by fabulous reporter
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has urged the Federal Government to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and other farmers’ associations for effective implementation of the food security plan.
AFAN’s Chairman, Lagos and South-West Zone, Dr Femi Oke disclosed this to the media on Wednesday in Lagos, while reacting to President Bola Tinubu’s national broadcast on Monday.
He said the broadcast was a welcome development as Nigerians had been expecting it to cushion the effect of cost of foods in the markets.
Oke said he was doubtful on the implementation of Tinubu’s food security plan without adequate planning and synergy with relevant stakeholders.
According to him, if the government deploys appropriate technique and expertise, the food security plan will be achieve.
“We, as farmers, are only skeptical about the implementation of the food plan. We believe that if the right peg is put in the right hole, the palliative will get to the masses.
“From the speech, the grey area we feel that is left out by the president is the area of technology which is not mentioned at all.
“Supplying fertiliser and grains is good but we want government to really identify and work closely with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and especially, AFAN which is the umbrella body of farmers in the country.
“By involving AFAN, the implementation of all the palliative can be evenly distributed and be accounted for.
“For now, we are happy and we believe that within the shortest time, if all these things listed by the Federal Government are implemented, it will ease current hardship and insecurity,’’ he said.The chairman, however, expressed worry that the president’s speech did not address mechanisation.