The Nigerian government has been advised to invest in mechanized farming to forestall threats to food security in the country.
A senior lecturer at the department of History and International studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo state, Dr. Adedayo Afe gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Akure.
Dr Afe who was reacting to the alarm raised by concerned groups in the northern part of the country over recurring herdsmen attack on their farms said government’s investment in Agriculture and large scale farming would help address the menace.
He observed that herdsmen menace were on the increase because the owners of the herds were powerful individuals in the country hence the sabotage in prosecution of such herdsmen.
According to Afe “let’s assume that about twenty of us put resources together with heavy finance from the bank, everybody including the government will be interested in protecting that farm. I believe it will be a no go area for the herdsmen”
Dr Afe who also called on international organizations to partner farmers by investing in Nigeria’s Agriculture said nobody dares attack such facilities “because it will carry along international implications, diplomacy, security and economic implications while no right thinking government will like to hear anything negative about it in the international media”
He maintained that such efforts would take into consideration the much needed security while food safety would be guaranteed.