Stakeholders Call For Community Agricultural Initiative To Beatdown Food Prices
By Abdullah Ahmed
As part of contributions to complement government efforts in ensuring food security in the country, Community Agricultural Initiative Programme, CAIP, has embarked on “Back to Farm Campaign in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The campaign in collaboration with Radio Nigeria – Harmony FM, Tunji and Tunji Enterprise, Agric House, Zimsworld Farms and Albarika FM is aimed at encouraging subsistence farming for food surplus.
Speaking during the rally, Coordinator of the programme, Mr Oduwole Ademola Timothy explained that the motive behind the campaign was to sensitise Nigerians on the need for them to go back to farm in order to address high cost of staple food at the market.
Mr Timothy added that this would also help in reducing unemployment, hunger and poverty as there is abundant potentialities in agriculture.
He however appealed to government at all levels, individuals and organisations to support the community agricultural initiative to boost food production.
A technical partner, Mr Femi Afolabi who stressed that the market price of food would fall when there is enough production, appealed to government and well-to-do individuals to support farmers in the area of zero interest loan, farm implements and other inputs to enhance productivity.
To deliver their message, the back to farm campaign team had banners with various inscriptions such as Okoya, Mukoma Gona, Laghachi N’ Ugbo, Go to Farm, Say No to Famine, Subsistence farming: Way to food surplus.
The rally took off from KWACCIMA House at Afon junction, Gamon through Offa Garage in Ilorin, Kwara State.