- Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has reacted to the blockade of food from the south by northern food dealers
- Aare Adams charged the southwest governors to inject more funds into the agriculture sector to ensure food security in the region
- Also, the spokesperson of Afeniefere, Yinka Odumakin, also said the southwest region can feed itself without depending on any other region
Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has called on the governors in the six southwest states to inject at least 15% of their annual budget into agriculture.
The prominent Yoruba chief explained in a statement sent to Legit.ng that this will play a huge impact in providing sustainable food production for the region
He said this on Friday, March 5, in reaction to the blockage of the food from the north to the south by northern food dealers.
Aare Adams explained that the six state governments can employ expertise from the Rwanda model in the agricultural sector.
He said investment in agriculture will provide employment, enhance the IGR, provide food security, reduce urban congestion, and enlarge the coast for participatory modernised agriculture.
Aare Adams added that the food blockade is a clarion call to the southwest stakeholders, including security groups, to provide the necessary security for farmers in order to produce enough agricultural produce.
He said it is embarrassing for the northern food dealers to think they are doing the south a favour by bringing food to the region.
The Yoruba chief said though the blockade has been suspended, it was a blessing for the southwest because will trigger an agricultural revolution in the region.
He advised the governors in the region to seek a better approach to enhance both small and large scale farming and further strengthen the security architecture.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, in his view, said the southwest region can conveniently feed itself without dependence on any other region, adding that there is an urgent need to go back to the farm.
The Afenifere publicity scribe described the north's blockade of foodstuffs to the south as a challenge to the southwest.
According to him, the southwest used to generate its major revenue from agriculture in the pre-independence period.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Aare Adams, Yoruba Summit Group, and Sunday Igboho were campaigning for a boycott of beef in the southwest region.
This was made known in an advertorial published on a one-day symbolic beef boycott tagged, “Anything but Cow Day” with the theme, “Towards Terminating the Cow Pandemic.”
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