The Federal Government is making a security arrangement whereby farmers in the country will pay fees for protection from kidnappers while in their farms.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, dropped the hint yesterday in Abuja while speaking with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting.
Ogbe, who was responding to a question on the perennial attacks on farmers by suspected Fulani herdsmen, said he and the Minister of Interior had met and were considering the security situation in the agriculture sector.
He said the government had to use a legitimate instrument of state to stop the abductions because a farmer has no right to buy an AK47 rifle to protect himself.
He also disclosed that a development programme was underway in the Federal Capital Territory to stop cows from being moved around. He said the federal government would not force anyone to provide land for grazing reserves, even as some states were willing to make lands available.
Ogbe also said the government was aware of crises in many families as a result of serious food shortage, adding that the Federal Executive Council had approved a new agriculture road map to address food shortage in the country.
He said The Green Alternative, meant for agricultural operations in the next three years, outlined government’s policies and objectives of seeing agriculture as the next biggest alternative in its drive to diversify the economy. Read more