A lecturer at the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Daisy Eruvbetine, has urged government to increase the support given to small scale farmers as they hold the key to food security in the country.
She gave the advice Wednesday in Abuja at the public presentation of a 306-page book titled "Promoting Policy and Legislative Intervention for Food Security in Nigeria: An Audit of Existing Policies on Food Reserve Systems".
She said: "is of paramount importance that important group of farmers be given adequate support, recognition and importance for the noble profession they practice."
Eruvbetine regretted that although the Strategic Grain Reserve was established in 1995, the bill for the establishment of the National Food Reserve Agency is yet to be signed into law.
While giving an insight into the outcome of a research carried out to determine the strength and structure of Nigeria's animal population, she said the target population for cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry ranged from 3.91 to 20.78 percent with sheep having the highest gap and poultry the lowest.