Vanguard (Lagos)

16 December 2012

Nigeria: 'Recipe for Food Security'

Government has been advised to cultivate the attitude of preserving farm produce for longevity, which is the major reason for shortage of food in Nigeria because most of the food produced in the rural areas perish before reaching the consumers so the people should focus more on agriculture rather than oil sector, Mr. Benson Uwumarogie, an American-based Nigerian mathematics lecturer and farmer, said recently.

"The reason youths of today are into kidnapping is as a result of too much emphasis on oil money. And our leaders have not be living up to their responsibilities in developing and empowering the youths as it should be. The main problems of youths today is hunger", Uwumarogie's stated. He advised the government of Nigeria to play more active part in the agricultural sector, that the average rural farmer needs encouragement and follow up system in the disbursement of funds.

'This is how it is done in advanced countries; farmers are among the richest people in the United States. Food is not a major issue in Europe because of preservation, right method of farming, and proper distribution."

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