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In a recent interview with Channel TV, Dr. Idris Rufus Oluwafemi, the country director of Heifers International, shed light on the pivotal role both the government and the people play in achieving food security in Nigeria. Emphasizing that food security is a shared responsibility, he urged Nigerians to actively participate in agricultural activities, citing the vast uncultivated arable land that could be utilized for planting various cash crops and vegetables.

Dr. Oluwafemi highlighted that out of the country’s 80 million hectares of fertile land, a significant 50 million hectares remain uncultivated. This untapped potential could be a crucial resource in addressing the nation’s food security challenges. Acknowledging the importance of agriculture in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, he stressed that focusing on food security would bring about numerous socio-economic benefits.

The country director advocated for incentives for farmers and the improvement of infrastructure to facilitate agricultural activities. He emphasized that supporting farmers, particularly those in rural areas, is vital as they constitute the backbone of food production, feeding the majority of the population residing in urban centers.

Addressing the issue of transportation, Dr. Oluwafemi called for increased government investment in road infrastructure, linking high farm production areas to regions with high consumption demands. He cited the example of transporting farm produce from the northern to the southern part of the country, underscoring the need for efficient logistics and support for farmers.

Furthermore, Dr. Oluwafemi highlighted the importance of addressing the security concerns faced by farmers. He emphasized that the safety of those involved in agriculture should be taken seriously, urging the government to implement measures to safeguard farmers and their livelihoods.

In conclusion, Dr. Idris Rufus Oluwafemi’s insights underscore the collective effort required to ensure food security in Nigeria. By harnessing the untapped agricultural potential, providing support to farmers, improving infrastructure, and addressing security concerns, the nation can pave the way for a more resilient and food-secure future.

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