Shua’abu Musa, a professor of agricultural engineering with the Abubakar Tafawabalewa University Bauchi, has warned government at levels in Nigeria to support dry season farming to forestall possible hunger in the country.
Professor Musa said that the unsteady rainfall experienced over the just concluded farming season led to poor harvest, adding that food prices in the country maintained an all-time high due to low farm yields and the attendant effects of COVID-19 on the Nigerian economy.
He said that government across all levels of governance in the country must provide farmers and youth with the necessary farm implements and support services pertinent to dry season farming so as to maintain a steady food supply to the dining tables of Nigerians.
Professor Shu’aibu Musa said that Nigeria has a lot of untapped agricultural potentials which if properly harnessed, will not only spell a buoyant economy for the nation but also food security, hence the need for all stakeholders to put their hands on deck to mobiles youth into the agricultural sector.
The University Don maintained that the proportion of youths in Nigeria is very large and if the youths will use their energy in agriculture, it is certain that the productivity of the sector will improve and by extension, ensure job creation.