As the world’s population is predicted by United Nations to hit 8 billion by November 15, 2022, with Nigeria’s standing at over 210 million, the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Tuesday, demanded incentives to produce more food to feed the huge population.
This was the reaction of the National President, AFAN, Arc Kabir Ibrahim, over the fast growing Nigerian population which food production is at an arithmetic dimension.
Ibrahim maintained that without proper incentives for farmers the over 210 million mouths will face severe hunger if deliberate efforts are not made to boost farmers’capacity to produce food.
He said: “The smallholder farmers should be properly incentivized to produce more by ensuring security, the provision of readily affordable seeds, fertilizers and other inputs as well as adequate mechanization and encouragement to adopt relevant technologies and innovations.
“The existence of large arable land, abundant water resources,other land resources and mineral resources should help to bolster agricultural productivity in Nigeria.