PLANNED CULTIVATION OF 500,000 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BOOST FOOD PRODUCTION, SAYS GROUP
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on January 31, 2024
The Independent Media and Policy Initiative (IMPI), an advocacy group, voiced support for President Bola Tinubu’s ambitious plan to cultivate 500,000 hectares of land across the country, potentially aiding in lowering food costs.
At a press conference in Abuja, the group’s Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, lauded the collaboration between the federal government and state governments on this initiative, aiming to “stem inflation and ensure food security” in Nigeria.
“We are optimistic that Nigerians will soon start reaping the benefits of this joint effort,” he stated, expressing confidence in the initiative’s potential to improve the nation’s food security situation.
To ensure the plan’s success, Akinsiju highlighted the government’s additional push for an irrigation program. This program, he believes, will “facilitate and guarantee all-year-round farming,” further maximizing its impact on food production and availability.
While the initiative’s effectiveness remains to be seen, IMPI’s endorsement adds to the growing number of voices supporting the plan. If implemented effectively, the large-scale farming project could contribute to easing the burden of rising food prices on Nigerians and bolstering the nation’s food security in the long run.
However, concerns regarding land allocation, funding transparency, and long-term sustainability remain issues that require careful consideration and responsible execution. Time will tell whether this bold initiative delivers on its promise of lowering food costs and strengthening Nigeria’s food security.
Source: Jordan105.5fm News Bulletin.