Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday urged the states and Federal government to give farmers in the country more support to ensure a hunger – free country by the year 2025.
Obasanjo, who said he is the Chairman of Zero Hunger – a farmers’ organisation in Nigeria, said the group resolved to achieve increased food production in eight years time.
The ex- President, who had also divested into feeds and fingerlings productions, made the call when members of the Egba Cluster Farming Initiative (ECFI) visited him at his residence on Presidential Hilltop Estate in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He said the farmers in the country required quality encouragement and support of governments, institutions and well – meaning individuals to make “food available in plenty and affordable to Nigerians.”
According to him, government can help the nation’s farmers meet the objective through policy and creation of conducive environment that would encourage food production.
He urged the ECFI delegation led by its president, Suleiman Egberongbe, to begin with cluster farming in fishing, poultry, cassava and rice farming before venturing into tree crops that have long gestation period.
He assured the group that they would have no challenges getting raw materials – feeds and fingerlings for their fish farms, as he is into production of feeds and fingerlings.