By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—A Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Prof. Akinwunmi Omotayo has raised the alarm that failure of the government to control increase in population may lead to food insecurity in the country.
The food expert also warned against total abandonment of traditional ways of sustainable development because of technology.
Speaking at an Agricultural Stakeholders Forum organised by the department of Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre, AMREC, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, he said: “If we want to produce food sustainably we must embrace technology but we don’t need to copy the Americans in their ways of doing things, we have our own traditional/local way. Sustainable development is also about controlling population across the country.”
While speaking on farmers/herdsmen crises, he accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of aiding criminality in the way it has handled the clashes in the country.
Professor Omotayo described the activities of herdsmen in some states of the country as “criminal invasion of farmers’ land”, adding that the menace can only be ended if herders are arrested and prosecuted whenever they commit these gruesome attacks on innocent Nigerians.
“It is not farmers/herders conflict because the farmers sit in their farms without trying to harm anybody but somebody comes to invade that farm, eat up their crops and destroy their facilities. In most cases these farmers run away because the invaders are armed to the teeth…It is called criminal invasion of farms by the herdsmen. They are the aggressors because the farmers are doing their jobs without attacking anyone but it is the herders that invade their farms in most of the cases.”
“Way forward is when somebody commits a crime, he should be arrested and taken away and made to face the consequences… When a group of people continue to commit crime by killing people and destroying people’s property and nothing is done about it, it is like encouraging criminality. They keep moving from one location to the other and keep doing the same thing.”
Also speaking at the forum, Director of AMREC, Professor Dorcas Adegbite urged the Federal Government to implement policies that will make agriculture sustainable to foster development of the country.