By Stanley Onyekwere
As Nigeria today joins to mark this year’s world Food Day, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through its Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) is urging residents to be actively engaged in agricultural activity, to boost food security.
Making this point, the ARDS Secretary, Mr Stanley Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe while briefing newsmen in his office, said it will help cushion the effect of food insufficiency.
The activities for the celebration of 2017 world food day with the theme “change the future of migration: invest in food security and Rural development.”
The ARDS boss noted that the whole essence of life is food and shelter.
“This year’s food we are anchoring it on the Mr President’s promise to Nigerians about self-sufficiency in food production. Nigerians trying to feed themselves.
“So I’m urging all our residents in the FCT and indeed the entire Nigerians to know that whatever you do in life is geared towards feeding your stomach.
“Therefore, this year which gearing up to little dry season farming, every man, every family must plant something.
“This can be done even you don’t a farmland, you can do so around around your house.
“Let’s have a system where we have the zeal to produce ourselves; and the commercial farmers can produce to feed themselves and take some to the market,” he stressed.
He explained that the FCT has put tremendous effort towards the food production.
According to him: “We have several areas mapped out for various Agricultural activities.
“At Paiko Kore, we have over 10,000 hectares of land for both animal grazing and other crop production in the area.
“And over 5,000 hectares of land are under plantation with giant elephant grass, which can enhance cattle production and eliminate clash between herdsmen and farmers in FCT.
“There is also the value added chain on ensuring that what we produced is not wasted by effectively processing Agricultural products.”
He adds that the “CBN’s Anchor borrower’s programme has given real impetus to Agricultural productivity in FCT and nationwide, because 100 hectares of land provided for cluster farming across the six Area Councils of the FCT.”