Understanding that scarcity of food could lead to various sources of insecurity in the country, Prof. Eustace Iyayi, Director of Nigeria Institute of Animal Science, has urged government to ensure food sufficiency.
Iyayi made the call Thursday in his keynote address at the founder’s day celebration of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Ibadan.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Nigeria: Food Security, Internal Security and Feedlot System’, the animal scientist noted that if there was a shortfall in the availability of food in a nation, there will be social unrest which could lead to national insecurity.
Iyayi said that a peaceful environment was a requirement to a productive agricultural environment which could result to food security.
He called for the development of a commercial pasture production value chain and resuscitation of livestock breeding centres for the country to achieve its desired food and nutrition security,
He stressed the need for a special reserve fund to be provided out of the recently approved agricultural development fund by the Senate.
“There is also need for immediate conversion of the gazetted grazing reserves( 145 of them out the 405 grazing reserves) in the North with only 2 in Oyo state into ranches,” he said.
The highlights of the event were foundation laying ceremony of the college alumni project, cutting of cake and presentation of awards to some of the institution’s alumni and partners for contributing to the development of the school.