Prepare the youths that are ready to venture into Agriculture and provide resources for them.
Nutritional Experts and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) SITOG Nigeria, Mrs. Grace Ajayi has appealed to the South West governors to engage and encourage youths in the region by giving them soft loans for farming.
She disclosed this on Monday while reacting to the recent food blockade as a wakeup call on the governments to ensure food abundance in their states.
Recall, the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria blocked food supply and cows from the North to South over insecurity and the attack on their members at Shasha market in Oyo State.
According to her, when they stopped the transportation of cows to the South West, it was tough because it became difficult for people to get cows to buy as they became very expensive.
“We have to travel far from Ogun State to Kwara State to buy a cow for about N350, 000 and it was extremely expensive,” she said.
Ajayi, further stressed that the cow they used to buy for N200,000 was sold for N300,000 to N350, 000 respectively during the period and that this made it difficult for the people to make profit.
“The cows were expensive during the period but I had to make it available in order to retain my customers. Whether it was profitable or not, we had to make it available”, she added.
To avert such occurrence in the future, Ajayi urged South West governors to prepare the youths that are ready to venture into Agriculture and provide resources for them.
“Some of these youths are ready to venture into farming but they have no resources. I want to appeal to the governors in the South West to do everything to prepare the youths and there will be food sufficiency for us all,” she added.