By Solomon Attah
The continue spread of coronavirus across the states of the federation, especially at the rural areas is becoming worrisome that if nothing was done, it would prevent farmers engaged in this year’s farming activities.
The Chairman of Nasarawa Eggon Local Government, Danlami Idris Mohammed who decried the situation, said should nothing be done urgently, a plague worst than the dreadful virus would hit the country.
The chairman who called for a concerted efforts by government at all levels to halt the spread of the pandemic, said the only remedy now is for Nigerians to go back to farm as a measure to diversify the country’s economy.
The Council Chairman who stated this in an interview with newsmen said, should the federal and state government directive of state-at-home persist beyond necessary, it would affect the production capacity of food crops in the country, hence people, especially those at the rural areas be allowed to engage in farming activities.
Mohammed noted that the rising cases of coronavirus is already affecting the economy and the wage bill of Local Government workers, saying there is every need for the people to go back to farm.
“As it is now, farming is the only option for the people, and if they will be restricted from going to their farms, then the hunger that will strike in the coming months will be worst than COVID-19 pandemic.
“Aside from this, the country as a whole might experience hunger crisis and hike in price of food crops due to the cases of coronavirus.
“So, I am advocating that government should encourage the people for an aggressive and a robust farming activities that will ensure sufficient food and food security for the country”, Idris. explained.
According to the council boss, diversifying on the country’s economy at this time is very important to cushion the challenges that will befall the people after COVID-19.
Mohammed who commended Governor abdullahi Sule for being proactive in controlling the spread of COVID-19, called on the people of his locality to embrace farming activities with all seriousness to pending danger.