In line with its policy on food security, the federal government has called on all Nigerians to plant something, as it declared that about 50 million out of the 80 million hectares of arable land in the country remained uncultivated.
Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, made the call in his office on Monday in Abuja when he had in audience journalists covering the Senate.
According to him, food security is the most critical of the 8-point agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration because of multifaceted benefits derivable from it.
He posited some of the benefits to include war against corruption, because some people take to corrupt ways of life as a result of hunger, just as some others also take to crime as a result of poverty which in itself , can be substantially addressed by food security.
“When you secure their stomachs, the tendency for average Nigerians, to resort to corruption or outright crime and criminalities would be reduced.
“Nigerians need to key into the policy by planting something wherever they live.
“Government is also determined to get substantial part of the uncultivated hectares of land in the country cultivated .
“As it is presently, out of 70 – 80 million hectares of arable land in the country, only 34million hectares , are cultivated , meaning that there is more than enough uncultivated arable land for government and Nigerians to explore for farming and by extension, ensuring food security in the country,” he said.