Food security: South West farmers, Miyetti Allah sign MoU on peaceful co-existence

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and the Southwest Farmers at the weekend signed a memorandum of understanding of peaceful coexistence between them in the zone.

Speaking with journalists after the signing of the peace MoU at a day summit in Ibadan, the coordinator of the South west Commodities Farmers Organization, Mr Olusegun Dasaolu, disclosed that the summit was aimed at finding lasting solution to some challenges confronting farmers in South-West states.

Mr Dasaolu maintained that the MoU symbolizes an agreement between the herders and South west farmers to work in unity to improve food production and sustainability within the region and by extension Nigeria.

” What the memorandum of understanding with cattle breeders translates to is that the farmers in the Southwest and the herders have agreed to work together for the unity of farmers and the progress of Agriculture so that conflicts will be resolved amicably amongst the stakeholders”, he said.

Mr Dasaolu added, ” And from this moment on, the first step we are going to take is to identify the genuine herders in Southwest and who are the genuine farmers and we have agreed to connect better”

“ This is going to go a long way in solving food crisis in the sense that farmers will now feel secured to go back to their farms and so Agricultural production will increase and this is going to assist greatly in the renewed hope of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu”

The National Chairman of Miyyeti Allah, Othman Ngelzarma, while speaking said the signing of the MoU was an opportunity to chart a way forward on ensuring the security both Farmers and herders in the South West.

Ngelzarma stressed that farmers and herders in the Southwest are now united as brothers and must collaborate effectively to identify and address any problematic elements within the pastoralist community in the region.

The Southwest Director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Abimbola Akeredolu, in his remarks advocated for the continued deployment of technological solutions in agriculture to support farmers and enhance food production.