What’s meals safety? Effectively, in trying to reply this query, there are two key phrases that stand out right here – meals and safety.
Meals, in response to the dictionary is any substance that individuals or animals eat or drink to remain alive.
Rice, beans, millet, fish, meat, water, dairy merchandise, greens, fruits, alcohol, wine and tender drinks are a number of the meals and drinks we all know.
Safety, however is about safety and freedom from threats, violence, hazard, worries, massacre and even demise. So, in my very own phrases, meals safety is principally about having meals to eat with your loved ones.
Allow us to zero in on Nigeria and take a look at some statistics on agricultural transformation. Nigeria, as you recognize has an estimated inhabitants of about 150 million individuals from 774 native authorities areas and 36 states and Abuja. Good market, in case you ask me.
However, about 80% individuals in Nigerians stay within the rural areas. These residents are largely outdated, uneducated peasant farmers with crude, out of date instruments, making an attempt to maintain their souls and physique collectively.
However of the identical coin, there are huge time farmers in main cities throughout the nations, who’re into trendy, mechanized giant scale farming.
These farmers most often export their farm merchandise to developed nations like the US of America, United Kingdom, amongst different nations to earn foreign exchange. Little of those merchandise are left for native consumption.
So, with about 98.3 million hectares of land mass in Nigeria, solely 73.7millionn, representing lower than 50% are underneath cultivations, at the same time as 80% of funds offered by the Nigerian authorities can’t be accessed by the poor, outdated, uneducated farmers on the rural areas.
But, we’re preaching the gospel of meals safety. It’s the wealthy and nicely linked huge time farmers that get to entry the funds.
No surprise with the N18, 000, some staff can’t feed themselves with their salaries for 2 weeks.
Analysis has proven that within the final ten years, our beloved nation has spent greater than $2 billion importing all kinds of meals and drinks raging from rice, bean, meat, fish, dairy merchandise and wheat from different nations to Nigeria.
So, what I’m driving at right here is solely that it’s the enterprise of presidency to create an enabling surroundings for farmers, huge time and peasants to function from with a purpose to feed the residents.
Reality is that all around the world, authorities doesn’t have the capability to run companies and succeed.
The intense enterprise of making certain that meals and drinks can be found to the citizen of any nation must be left completely within the arms of personal buyers, with authorities present the funds, energy provide, water, fertilizers, instruments and seedlings, amongst different gadgets.