Sa’idu Namaska, Emir of Kontagora, has appealed to bandits to allow farmers carry out farming activities in the current planting season.
The emir, who was represented on Tuesday by the Niger State Chairman of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Shehu Galadima, at the Third Niger Wet Season Agricultural Inputs and Equipment Fair in Minna, the state capital, also asked the state government to recruit more agro-rangers who will protect farmers when they go to their farms.
The monarch noted that bandits also need food to survive, saying the food scarcity in the country may become worse if farmers are not allowed to go back to their farms.
He also lamented the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on farming activities in 2020.
“Bandits, please allow us to go to farm. We need food, you also need food. If we farm, there will be food…Please, allow us to farm,” he said.
On his part, Zkari Haliru Jikantoro, Niger State Commissioner for Agriculture, assured farmers that the state government is doing its best to ensure the safety of citizen in the state.
Jikantoro said the spate of attacks by bandits in the state has reduced because of the security strategies recently put in place by the state government.
“You would notice that the government has put in place measures to ensure that the farmers will not be affected by this banditry or insecurity,” he stated.