Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of the Catholic Diocese of Kaduna Friday warned that the nation may experience famine in the coming year if the state and federal governments failed to guarantee the safety of farmers in southern Kaduna to go to farm as planting season approaches.
Kaduna state has recorded rain twice this year, an indication that farming activities may resume anytime soon.
The Archbishop told newsmen in an interview shortly after he presented Pope John Benedict II awards to 13 distinguished Catholics comprising of a Priest and 12 others at the Catholic Social Centre Kaduna as part of activities to celebrate 100 years of its Diocese, that in spite of efforts to address insecurity in the area, pocket of killings was still taking place.
He called for more proactive measures to nip the menace in the bud.
According to him, a lot of farm produce were already been wasted and some lost to bandits due to the inability of farmers to go to farm to harvest their crops as and when due because of the fear of the unknown.
He said, “You don’t need a prophet to tell you that because it is a simple logic that, failure to go to farm is sure hunger. Already a lot of them even cannot even harvest crops they planted last year. They have lost everything to bandits and therefore if they are not secured to go to farm this time, there will be famine beyond Kaduna State.
“Last week, we heard there was killing there again. We pray and hope that the situation improves. The rain is coming now and that means very soon, planting will start and if people who are farmers are not secured, can they go to farm and plant? And if that happens you can imagine the consequences of that by next year.
“So something needed to be done and done drastically so people can live their normal lives and do what they are suppose to do in the interest of people who don’t farm but eat and the country’s GDP in general.
“Therefore, it is still a matter of concern for us, and all we want is that peace should reign in that area. Government should do the needful. We know they are trying but they really need to ensure people are secured and they can go about their legitimate businesses.