By Ike Ohakwe – Abuja.
The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Professor Christopher Eze, on Monday called on authorities to embark on negotiations and discussions with the aggrieved farmers to address the insecurity challenges in the country.
He spoke while addressing newsmen in his office in Owerri, about the issue of insecurity in the country.
To this extent, he disclosed that the institution has started the process of “planting on over 10 hectares of land to cultivate all types of crops as the contribution of the institution to reduce the challenge of food shortages.
“In as much we do this, we call on authorities to embark on negotiation and discussion with these our farmers so they can go back to their farms.”
“On what we are doing to help in reducing the effect of food shortage, is to enlarge the area of cultivation. We now planting on 10 to 15 hectares of land of different crops. All these are to provide food for our people. We are now engaged and working on research on sustaining the availability of crops beyond the season.”
He also highlighted the moves by the university that; “7 universities have been linked up to the European Union, EU, to carry out research and the UNIDO. we are doing the research with them. Imo, Ogun, and Kwara among others. The outcome will be moved up to aid the farmers. Because we are looking at the product the farmers will produce.”