Wednesday 17 October 2012
OlUYINKA AlAWOOI ulldln. ~ .~.. originally uled .. fannJan<b .... bemnoted ..one oIthe~the
Encroachment on farmlands aggravates floodin
10 huen.w., d$roytr@ and DUSing food intec;urtty. About 5,000 farms
durtns the TaIns lhaI fdJ Ia5t ~ In the Northmt. Ea!te'n and South South . .tetloftht rcdnalion. t...p and other 50mh West states haw hMt d1dr own fair share oIllood protMems.arne ~Ihs ago. Anoh,WI Mogall. chid fOxecullvf' of X Ray farm COniulnng.. ~who hu
praal-t 'arm1ng Indilkfmt cmmnunllktlClOSl1611lBies in Nigeria In the lasr IS yean. says nOO(ting of taunlands Is 001 a new phenomenon as a1moM every rwo 10 ltuft yun b.nnlands ~ flooded and f.rmen usually nnd • way round II, .Iyln! In
rean. howevft. man!
and more hou.ws are ~ coos.ructed on and around Iarmlanlk..mwol whk:b aft
rich In mobnu'e for crops 10
Thele are .rea. that
,.Iny nonnaIIy season ... and are very lood for certain kjnd. of crops RICh lIS rice. TOwards the end of the rainy teatOn -September and October, thHe &reM are abo used lor dle pianting of cmpI as the IaOO ~ the waH!r dttrin« the "linfall and therdore
thriw:. eve"I liD they lnllture in the dry JNeOn.
of ~ .., dose 10 these bnnlands makn k dlfftcuh for the nln waler 10 eMly... they ~ obstructttd by the ~ nodng that .. a mult. the Hood ~Ier on the 'armlands during Ihe ralnl have no meanl
of elcape and therefore IUbmerf;e the farmlands all weD all the communitirs that 1M round them. Ba,hlr Kalta of Ka,klnomal Farms, a Northern · based farmer, says II iJ true tiUll housIll8 ella Ie. are encroachlnK on farmlands. pIIrtkullrty !hose near the dUes. Some farmen In lhe Ease
twlw: IIbo rabed aIan:n OYer the mnvoenion of r.mJands near ddes to t-.sin& eswes
IionIIa« 0UdI Ony<madU. a representattw: of fannrrs In the East. notin8 mat stale ~lJ easDy mnvm farmllnds 10 residential
Around Beller area of Lap Sblte for imtaoc:e. up
unlilllboula d«ade . . the MIoIIUy of ~1uR; hMt a si&nboard nod,. tNt the
are. was tagged the KJftfI 1One, bul In recent yelrs the .... hal ~ C'OfW(!fted Into a reskkntlal area, and mualty gets Booded In the noIny ....... ThoUKh Ihere are cer:t.aI.D1y other faclors thai are nlture based Cluslng
Rood problems, '.rmetl are concerned and ""anI ~ 10 look into this min · made CIU.se I. well mher than IbnpIy attribu1in8 Ie 10 (IlIobaI ~ which bnmedWetyabloh\osieder.J. "lIe and local ~ts of Iny bla~. 1he flnners Wlnt lhe Issue of mas.slve fJoodins of farmlands 10 be <adIod ho...." ..y
World Food Day: Osun sues for food sufficiency
_-' d _ M REMI fEYISlPO
NlleTl1 loin, Ihe
of lhe wortd
, Governor Rauf ....~ oIo.m Slate has qid the 1'ftIftII r.c-rnment musl r~ lhe precariouI lrend In which thl' counlry .pends over N600 billion Innuilly on Importltion of
I d I' n Ilfy I n I
..tudon 10 the nMion's hnYy mianceon food Im~ the ~rnOi saki leaders of
the counuy thou6d mUilllI'f the ~itial will 10 ftId ~ In lhe<XJUIllry,..,..,."_~1O
~ the 0CCMi0n of the World Food Day IIth)"!8llO rme the campaigns for muslw food producrion IS _ have done inO!un."
In I menlle 'I'nl 10 Ihl' nilion I t II loin, olher counlri", In celebralln,!hb:
)"I'I"S World l:ood Day, Ihe JOftmor stlled thlt "uslnK
COGpmItM: mpnlAtloM .. lhe platform fOT orpnlslnB
rarma" towards their aifl'lWiliikill ; ~hiIIh
Jiekti.n8 improved ieedl1np
opponunhlel Will futlher ~ !he CIIpKIiW ol1he farmtn 10 produce~"
Accordln. 10 him , Ihl' time Is ripe for Ihe country IU
J:I1MIoce ","hal Ie would eM,.
on llficulrnre MI . , 10 be IIh
IlellCe, 11 amounts '0 tragedy of Immense prol.ortlon If a nllion IOSI'J luch nalul1l1 endowment, Ihrreby rt!lyinR on If"""", IWlHon 10 feed 115 I~ population· Again" Ih~ nckdrop of Illy unToward developmenl lround lhI' MJttd.lI¥hich could teltdlln rood ~. cm.n has embarked on mlulvl' rood production W III 10 be able to Jeed d)l' 0Y'I!f J mllllon
people and e.POll 10 othl" parts of thr country' fU 100 kJn&,thI' nation Ila5
For !he ~Of, Nl«erbi must be abl~ 10 produce 11.'1 own food "Ill a nilion ,hat
beorn 1M"" on ren1 economy without production basis. a atruallon lhat is so bad IhaithI' counlry Im~ basic footh. he lammlrod, sayillfl"thne I, OOIhlns 1ft don'l bnpon 11'5
can'lllH!d II~' I, doomrd: AteBbuola , In Ihe 1"lemen' b,. Semlu
.. bad IIlal WI' don' I prodlM:1' the r.-t WI' _I lhf'no cnukl be no blg:l'r lia,edy lor a
OkInlawnn. dlmc:1Of, RUIN\! of Communlcallons and SUIlrg)', nOled Ihal nldon II endowt!d
God I'ndoW1 manUm' wilh the abiUty to fend for tum.eU. lila!: narul1l1 entJooo"Ol'IlI Is
10 J:I1MIuce rood ~ for loaoI~pdon
n.,lon Ih., can I fl'l'd IIJ.ell.