As part of efforts to increase food production, a lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Enugu state, Mr Desmond Ibe, has advised the Federal Government to set up farm settlements across the country.
Mr Ibe who gave the advice in an interview with Journalists in Nsukka, said that the establishment of farm settlements in local government areas would not only boost food production but provide job opportunities to the youths.
“Government should consider establishing farm settlements in every local government area in the country to boost food production and provide employment for millions of Nigerians.
“With farm settlements in every local government, the nation’s revenue will improve which which will help the government to embark on more developmental projects,” he explained.
He added that aside from providing employment and food in abundance, the farms would become a major revenue earner for the councils.
The lecturer recalled that some of the premier universities in Nigeria, like UNN, were built with proceeds from agriculture in 1960s.
According to him, many of the developed nations made huge investments in agriculture, which helped to boost their foreign exchange earnings.
“Diversifying Nigeria’s economy through agriculture is a good development that will earn the country more foreign exchange through the exportation of more agricultural products,” Mr Ibe said.