The Concerned Youths Empowerment Association of Nigeria (CYEAN), an NGO, has called on Nigerians to take up farming as a second career to attain food sufficiency in the country.
Mr Noble Adaelu, CYEAN President, made the call on Wednesday in an interview with the News men in Abuja.
According to him, the country can address its economic challenges by fully exploiting it available manpower and arable land to boost the agriculture sector.
“What we are encouraging Nigerians to do is to go into farming. It is time for every Nigerian to go into farming irrespective of their profession, own a farm.
“That is the best way we can make Nigeria a global power house in food and agriculture.
“So if we do not go into farming, we have to go outside to import the raw materials. God has blessed Nigeria with arable land, why not just make use of it.’’
He decried the culture of using arable land for unaffordable housing projects instead of for agricultural purposes.
He charged Nigerians to cultivate the culture of having backyard gardens as a way of augmenting their incomes