The contribution of farmers towards food security and economic advancement of a nation cannot be overemphasized.
That is why a special day depending on each country’s calendar is set aside to reward hardworking farmers and to tilt Government attention to agricultural development.
Even though Nigeria is yet to observe the day, Taravoices correspondent seeks to examine the significance of the day in line with Federal Government’s diversification policy.
The historical background and origin of National Farmers Day can be traced back to the year 1800 where on annual basis, hardworking farmers in America were rewarded as morale booster.
The Day is celebrated separately across the Globe depending on the country’s calendar. The most fitting months are September, October and November because by that period many farmers will be winding up their harvests and be less busy to attend the ceremony.
The Chairman Taraba State All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Abdulrahman Biams described the National Farmers Day as a great avenue where Nigerian hardworking farmers need to be encouraged, stating that if you can get food on your table, thank farmers for supplying the ever growing population with food.
A retired Permanent Secretary turned farmer, Mrs Lydia Ambitumi who said she finds farming as a hobby, stressing that every civil servant or unemployed individual should embrace farming because it pays.
Dr. Reuben Jonathan of the Department of Agriculture, Economics and Extension, Taraba State University in his professional view decried the drastic reduction in agricultural activities in Nigeria and Taraba State in particular amongst the youth’s.
He advised that in the face of this economic downturn Nigeria is going through, Government at all levels and the public must tilt their attention towards agricultural advancement which he said will serve as a panacea to the ugly trend.
They unanimously expressed confidence with the way the Federal and State Governments have prioritize Agricultural activities with a view to making the country self sustaining in the area of food security.