Professor Mohammed Khalid Othman, The Executive Director, National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS), has expressed fear that the rising banditry in some part of Katsina state, may greatly affect food production in this year’s farming season.
Katsina Post had earlier reported that Bandits killed at least 15 farmers at Yar Gamji village in Batsari Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State. The farmers were said to be working on their farmland when the bandits attacked and killed them.
In an interview with Katsina Post, Prof. Khalid raised concern that communities being attacked are predominantly farming communities that produce food for state and national consumption.
With reference to recent killings of farmers, Prof. Khalid asked the Federal and State governments to quickly intervene and bring an end to the killings and destruction of farming communities in Katsina state.
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Prof. Khalid said: “Coming during the farming season, the banditry has threatened to unleash hunger on the people of the region and the State generally next year, as the predominantly farming communities are restricted to cultivating only their backyard farms for fear of attacks in their far-off farmlands.
“Most people are afraid of going to their farms because they face the risks of death and loss of sources of livelihood. He added
However, admitted that security agencies are doing their best to contain the insecurity, but demanded that community policing must be in place noting that security is a responsibility of all.
He also charged the Traditional, religious, and political leaders in the State to redouble efforts toward finding the lasting solution of banditry in the state.