Editorial

UNCRITICIZED AGRIC POLICY

To stop the country sliding out of control in terms of its food shortage, we need skilled farmers and a sound strategy. Also policies must be criticized before implementation.
In order to impress, governments are dishing out feverishly uncooked ideas that nobody has weighed on the scale of realism. Obviously the woeful failure of earlier agrarian policies of past governments is haunting them. The economy is in its darkest days. In the circumstance, the governments should watch their tendency to approach the matter with muddled and nationally uncoordinated aims that tend to contradict one another.
It is perhaps not too late at this point in time to point out some pitfalls in the way we are going. In Imo state, for instance, the step by the government to draft all civil servants to work partly as farmers and partly as civil servants leaves Nigerians wondering why we should rob civil service to pay the agric sector when we need both at full capacity.
If the new policy will not suffer a strategic defeat on arrival, it should he suspended for now,  to lay the solid ground work for its efficient administration before takeoff. The civil servants will need to be guaranteed the implements/equipment and farmlands on which to work. This’ should be secured well in advance by the government. They will need local secretariats from
where they would be managed and administered. The program will involve them in a ‘lot of traveling to the farms and back. We can see Sots of un-anticipated complications. The
government owes much to the organizational aspect of the new move. The main problem will come from absenteeism and truancy. To check this, people from the same area should work together as groups or cooperatives, not in exclusion, but in collaboration with the local farmers. We should also be told how their products will not be pilfered and stolen all away. At this stage we should say: tarry awhile, plan well and then go.

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