By; KUNLE SANI, Kaduna
As this year rainy season sets in, farmers have been advised to take precautionary measures while on the farm to avoid being kidnapped.
This advice was handed down by the chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mr. Apollos Thomas while speaking with New Nigerian Online on Saturday.
He said farmers must be extra careful while on the farm by quickly reporting any suspicious movement or raise alarm to prevent being kidnapped by unsuspecting kidnappers.
He suggested that farmers should move in their large numbers if possible employ the service of the vigilante for the period of their stay on the farm.
“No amount is too high to pay for the security of life, farmers are at risk in the hands of the kidnappers simply because they know that they are not conscious of security “, he added.
Apollos equally advised youths who have interest in farming activities to form co-operative societies so that collectively work on the farm in their numbers.
The chairman called on the government to come to the aid of farmers in terms of security, “if the country want to guide against draught in the country, because farmers could no longer farm as before”.
He also counselled youth to always mobilise themselves on the farm to safeguard farmers on their farm sites, as according to him farmers would feel secured on the farm.
The chairman said the government has a lot to do in this area as food is important to everyone hence the need for it to do all that is possible to safe farmers.