Impact of Security Challenges Affecting Farmers Along Kaduna-Abuja Express Way and Birnin Gwari Road in Kaduna State, Nigeria
Authors: Sunday IN, Usman M, Mohammed IU
DOI Info: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5805211
A recently identified challenge farmers are faced with is insecurity in the form of kidnapping and banditry, and therefore, access to farm land for cultivation due to fear of either being kidnapped or threat to life is a misfortune to national food supply. It is against this background that the present study was conducted by identifying 15 abandoned poultry farms (capacity of 5000 - 20000 bird) along Kaduna-Abuja Express way and 15 abandoned crop farms (size ranging between 5 – 10 ha) along Birnin Gwari Road. Structured questionnaires were administered to farmers through purposive sampling techniques, and descriptive statistic and charts were used to present the results of the data obtained. Results showed a loss in capacity of poultry farms of between 37% to 100% and capacity reduced to (1000 – 5000 birds) along Kaduna-Abuja Express way. The average loss in poultry production capacity was 85% and the capacity under production is 15%. It was also found out that the loss in crop farm size was between (2 – 7 ha). The average loss in farm size i.e. crop farming area was 64% and the farm size used for crop farming is 36% for the past two years for fear of being kidnapped or killed by armed bandits. It is therefore recommended that the government should pursue this issue of insecurity bedeviling the nation with utmost sincerity to bring it to an end, in order to preserve a consistent and non-disruptive national food supply chain.
Affiliations: Department of Water Resources & Environmental Management, National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Keywords: Agriculture, Crop Farm, Farmers, Food Security, Insecurity, Poultry Farms
Published date: 2021/12/30