Nigeria @ 60: We are Green!Posted by Adedamola Odukoya
TOGETHER: Back then in primary school, I asked a teacher, “Sir, what does this dirty black shield stand for in the coat of arms?” He responded, “It is not dirty. It is the fertile soil”. For years, I have equally seen that the national flag represents our identity; the double green!
The soil is the pride of Nigeria, and it signifies our heritage in Agriculture. We are in fact, together on the grounds of Agriculture.
South East – Cassava, Yam, Cocoa, Oil Palm, Rice, Vegetables
South West – Cassava, Yam, Cocoa, Oil Palm, Rice, Vegetables
North East – Wheat, Rice, Maize, Millet, Sorghum, Vegetables, Sugar Cane, Cassava, Cowpea, Tomato, Cotton
North Central – Wheat, Rice, Maize, Millet, Sorghum, Vegetables, Sugar Cane, Cassava, Cowpea, Tomato, Cotton, Yam
North West – Wheat, Rice, Maize, Millet, Sorghum, Vegetables, Sugar Cane, Cassava, Cowpea, Tomato, Cotton
South South – Cassava, Yam, Cocoa, Oil Palm, Rice, Vegetables
It is clear that Nigeria is indeed not dirty, but fertile! Not just crops strive perfectly well on our soil, animals as well are well distributed across the blessed Nigerian nation.
Cattle can be found mostly in the north, such as Sokoto, Borno, Taraba, and Kaduna. These regions where cattle are found also have plenty of goats and sheep. Goats and sheep are also found in Kwara, Enugu, Osun, Oyo, and Enugu states.
Pigs are found in the southern states in Nigeria, while poultry birds are found almost everywhere on the Nigerian soil. Camels, donkeys, and horses are commonly found in Sokoto, Kebbi, Kastina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, and Borno states.
Fish farming is common in riverine areas like Delta, Ondo, Lagos, Rivers, and states close to major rivers.
According to history, after oil discovery in the 50s, agriculture has been relegated and the lands abandoned. It is quite disheartening that Nigeria, a leading exporter of farm produce in the 60s/70s is no longer self-sufficient in food production, and has soon become a leading food importer!
The lands are still green!
We can save Nigeria by returning to the farm. The soils are still fertile. The lands are still arable and we are still able!
Celebrating Nigeria @ 60, in one voice of “together”, we can as well in that spirit revive the Nigerian spirit of agriculture.
Truly, Nigeria is green!
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