The Nigerian Army says it is committed to ensuring the safety of farmers in Borno, to advance the production of paddy rice and other food crops.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Director, Army Public Relations Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu on Thursday.
According to the statement, the Acting General Commanding Officer (GOC), 7 Division, Brig. Gen. Bulama Biu, made the pledge when Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) paid him a courtesy visit in Maiduguri.
Biu said that the army would provide security to farmers to enable them to cultivate their farmlands and ensure their safety to encourage agricultural activities.
He emphasized that rice farmers were crucial stakeholders in ensuring food security for sustainable social and economic development in the country.
Biu, however, urged farmers to be law-abiding and ensure that they followed due-process in the discharge of their business.
While responding, the chairman of the association, Alhaji Bulama Mohammed lauded the military over the successes recorded in the counter-insurgency campaign in the northeast.
The chairman, pleaded with the military to ease movement of farm produce to the market.
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