By Sunday James
At the moment, the whole world is going through a period of uncertainty caused by the outbreak of Corona Virus (Covid-19). The virus is yet to have a known clinically tested or proven drug as cure.
Food solution therefore is an initiative geared towards recommending and suggesting appropriate nutrients that is of value to human body. Within this period, when nations are locking their borders, and the states are restricting movements to contain the spread of the virus.
Food to the human body is a security to boast immunity, generate strength and stamina to enable mobility and keep the system functioning as required.
Fasting on the other hand as a spiritual ritual exercise, has its place in keeping the body and soul alert to the spiritual demands.
At a time like this, food supply chain is essential and appropriate for those on medication, children and the aged. For the healthy, food management is very important to combat hunger and starvation. As the raining season steps in, the lock down would not allow free movements and group actions germane to farming. This no doubt suggests an impending famine that may lead to shortage of food supply and hike in price of commodities.
Not only that, ability to stock food due to limited access to cash flow through the financial institutions is also a challenge.
With limited resources, certain categories of food are getting out of reach otherwise if purchased could reduce hunger and sustain families at this crucial time. For instance, beans whether a bag or two for a small family is a necessity.
While organisations can go for 100 bags of food, states can acquire metric tonnes food as well to add as protein supplements for the citizens. This is not the time for beef or red meat rather fish fresh or roasted, vegetables and fruits in large quantities.
To make this happen it is wise to encourage dry season farmers to do more in cultivating vegetables and fruits such as banana that survives along streams and water sides.
Rice germinates on water log and flooded areas and that can only happen until heavy rains sets in. Therefore, the soaring price of rice and availability due its being a seasonal food already is a concern.
Critical to survival during this lock down, fishing should be encouraged in ponds or built-up-ponds within a compound if there is space without necessarily going far.
Any space around the house will be good for fishing with drained water, thus, with a garden where vegetables are planted, it will help in generating additional income as well as food supplies for the family, neighborhood and even community.
Government can equally boost food production using existing farms and Correctional Services farmlands can be converted to quickly boost food production thereby reducing the hours of lockup for inmates and reducing the tendency the tendency to contracting and spreading of coronavirus within the correctional centres especially.
This in one way will keep the inmates busy and productive while serving their terms. For those with bail able offences with few months to freedom, it would be an oppourtunity to be engaged.
The national food silos can be adopted by government by purchasing metric tonnes of varieties of foods at this period in order to avert hunger and starvation. Food solution will enable storage of non perishables like beans, maize, millets, rice, dry fish among other things while the citizens are encouraged to embark on house-garden and other consumable to augment food production.
The black nations are endowed with vast land. It is time to use what we have to get on with life.
Sunday James is a Deputy Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service and the National Public Relations Officers of the agency.