Mr Niyi Akinsanya, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
He explained that for government to tackle the economic challenges, particularly the continuous rising inflation, it must step up in providing adequate security for farmers in order to encourage them to return to their farms.
The expert also noted that there must be aggressive intervention in the manufacturing sector for job creation thereby, boosting the economy.
“There must be aggressive inducement and incentives to more people to become farmers with amenities provided by the government to enable them compete easily with imported items.
“Government should remove margin between official exchange and black market rate at least for those genuinely importing key raw materials that cannot be produced locally,’’ he said.
Akinsanya noted that insecurity like banditry, insurgency and kidnapping in the country had affected the activities of farmers, hence causing food shortage.