11.04.2020 Opinion

Nations Must Salute Efforts Of All Farmers In The War Against COVID-19

By Pastor Samoa Mensa
Nations Must Salute Efforts Of All Farmers In The War Against COVID-19
LISTEN APR 11, 2020

We may never be wrong when we are quick to praise the efforts of doctors, nurses and other health professionals in the world's fight against this deadly virus, Corona. Yes indeed, they are poised as the front lines of the fight.

However, let us do this reasoning together. As of now, the best-implemented strategy of nations of the world in the fight against this deadly disease has not been cure (medicine) but prevention (social distancing).

This is the very reason why almost every nation in the world is practicing one or more of ideal forms of social distancing ie confinement, lockdown, state of emergency, etc according to their own needs to win the fight.

Think about this! In this our current state of confinement and lockdown, what keeps and sustains human lives more than the food from the farmer's fields?

The World Health Organization (WHO) awareness campaign against the pandemic goes like this; ‘’the real front line in the fight against COVID-19 is you and your doorstep; stay home, stay safe, stay alive’’. This is a very good advert on television screens with words which make absolute sense. We should, however, note that ‘’stay home, stay safe, stay alive’’ would not be possible if there is no food.

This makes the man or nation with the abundance of food in a time like this the most powerful one. As written in the bible in Genesis, Joseph interpreted a dream, Pharaoh and his nation Egypt obeyed and they were wise enough to store enough food that could cater to their needs should there be famine as was told. Truly, during the period of the famine, all nations looked up to them. This made Egypt very powerful.

For fear of this viral infection, let all farmers say ''we have secured enough food for our families in our barns and warehouses, hence we are abandoning our lands to stay at home'', and we would know if there would be a single soul left to be chased by this wicked virus for doctors to quarantine and treat. We'd all starve to death!

Governors can pay for themselves fat salaries, the rich can cheat the poor and employ dishonest means to get billions in his account, and Governments can give huge sums of money to their citizens as COVID-19 relief package, but the wise would realize that these monies and packages would be of no commercial importance if there is short or no supply of food. Nobody can chew or make a meal out of raw coins and banknotes.

The economy of a nation with an inadequate supply of food is as useless as wind and cloud that cannot cause rain to fall.

Truly, the wisdom of Governors is important against the fight; the knowledge and brilliance of doctors and nurses cannot be neglected as we fight; the efforts of our able security services are also a thing to commend; responsible parents who sing a lullaby for their babies at home and also use different entertaining strategies to keep their children indoors are also to be thanked for. All these players are really contributing their part to the collective fight against this virus.

People may be bored with doing the same thing that may be repeated in their homes day after day but when food is served on the table, hallelujah.

The hero in the real front line of the fight against this pandemic is unsung. Social distancing (confinement and lockdown) which is the best form of prevention has been possible due to adequate availability of food and its efficient supply.

Therefore, I expect the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, to salute all farmers in his next COVID-19 address to the nation. Likewise, I would wish the World Health Organization and Heads of States in nations of the world to start a common campaign to praise the efforts of all hardworking farmers who are tirelessly working in their fields to provide enough food for humanity.

Above all, ''Human wisdom, brilliance, insight - they are of no help if the LORD is against you.'' Proverbs 21:30. Hence we pray earnestly for the Lord's mercy, and may He be with us all in these times so that our collective efforts may count.

My special blessing goes to all peasant and commercial farmers in nations of the world. You and your fields are one important pillar of human survival. I pray, in the name of the almighty Lord Jesus, and shield your territories from any evil invasion.

I love you all!

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