Sunday, May 19, 2024

Research Can Solve Food Challenges, Abeokuta Don

A doctoral degree holder in Animal Breeding and Genetics from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Olaiwola Ogunpaimo has called on the government to collaborate with specialized tertiary institutions, make use of research and technology to tackle food challenges in the country.

He advised the government to include training, research and the use of technology as part of the strategies if the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu wished to achieve the best results within a short period.

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He stressed that while some of the strategies remained challenging to implement, it was important for the government to be mindful of the fact that some parts of that proposal needed further consultation before implementation.

Ogunpaimo said the government will also collaborate with mechanization companies to clear more forest and make them available for farming.

He said there is presently more than 70 million hectares of land in Nigeria and with the initial 500, 000 hectares of land that the government is aiming at, there may be no need to initially mechanize forest but rather engage in planting arable crops.

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