Don Lament the Continuous use of Hoes, Cutlasses in Agriculture in Nigeria
A lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Job Nmadu, has expressed concern over continuous use of simple farm implements such as hoes and cutlasses for farming activities in Nigeria.
This was stated in a joint statement of Nmadu with Dr Jane Munonye, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI) in Abuja on Tuesday at the end of a conference and colloquium organised in honour of Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, Vice Chancellor of AE-FUNAI, by Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists (NAAE) and AE-FUNAI, themed, “Agricultural Development in Nigeria: Evidence can chart the path.”
Nmadu, who is also National President, NAAE, called on researchers in Nigeria to emulate Nwajiuba’s numerous achievements, particularly in agriculture, by charting a pathway beyond use of hoes and cutlasses.
In his address, he described Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba as a core agricultural economists who looks agriculture, thinks agriculture, sleeps agriculture and works agriculture.
“His research efforts in the field of agriculture are evident and he is an expert worthy to reckon with. His effort enabled the NAAE to submit a memorandum on unbundling agricultural training in Nigeria.
“I therefore urge the NUC to expedite action on approval process of the new curriculum. Also, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education should follow similar path.” He stated.
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Also, Munonye described the Vice Chancellor as an administrator with unparalleled achievements in his five years tenure as Vice Chancellor of AE-FUNAI.
She said he is a man who believed that the reward for hard work was more work and commended him for the establishment of a modern Faculty of Agriculture in the institution.
The dean noted that the current government direction indicated a need for those in the academia to lend their voices to national needs and make significant input.
In her words, “About 30 to 40 per cent of foods produced in Nigeria are ultimately wasted, despite the fact that, the foods produced are not enough to feed our teeming population.
“No country can develop beyond its educational level, as such academics need to liaise with industries and stakeholders. This is to showcase our research findings in agriculture so that we can chart a pathway beyond the use of hoes and machetes,” she added.
In his remark, Nwajiuba urged the association NAAE to aim for higher relevance in providing sustainable solutions to the problems of agricultural developments in Nigeria, that efforts should be made to make agricultural training attractive and innovative.
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