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Agriculture Can Generate 4m Jobs – Don

Posted: Jun 4, 2015 at 12:29 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A Professor of agriculture and former commissioner in Ekiti State, Professor Akin Omotayo has joined the league of those pushing for Nigeria to develop agriculture. 

Omotayo, in a paper he presented at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta  said that commercial agriculture if well developed and implemented has the capacity to create  four million jobs in various agricultural value chain channels.

Omotayo, who is the Director, Institute for Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), stated this in a seminar in Abeokuta.  In a paper titled: “How to Resolve the Nigerian Economy through Agriculture,” Omotayo said, if the agriculture sector is well developed, it will be capable of curtailing the scourge of unemployment pervading Nigeria. “Agriculture has remained the only viable option that could solve the economic quagmire that the country finds itself because over-wwreliance on oil has failed the nation.

“Government at all levels should focus on agriculture, training young people and empowering them to earn income in agriculture like their counterparts in other fields.” he said.

He explained that this would encourage youth to stay on the farm and also help in making agriculture an interesting occupation.

According to him, it will help in replacing few existing farmers that are becoming old.

The Don called for a systematic approach towards achieving this, which would ultimately result into stakeholders making more money and increase the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). He advised agriculture ministries and departments at all levels of government to be up and doing, assuring them that FUNAAB was always ready to assist them in ensuring food security.

Omotayo lauded the immediate past minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, for curbing corruption in the sector through technology.