AAUA VC Advises Federal Government On Food Security
The Vice-Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to invest in agricultural research and development.
This, he said, would ensure food security and boost the contribution of agriculture to the nation’s gross domestic product.
Ajibefun said this while delivering the Federal University of Technology, Akure 69th inaugural lecture.
The VC, who set a 10-point agenda for Buhari spoke on the topic, ‘Nigeria’s Agricultural Policy, Productivity and Poverty: The Critical Nexus’.
According to him, urgent steps must be taken to invest in research and development, if the President hopes to reduce poverty.
He added, “Heavy investment in research and development and effective interaction between researchers and the farm households are key elements in raising agricultural productivity and poverty reduction.”
He also canvassed the breeding of productive animals that can withstand the stress of the tropical environment; enhance rural finance and micro-enterprise development.
Ajibefun also recommended the promotion of irrigation and drainage infrastructure for climate change adaptation and effective capacity building to strengthen the most vulnerable group in agricultural production.
He expressed optimism that agriculture would regain its position as the mainstay of the nation’s economy if more households can continue to derive their livelihood from agriculture.
Ajibefun, who advised other stakeholders, such as transporters, and providers of technology to key into agriculture, noted noted that they were critical to improving agricultural productivity.
The FUTA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola commended the lecturer for a brilliant delivery.