From the Nwakaudu Charity, Abuja
Minister of Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu blamed the inability of Nigerian agricultural products to compete with their counterparts in the global market on poor adaptation and application of biotechnology.
The UN, speaking at the opening ceremony of a three-day workshop organized by the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) on animal biotechnology applications, explained that misapplication is responsible for low yields and inappropriate use of resources.
The minister pointed out that one of the biggest problems ravaging the country, clashes between farmers and herders, suggesting that it could be solved by the production of genetically modified herbs for consumption by livestock.
“The African economy is heavily dependent on agriculture. Its inhabitants also cultivate and raise livestock. Agriculture is estimated to account for around 35 percent of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP), 40 percent of its exports and 70 percent of its jobs. With the exception of a few countries, the sector has the lowest productivity in the world, ”he said.
“The science and technology component in modern agricultural practice is over 90% if we consider the entire agricultural chain. It is the low content of science and technology in agricultural practice in Africa that has resulted in low productivity, low yield and an inability to compete globally. ‘
The minister urged Nigerians not to be put off by the current situation, stating that “today’s problem, no matter how serious, should never make you feel that tomorrow will not be better than today. hui “. Our future is in our hands. We have to think differently.
NABDA Director General Abdullahi Mustapha said in his remarks that the applications of biotechnology in animal agriculture are the “machine room” for Nigeria’s economic development.