Agriculture backed by ample research is the leeway to promoting industrialization, achieving food security and boosting Nigeria’s quest for economic emancipation.
This was according to the Registrar of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Prof Eustace Iyayi, who in a chat with newsmen underscored the need for research, to stimulate growth in the agriculture sector.
Echoing his sentiment, Iyayi agreed with the Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, who spotted that research was central to agricultural productivity and food security.
The Registrar buttressed that research was key to fostering growth in the sector, stating that creative ideas can only be generated through research.
“Without research, there cannot be innovations that will help to improve the efficiency of production and also ensure food security which is what we need in our agriculture at the moment”
“Without discovering new things, you are stuck with old ones you have and that is why the Minister has been saying, we need research and innovations to improve on our agriculture” he added.
“Research is what leads to new ideas and new concepts and these will further lead to new products or new systems thereby improve on old products. These are what will lead to agricultural productivity and also lead to food security,” Iyayi noted.
The Prof. also prayed the revitalization of the animal husbandry subsector, stating that it should be more productive and engaging, moving forward.
He added that the agriculture sector needs to be given adequate attention from the government, to achieve the desired economic advancement.