New agric policy can stabilise Nigeria’s economy — Agronomist

A don, Prof. Musibau Bamikole, says the Federal Government’s current agriculture revolution policy can stabilise the country’s economy, if effectively managed.

Bamikole, a professor of Agronomy and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Benin (UNIBEN), who made this known in Benin-City, said since the price of crude oil fell in the international market, “it has become obvious that Nigeria has to look elsewhere to sustain its economy.’’

According to him, it is now clear that diversification of the economy is the only solution.

And investing in agriculture will surely revive and drive our economy with the abundance of vast hectares of fertile land across the 36 states of the federation. I am of the belief that the Federal and Edo governments are on point with their agriculture revolution policies. And that is why the deans of Faculty of Agriculture in Nigerian universities, including experts in agriculture, are having a conference in UNIBEN to brainstorm on agriculture international best practices for economic development,’’ he said.

He added that at least 50 professors of agriculture in Nigerian universities under the aegis of Association of Deans of faculty of agriculture in Nigeria (ADAN) would be participating in the association’s 61st Conference/General Meeting in Benin.

Bamikole further disclosed that agriculture experts, including officials from the Agric Research Council of Nigeria, would also be attending the conference with the theme ‘Breaking Nigeria’s monolithic Economy through Agriculture’.

He added that Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo had confirmed his participation as part of the state government’s collaborative efforts with ADAN to further the state’s agribusiness programme during the three-day conference scheduled between July 3 and July 6.

The outcome can help return Nigeria to the era of the groundnut pyramid in the North, the Cocoa house in the West and the fertile arable and cash crops in the South- South,’’ The Don said.


Mazino Dickson