The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo College (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has mentioned that incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in some components of the nation are having adversarial results on agricultural analysis and productiveness.
Ogunbodede made this disclosure whereas talking on the Institute of Agricultural Analysis and Coaching (IAR&T) Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Monday.
The Vice-Chancellor, who spoke throughout the opening of 2020/2021 annual-in-house assessment train/thirty third South West Zonal Analysis Extension Farmers Enter Linkage System (REFILS) workshop, suggested that each one efforts have to be put in place to search out options to incessant clashes amongst farmers and herdsmen.
He maintained that local weather change, COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the clashes between farmers and herdsmen required a brand new strategy in order to deal with meals insufficiency within the nation.
Ogunbodede whereas talking on the occasion attended by Chief of Workers to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Chief Bisi Ilaka, Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Dr. Adetoyi Ezekiel Olabode, Dr. Debo Akande and representatives of Governors of Ogun and Lagos states, famous that researchers should consider methods to mitigate the impact of the clashes in order to avert meals shortage.
He mentioned, “The problems of local weather change, friction between farmers and herdsmen and certainly COVID-19 pandemic, have affected agricultural analysis and productiveness and required a brand new strategy to analysis and growth.
“Researchers should now start or consider methods and technique of mitigating these.
“I’m conscious that because of the Covid-19 pandemic within the yr 2020, the institute was unable to carry the annual-in-house assessment train and the REFILS workshop. This is the reason this yr’s occasion is in respect of the years 2020 and 2021.”
Former Chief of Workers to Niger State Governor who lectures on the division of Agricultural extension, College of Ibadan, Professor Mohammed Kuta Yahaya famous that Nigerian authorities should attempt to deal with insecurity with a purpose to keep away from meals shortage.
“Boko Haram began in Borno in 2009, in a decade it has grow to be a West African group, the assaults are having its affect on meals safety. Authorities should be certain that all Nigerians have entry to vaccines to deal with COVID-19 pandemic.”
Govt Director of IAR&T, Professor Veronica Obatolu in her welcome tackle, enumerated a few of the challenges going through the institute.
She insisted that erratic provide of electrical energy has affected many of the analysis and seed storage funding.
“Brief provide of electrical energy has affected most of our analysis and seed storage funding. Most lands have been below steady cultivation, opening of latest lands requires large capital.
“The incidence of land intruders is turning into problematic in some areas.”