Acting Director General of Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Dr Chima Igwe has called for transformation of Agricultural sector in Nigeria.
Igwe stated this in Lagos during the Annual Agricultural Summit organized by Nigeria Association of Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ).
The Annual Agricultural Summit was themed: Bridging the Investment Gap in Agricultural through Information.
He said the transformation of the sector is needed to serve as agent of economic recovery and growth.
“In the past few years, Nigeria and Nigerians experienced a sudden and significant drop in economic activities which led to the loss of the purchasing power of our currency, the Naira. Although Nigeria has been able to exit the recession, the strangling effects might still be seen lingering with the possibilities of a relapse if the nation does not diversify.
“Upgrading and improving the agro-allied production and production processes, mining and other relevant manufacturing sectors, upgrading and improving the existing traditional and local technologies, making new discoveries and innovations through research and products and services development in all sectors of the economy,” Dr Chima said.
On the same vein, Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Dera Nnadi, who represented the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) said Nigerians need to produce what they eat to grow the economy.
But the Lagos State Commissioner of Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal appealed to Nigerians to key into the Agricultural revolution of federal government so that more jobs can be created.
FIIRO boss later explained that technology and innovation are veritable tools for national growth and development.
He said, “For national growth and development, national security and economic recovery and diversification, research and development in the fields of science, engineering, technology and innovations must be at the forefront because it is the foundation of any successful industrial revolution and industrialization.”
The Chairman of Elephant Group, Mr Tunji Owoeye added that the border closure has been opening doors of opportunities to Nigerian farmers.
Meanwhile, Agricultural journalists later recognized the outstanding personalities that have contributed to Agricultural development in the country.