Expert decries shortage of skilled manpower

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Despite some progress in agriculture, lack of skills remains an obstacle to development in this sector, said the director of the Center for Dryland Agriculture (CDA), Baero University, Kano (BOK), Professor Jibrin M. Djibrin.

Lowering the serious shortage of qualified personnel, Djibrin said that he continues to slow the development of agriculture throughout the country.

He stated this in Kano by briefing reporters on the events organized for the third International Conference on Dry Lands, which will be organized by the CDA from September 24 to 27 at the university.

According to him, the biennial international conference is one of the CDA programs that provides a platform for disseminating research results, networking and sharing experiences between scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders.

He said that the theme of the conference: Resource constraints, conflicts and climate change in drylands: options for implementing the EMG, remains true: "since the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development (SDS) objectives in the drylands requires concerted efforts to address climate change, high population pressures and unsustainable land use practices.

"These are highlighted problems that lead to further land degradation, low agricultural productivity, food and nutrition shortages, severe poverty, conflicts and civil unrest."

Jubrin added that some of the issues to be discussed at the conference include the cultivation of crops and animals for adaptation to climate change; Integration of crops and livestock to improve income and food security. Others – integrated management of soil fertility in a changing environment; Pasture and pasture development: the future of pastoralism in sub-Saharan Africa and the ecosystem.

The conference will also address issues such as water use and conflicts; application of decision support systems in the management of dryland resources; Millennium and agro-industry for sustainable economic growth; and financing of agriculture and policies for sustainable development.

He further stated that "this year the conference will bring together scientists, farmers, policy makers, civil society organizations and the private sector from around the world to explore how the EMG will be implemented in arid regions in a resource-constrained environment, climate change and emerging conflicts."

"The conference will consider how public policy, research and development programs will contribute to ensuring food security and achieving the EMG. There will be about 70 presentations on paper and a special meeting on the draft Taking agronomical corn on a scale in Africa (Tamas) ».

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