Nigeria has no reason to experience food shortage beacuse of its abundant land,water and human resources, a don, Professor Babajide Matanmi has said.
He said “given the required financial support for basic and applied agricultural research and political will by the government”, the nation’s research institutions could provide Nigerians with food security and self-sufficiency.
Matanmi, of the Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy (OAU, Ile Ife, Osun State, spoke at the 18th Professor Anthony Afolabi Adegbola Memorial Lecture, in Ikorodu, Lagos. The theme of the lecture organised by Ikorodu Division Resource Development Group (IDRDG) was: “Prospects and problems of basic and applied agricultural research in Nigeria”, described agriculture as a veritable source of national economic growth.
He said: “The agricultural sector is the fundamental strength that creates the nation’s agricultural food and fibre industries,” warning that not all foods are safe for consumption.
He said while “many fungi like agaricus campestris and forest-dwelling morels are known as nutritious delicacies, others such as the fly agaric, armanita muscaria, agaricus placomyces and lepiota spp are known to be capable of causing hallucination and even death”.
IDRDG Chairman, Prof. Kunle Ade Wahab plans to improve the group’s activities and facilitate the development of the Prof. Anthony Adegbola Science Centre.
He said the IDRDG also intend to enhance the development of the youths in the division.
The event featured the conferment of awards on 11 persons, including Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule; the Olubeshe of Ibeshe land, Oba Richard Ogunsanya; the Olisa of Ipakodo, Alhaji Chief Abdul Shitta and Asiwaju Rueben Basorun.
Other award recipients were: Prince Olabode Ogunleye; Prof Oluwafeyisola Adegoke; Prof Wale Omole; Dame Adunola Benson; Alhaja Rabiat Alimi; Lagos State Civil Service Senior Model College, Igbogbo and a pupil, Asafa Fatimah, who got the best result in this year’s West African School Certificate Examination.