The Senate Committee on Agriculture called on governments at all levels to encourage mechanized agriculture to systematically move the country's agricultural sector to a competitive level.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, chairman of the committee, said this in an interview NIGERIA NEWS on the sideline of the 2018 National Agricultural Exhibition in Tudun Wad, Nasarava state, on Friday.
He explained that this step will help increase the number of farmers and reduce labor time in agriculture.
Adam said that mechanized farming will also help achieve self-sufficiency in food production.
“We want to see more mechanized agricultural equipment, so that we can systematically switch from manual farming to automatic production, which will include plowing, planting, spraying pesticides, collecting, processing and storing modern facilities.
“If we can move along this line, then Nigeria will join the international competition in agricultural production,” Adamu said.
He called on farmers across the country to support the federal government in its quest for food security and proper nutrition.
“Agriculture as a whole is very complex, you do not control 100 percent of the factors to make a successful year in agriculture, there are natural phenomena.
“It is important that passion motivates you to do more and achieve better results every year. “You have a bumper crop for a few years, and some don't,” he said.
The senator expressed optimism that the show in 2019 would be more encouraging.
NAN reports that the show, which began on Monday, ended on Friday.