World Food Day: Expert wants training of youths in mechanized farming


Agence France-Presse

An expert on agriculture, Mr. Tundji Ovoey, on Monday, called for training young people in mechanized agriculture to increase food production.

Owoeye, who is the managing director of Elephant Group Plc., Called in an interview with the Nigeria news agency (NAN) in Lagos at World Food Day 2018 (WFD) events.

This year's WFD theme: “Our action is our future: a world with zero hunger by 2030 is possible.”

Elephant Group Plc., Is engaged in the production and processing of local rice, providing agricultural support to farmers and, in particular, training of workers-distributors.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) selected October 16 annually to celebrate the WWF.

The motive is to create awareness and gather support and understanding of approaches that can help end world hunger.

According to Ovoey, local government councils should begin to engage in mechanized agriculture.

He added that young people require serious training in mechanized agriculture for Nigeria to
feed your population and export to other countries.

He said that “local governments should also participate in mechanized agriculture.

“It is necessary for Nigeria to increase the mechanization of agriculture, as this will reduce the cost of production, clearing the land, planting and harvesting.

“Federal and state governments should look at the Land Use Act and revise it.

“This will allow traditional landowners to easily rent land for long periods for those interested in its production.”

Owei said that the government should be consistent in its agricultural policies and strive to cultivate for the whole year, adding that easy access to irrigation will play an important role in seeing it in reality.

The agricultural expert emphasized the need for Nigerians to use potential in the value chain in agriculture on a secondary basis, regardless of their profession.

On the WFD topic, Owei said that zero hunger is possible in 2030 if the political class has the political will to persecute it.

He said that it was also possible to improve budgeting in agriculture, especially for less developed countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

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