Youth Advocates Nigeria (YAN), a social welfare and advocacy movement for young people, has reiterated that agriculture is able to increase employment rate by 70 per cent rate in Nigeria if managed well.
In a seminar that brought young farmers around the country together in Ibadan, an expert and president of the advocate group, Tolulope Aina, said to ensure food security and to keep more people from getting hungry in the nearest future, farming is the way forward for the Nigerian economy.
Tolulope, who has been in the sector for a couple of years, said the market system for farmers in Nigeria is not yet be standardized.
Also, Yinka Adesola, an organic farmer and international trainer, buttressed better and more profitable ways of farming.
Adesola said that farmers in Nigeria do not build their soils before planting. She insisted that “if you don’t get a good agricultural practice as a farmer, you don’t have any business farming.”
Meanwhile, an agricultural research consultant, Samson Ogbele, has called for more people to indulge in “soiless and season-less farming.”
According to Ogbele, “as a nation, we cannot keep depending on soil because there are too many factors mitigating against the soil for healthy food growth. So, there is a need to produce food that is not dependent on the weather; the call for soilless farming.”