Naija Foodie Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (FG MOVES TO BOOST FOOD SECURITY)

A National Agricultural Resilience Framework has been put in place by the Federal Government to adapt agricultural practices to climate change effects and to ensure food security in the country.
Minister of state of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri disclosed this at a two-day workshop on “Effective Watershed Management for Environmental Hazard Control in Nigeria” to address the issue of flood and erosion in the country, organised by the Institute of Erosion Studies of the Federal University Of Technology Owerri (FUTO).
According to Lokpobiri, the initiative in part, aims at improving farming systems, research capacity and extension services for climate risk management.
“The strategy is to deploy sustainable land management/Climate – Smart Agriculture approaches to capacitate smallholder farmers to enhance ecosystem services increase agricultural production, promoting economic livelihood, generate employment and create wealth in the country”.
The Minister listed areas of intervention to include agro-forestry, small scale water harvesting and management integrated soil-fertilizer management technologies farmer’s managed reservation, vegetative / terraces measures. grazing land management and global positioning system is technology application.
Represented by the Provost, Federal College of Land Resources Technology Owerri, – Dr Olufemi Akande, the minister expressed regret that erosion of varying magnitudes now constitute a major constraint to the availability of the desired flat or slightly sloppy surfaces needed for agricultural production in the country and enjoined the workshop participants to do justice to the topic.

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