A don at the University of Markurdi, Prof. Simon Irtwange has stressed the need for Nigeria to embrace subsistence farming or rural household agriculture development to foster food security in the country.
Irtwange, who is a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, at the institution said this in Lagos, in an interview with newsmen.
According to Irtwange, government and stakeholders must work towards raising agricultural productivity of the rural households to achieve food security.
“Agriculture accounts for 75 per cent of the nation’s population and more than half live in rural areas. Hence, efforts to eradicate poverty and increase agricultural productivity will foster development of the rural sector and encourage industrialisation.” Irtwange said.
Irtwange stressed that efforts should be made to accelerate agricultural development and promote farming businesses, noting that it would go a long way in reducing the high youth unemployment in the country.
“Higher levels of productivity in agriculture will also free-up the labour market,” He said.
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