Walls must fall for agriculture to become sustainable

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Agricultural research has been very scattered and isolated; highly specialized but seldom collaborative. There is a need to look at the bigger picture instead of working in isolation in different disciplines.

Investments in agriculture have been focused very much on research in the past decades, as evidenced by the Green Revolution. New varieties, new technologies led to increased crop production, crop diversification, and so on. However, in the pursuit of greater efficiencies, invisible walls in agriculture have been set up – with or without us being conscious of it.

In Tuesday’s Parallel Session that tackled Capacity Development for Sustainable Agriculture, differing views and perspectives were presented on which is the priority for investments: research or extension.

It is worth noting that one of the most senior scientists in the session – Dr. R.P Singh – sees the need to invest more in extension and information dissemination systems rather than in…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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