By Bashir Bello, KANO
The Kano State Deputy Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has said that Nigeria can leapfrog other countries to become major supplier of agricultural products if it harness, deploy and adopt use of biotechnology.
Gawuna made this known while declaring open a 2-day retreat for journalists, farmers and extension workers organized by National Biotechnology Development Agency, NABDA in collaboration with Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa, Nigeria Chapter held in Kano State.
The Deputy Governor who was represented by his Special Assistant on Agriculture, Mr. Hafiz Muhammad said Nigeria’s agricultural prowess is being consistently weakened by some age-long practices and factors like over reliance on rain fed agriculture, smallholder land holding, poor planting material, low fertilizer application and the weak agricultural extension system in the country.
He however expressed optimism that Nigeria could by-pass these challenges…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper