Farmers have been enjoined to adopt modern best practices to make Agriculture more sustainable and ensure food/nutrition security.
The Executive Director National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike Prof. Ukpabi J. Ukpabi represented by the Director Research Support Services Dr Godwin Asumugha stated this at the Conference Hall, NRCRI, Umudike during the 2nd South East Symposium and Workshop of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN)
Prof. Ukpabi said that adopting best practices the gesture will not only boast food productions but also will encourage Agricultural research and described the theme of the event “National Development Economic Employment and Food/Nutrition Security” as timely considering the importance of Agriculture in society.
Speaking the Vice Chancellor Michael Okpara University of Agriculture MOUAU Umudike Prof.Maduebibisi Iwe represented by Former Dean College of Crops and Soil Sciences MOUAU Prof. Damian Asawalam and National President Biotechnology Society of Nigeria Prof. Muhammed Yerima represented by Vice Chairman Biotechnology Society of Nigeria Dr Emmanuel Ekundayo called on farmers to harness biotechnology tools and techniques to support their farm productions.
Contributing the Zonal Chairperson South East Biotechnology Society of Nigeria Dr Tochukwu Ogbulie represented by the Deputy Dean College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management MOUAU Dr Chioma Nwakanma and Local Organizing Committee Chairman of the program Prof. Chiedozie Egesi identified practical problems affecting farm productions to including environment degradation, lack of Technology, pest, diseases.
Dr. Ogbulie urged young scientists to develop more interest in biotechnology research to enhance Agricultural value chain.
In his keynote address a Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academia University of Nigeria Nsukka enjoined farmers to always cultivate the habit of improving their varieties in line with the modern techniques in farming and called on government at all levels to make farm inputs accessible to farmers.
The symposium featured goodwill messages and tour exhibition of booths and biotech facility.