“Exploiting untapped opportunities in the agricultural sector”

…Princess Gloria Akobundu revealed on Tuesday that the application of Junacao’s innovative technology will improve and enhance food security, reduce malnutrition, create jobs and reduce poverty in Nigeria.

Juncao Technology is an eco-friendly system that allows small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs to grow mushrooms from dried, chopped herbs without cutting down trees or harming the environment.

The technology could also be used to produce animal feed, methane gas and minimize soil erosion to combat desertification.

She said so in Abuja during a three-day workshop on the application of Juncao and its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Princess Akobundu then called on the Chinese government to partner with the Nigerian government to domesticate Juncao technology in agricultural universities across the country.

The AUDA NEPAD boss revealed that the technology, once domesticated, would create direct and indirect jobs, promote agribusiness, ensure sustainability and improve nutrition.

According to Akobundu, further benefits of the technology would add value to the economy and increase the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country.

According to her, agriculture and food production are important facets of the Nigerian economy, accounting for a significant proportion of total employment in the country and also the main source of income for most people.

“Therefore, to address the challenge of food insecurity, we need to tap into the still untapped opportunities in the agricultural sector. We can get closer to achieving zero hunger (Sustainable Development Goals 2)

“If we explore new options like Juncao technology. Technology will go a long way towards achieving the UN Agenda 2030 and AU Agenda 2063 and will also help ensure that smallholder farmers, rural women and youth have sustainable livelihoods and opportunities. decent employment for poverty eradication and food self-sufficiency.

“To achieve the commendable benefits of the Juncao technology, AUDA-NEPAD/APRM, as the national focal agency for the project, will work closely with the public and private sectors and all relevant stakeholders at the national and national levels. subnational.

“The Agency has also put in place appropriate structures which include 37 state coordinators and 774 local government liaisons. The Agency’s innovative capacity building of smallholder farmers to restore productive land amidst covid-19 was initiated to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic.

The government is doing its best to reduce poverty in the country, but with a population of over 200 million and more than 60% of them belonging to the youth bracket, there is a real danger for the communities. to be exposed to insecurity, youth unrest and malnutrition, except deliberately. measures are put in place to prevent their occurrence. In my view, one way to do this is to domesticate Juncao technology in Nigeria.

Speaking on the benefits of innovation, Princess Akobundu revealed that Juncao Technology will help create direct and indirect jobs; promote agro-industry; it will improve nutrition; it will reduce youth unrest and increase security as young people will be engaged for profit; and it will add value to the economy and increase gross domestic product.

While declaring the workshop open, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, said the innovation will help improve Nigeria’s livelihoods and human development.

The Minister who was represented by the Director of the Federal Department of Agriculture, Engineer Abudullahi Abubakar, said the workshop was being held at a time when Nigeria is moving away from overreliance on oil and diversifying into the agriculture for subsistence, income generation and foreign exchange earnings.

“Mushroom farming is one of many agricultural ventures in Nigeria that promises huge money-making prospects but has yet to gain traction.

“Available information reveals that the gap between demand and production per year is around 900 tons.

“It is expected that this capacity building workshop will stimulate more interest that can increase mushroom production to meet local demand and for export,” he said.

In his contribution, Mr. Matthia Schmale, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, expressed his gratitude to the AUDA/NEPAD coordinator and the Ministry of Agriculture for adopting the first phase of the technology in 2019.

According to him, the technology is not new to Nigeria, Juncao’s first site was established at Abador in Bauchi State with the objectives of combating desertification and combating the effects of climate change.

In his remarks, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Mr. Cui Jianchun, expressed his country’s willingness to partner with Nigeria to develop research on economic affairs with the aim of increasing production. technological agriculture.

“We are working on the development of research on economic affairs.

Source: The Light

Lana T. Arthur