|KWASU Advocates Increased Agric Production To Meet Global Population By 2020|
A professor of molecular genetics and plant breeding in the department of crop production, College of Agriculture, Kwara State University (KWASU), Olawale Aliyu, had said that agricultural production must increase by 80 per cent to meet world population of 7.7 billion to 10 billion by 2020.
Delivering sixth inaugural lecture of the university, titled, Decoding the secret of life: Plant, sex and sustainable food production, Professor Aliyu said that innovative breeding technologies for improving existing crops for better adaptation, among other measures, should be embarked upon to achieve the task ahead.
The KWASU don, who charged the federal government to give urgent priority to research by providing resources for functional laboratories, said that such labs should be equipped with modern technologies.
“There’s the urgent need for the federal government to give priority to research by providing resources for functional laboratories, equipped with modern technologies and training of manpower that will carry out advanced research in agricultural production for sustainable food security.
“The government should also strengthen the capacity of Nigerian scientists to embark on genetic engineering of our major food crops in addition to the conventional system being used.
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