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Future of Africa in food production depends on training, emerging technologies —Kabba college provost -

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Future of Africa in food production depends on training, emerging technologies —Kabba college provost

Future of Africa in food production depends on training, emerging technologies —Kabba college provost... NAIJA INTEL

Akintola Oloruniruha, Provost of the Kabba College of Agriculture, Kabba, Kogi State, sheds light on reasons for decreasing number of applicants for agric courses; exclusion of agric colleges from TetFund list; food security and technologies; contributions of the college to the sector, among others. Excerpts:

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and other stakeholders recently lamented the low rate of applications to agriculture-related disciplines in higher institutions of learning. Is the trend not an indication that the plan to revamp the sector is a failure?
Applicants to agriculture and related disciplines have dwindled in recent years.  There are various reasons for this. One, agriculture is a science-based course and the number of candidates willing and able to pursue courses in the sciences is dwindling because of inadequate preparations in secondary schools, most of which have no laboratories and qualified teachers.

Two, the admission requirements for Agriculture is almost the same as for Medicine, Pharmacy, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, but if you rank these courses, an average Nigerian will prefer Medicine to Agriculture because the society accords more dignity to a doctor than a farmer. But in the Western world, this is not the case. Rather, agriculture is an elite profession. Three, until recently, our agricultural industry has not been expanding. So, graduates of agriculture find it difficult to fix themselves up when they graduate.

This trend will not encourage prospective candidates seeking admission to choose such courses.  However, if the present Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government remains intact, we are going to witness a revolution in students enrolment in our agricultural colleges and faculties; as graduates will find it easy to key into various segments of the value chain, be it production, input supplies, processing, packaging, marketing, among others.

Also, most agric graduates find their ways into other sectors of the economy other than agriculture. How can the trend be stemmed?

Future of Africa in food production depends on training, emerging technologies —Kabba college provost... NAIJA INTEL

Future of Africa in food production depends on training, emerging technologies —Kabba college provost… NAIJA INTEL


Labour mobility is one of the indices of a robust economy.  It only becomes a problem if it is unidirectional.  In our country, we have seen architects who are producing fruit juice, lawyers running fast food outlets, engineers buying produce.

I quite agree with you that more graduates of agriculture are leaving the profession for other areas of endeavour.  Currently, the real sector of our economy is shrinking because of unfavourable environment, poor power, poor roads, risks and uncertainties.

Until very recently, it is the very wealthy people who can venture into agric production.  The costs of machinery, pesticides, etc. are prohibitive.

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