Juncao Technology To Boost Nigeria’s Food Security, Malnutrition – AUDA NEPAD

Juncao Technology To Boost Nigeria’s Food Security, Malnutrition – AUDA NEPAD

By Joel Ajayi

National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa Development/African Peer Review Mechanism (AUDA-NEPAD/APRM), Princess Gloria Akobundu, has revealed that the government and partnership with Juncao Technology to farmers in Nigeria will improve agriculture, boost food security, reduce malnutrition, create jobs as well as alleviate poverty in Nigeria.

The three-day workshop organized in collaboration with the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSDG/UNDESA), the National Engineering Research Center for Juncao Technology of the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU) of China and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja have its theme: “Applications of Juncao Technology and its contributions to the achievement of sustainable Agriculture and the sustainable development goals in Nigeria.”

Princess Akobundu expressed that Juncao innovation will help smallholder farmers, rural women and youth to have a better production and maximum profit.

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

“Therefore, to tackle the challenge of food insecurity, we must harness the yet untapped possibilities in the agricultural sector. We can move closer to the goal of attaining Zero Hunger (Sustainable Development Goals 2)

“If we explore new options like the Juncao technology. The technology will contribute greatly to the achievement of UN agenda 2030 and AU Agenda 2063 and will also help to ensure that smallholder farmers, rural women and youth have sustainable livelihoods and decent employment for poverty eradication and food sufficiency.

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

“The Agency also has proper structures put in place which include 37 State Coordinators and 774 Local Government Focal Point Officers. The Agency’s innovative strengthening of smallholder farmers’ capabilities towards productive land restoration amid covid-19 was initiated to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic.

The Government is doing its best to alleviate poverty in the country, but with a population of more than 200million people and over 60% of this falling within the youth bracket, there’s real danger of communities being exposed to insecurity, youth restiveness and malnutrition except deliberate measures are put in place to forestall their occurrence. In my view, one way of doing so is to domesticate the Juncao technology in Nigeria.”

Speaking on the benefit of the innovation, Princess Akobundu revealed that Juncao Technology will help to create direct and indirect jobs; promote Agro Business; it will enhance nutrition; it will curb youth restiveness and boost security as youths will be gainfully engaged; and it will add value to the economy and grow the Gross Domestic Product.

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

Minister who was represented by the Director federal department of Agriculture Engr Abudullahi Abubakar said the workshop is holding at a time when Nigeria is moving away from overdependence on oil and diversifying into agriculture for sustenance, income generation and foreign exchange earnings.

According to him, as you are aware, Agriculture has been adjudged a major source of GHGs which contribute to the greenhouse effect and climate change.

In his comments, the People’s Republic of China Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Cui Jianchun, expressed his country’s readiness to partner with Nigeria to develop research on economic affairs with the aim of up scaling agricultural production technologically.

In his comments, the People’s Republic of China Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Cui Jianchun, expressed his country’s readiness to partner with Nigeria to develop research on economic affairs with the aim of up scaling agricultural production technologically.

“We are working on developing research on economic affairs.

“So I do believe that Nigerian team is leading the international community to develop for the people economically, socially.

“And today is a very good example for your students in technology and I know that Nigeria has set a very different example in the whole of Africa.

However, the  Juncao Technology revolves around the trio of fodder production, land reclamation and mushroom production which are essential components of pasture development, environmental management and climate change mitigation.



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