NSE advocates mechanized agriculture

By Patrick Egwu & Ifunanya Ozougwu, Enugu

(Enugu, Nigeria)The Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) Enugu State Branch has advocated for mechanized agriculture as remedy to Nigerian non-oil based economy.

Speaking at the 2016 Engineering conference and Annual General Meeting titled "Agricultural Mechanization: A remedy to Nigerian non-oil based economy" which held at the Oakland Event Centre, Enugu over the weekend, the Chairman of the Branch, Engr Bartholomew Ndidi Edeh said the conference was aimed at bringing stakeholders in the agricultural sector together to brainstorm on ways of shaping the sector in tune with modern practice for efficient service delivery.

"mechanization of the various steps in the production system for various value systems and commodities is required to enhance productivity and scale up production of the agricultural sector. This is why we are here with relevant stakeholders to canvass the need for mechanized agriculture as a way of boosting the sector ", he said.

In his speech, the Keynote speaker and Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Enugu state, Engr Mike Edeh said that the conference was timely to the present economic realities in Nigeria.

"There is no better time than now that the oil price is constantly crashing and the masses are at the receiving end. Indeed the agricultural sector if properly harassed through mechanization, will serve as a remedy to the age-long dependency on the oil sector. We need to act fast and the time is now ", he maintained.

In a vote of thanks, the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the event, Engr Nneka Nwagugu, commended the guest lecturers and called on the participants to take practical steps in giving the agricultural sector a facelift in the country.

"the lecturers have given an indepth analysis on how this (mechanization) in the agricultural sector will work and that's why we are all gathered here. It is now left for participants to put the outcome of the conference into use for better productivity", she said.

The conference which was well attended, attracted key players in the agricultural sector, traditional rulers and the academia.

Highlights of the event were technical session, presentation of awards to some key players in the sector and a group photograph.

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