The Chairman of Bama Farms Limited, Mr Wale Oyekoya, has called for indigenous research and development institutes, to develop seeds suitable for the Nigerian soil.
Oyekoya told the Newsmen in Lagos that the topography of Nigerian soil was different from other countries, hence, the need for locally-developed seeds.
According to him, Nigeria is depending too much on international researchers and developers, but is not considering some factors like pollution in the Nigerian soil.
“It is about time for Nigeria to have indigenous research and development institutes, to develop what can really grow in Nigeria.
“We are depending on other country’s brain for what we grow in the country, without considering the fact that our landmass and topography are different.
“Climate and soil texture are different, and we also pollute our lands; but their lands are free of pollution.
“Wherever there is oil, you can never see any form of farming activity there,”
He highlighted the low implementation of mechanised farming as a factor affecting the diversification drive of the Federal Government.
“Most of our graduate youths are out of jobs, and I believe that through mechanised agriculture, a lot of youths can take to agriculture in the various value chains.
“Agriculture is huge and can accommodate many youths; it is about time we go mechanised agriculture, with our population of 200 million people,” .