Agric Expert sues for adoption of technology to boost food security, curb post-harvest losses

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Mr Ismail Olawale, a fellow at the National Agriculture Extension Research Liaison Service (NAERLS), has called for the adoption of technology to boost food security and curb post-harvest losses in the country.

According to Olawale one of the problems affecting food cultivation is climate change which has forced the entire world to adopt various forms of mitigation strategies to improve their agricultural sector.

Mr Olawale asserted this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

According to the expert, despite the climate change effects, access to affordable post-harvest technology by farmers would ensure food availability and security.

“This can help farmers store, process and sell their produce at the right market, right time and at the right prices,” he said.

Ismail noted that post-harvest losses are another challenge faced by Farmers Nigeria asides the climate change.

According to the Expert, Nigeria needs to curb food waste due to its population size which is more than almost 30 African countries put together.

He explained that Post-harvest loss constitutes about 60 to 70 per cent of crops produced by farmers in Nigeria.

“Which is why the sector must prioritise post-harvest technology to prevent loss” he noted.

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