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Why developing countries are backward in food production—Pessa



Why developing countries are backward in food production---Pessa

By Hammed Salawu, Minna
Developing countries of the world have not been able to meet their food needs because of inadequate research and development of agriculture an agricultural expert, Dr. Patricia Pessa, has said.
Dr Pessa also said that developing countries were also facing serious shortage of trained personnel, facilities and motivation.
Dr Patricia Pessa a director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculturestated this in her remarks at the annual Research Review and Planning Workshop of the National Cereals Research Institute Badeggi in Niger state.
“A major constraint is that the system is not institutionalised, in many developing countries particularly in Africa research and development in agriculture are inadequate and suffer from lack of trained personnel facilities and motivation
” Provision of appropriate research methodology is not readily available in developing countries, until recently not even the basic principles and concepts had been enunciated”.
She said one of the ways to solve the problem is  ” the reorientation of young researchers” so that they would improve agricultural research in the nearest future.
Dr Pessa said there was also the need for agricultural research to be focussed on meeting the global food security goals adding that “Nigeria cannot continue to rely on mono economy and expect economic prosperity

” The swings in oil prices and the precarious future it holds for nations prosperity are enough and cogent signals to wake our nation up that something must be done and very urgently”.

In an address the Executive Director of the Institute Dr Aliyu Umar disclosed that 67 high yielding varieties of rice for smallholders and commercial farmers had been released for planting this rainy season.
Dr Aliyu Umar also announced that the institute had released two varieties of rice FARO 66 and 67 that could be submerged in flood for  10 days without any negative effect.
“We have also released 15 varieties of Soybean, eight varieties of Beniseed. Research effort is underway to release three varieties of castor”, he said
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Why developing countries are backward in food production---Pessa

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