An agriculture company, Dizengoff Nigeria says knowledge is key to driving the agricultural sector in the country.
Mr Dare Ayoola, the company’s Territorial Sales Manager, South West Nigeria, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Thursday in Lagos.
“The Nigerian soil is very fertile but we lack technological capacity and knowledge to drive our agriculture sector.
“The problem we have in Nigeria is that people lack a basic knowledge of agriculture practice. Whatever business you want to do in life, the first thing is not capital but acquisition of knowledge.
“Our aim is not just about making money from local farmers but impacting necessary knowledge for a better farming experience.
“We provide proper knowledge, proper equipment and tools to do their jobs with ease. From January to December, we train local farmers on new agribusiness models,” he said
He lauded the efforts of the Federal Government on the sector as he called on farmers to look beyond climate-conditioned farming.
“For the past three years, due to the agriculture policies of our present government things are looking up.
“People outside the agriculture sector are now coming in to invest in the sector because they see it as a business and not just a traditional vocation.
“Irrigated farming is the next big thing in modern day agribusiness; farmers in foreign climes no longer depend on climate conditions to farm.
“In Nigeria, we depend much on rain to do our farming. Which implies that if we have rains for our nine months in a year, that means our business is limited to that period, what happens to the remaining three months?
“With irrigation technology for example, we will be able to farm all through the year without depending on climate.
“For example Israel where our company originates from is a desert but presently no country produces more agric products than Israel.
“But Israel has developed technological capacity to make their land fertile,” Ayoola