Over the years, agriculture in Nigeria has been avoided especially by youths due to the fact that farming is a labour intensive project. It can be inferred that the steady decline in number of farmers is as a result of this lack of interest in agriculture.
The passive attitude of governments towards agriculture has also contributed to the decline in the industry. This disinterest not only caused a decline in number of farmers but reflects in the (non)availability of food in the country. Ideally, as population increases, so should food production. However, this is not the case.
In the recent times, interest in agriculture has increased and the sector is gradually improving with the use of technology.
The use of technology has impacted greatly on agriculture in some countries; where satellite for GPS is used to generate terrain images, weather reports and climate change. There’s also the use of robots and machines to help speed up the planting and harvest process.
These technological advancements which improve the efficiency of farmers and farming have unfortunately, not been implemented in Nigeria as farmers have little or no access to these equipments which are expensive and require huge investments.
Though worrisome as it stands, there is ample room for improvement and advancement in agriculture in Nigeria. Continuous training and retraining of farmers, access to financial aid/loans and enabling government policies/regulation would go a long way.
Getting members of the public interested and invested in agriculture through platforms such as FarmAgric will also increase access to funds and quality input which will enhance output and in turn boost the economy