The Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji, has emphasised the importance of using precision agriculture and climate-smart technologies to increase agricultural output and reduce food poverty.
On Monday in Abuja, Nnaji delivered this message during the 35th annual conference of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN).
The event's focus is on "Advancing Nigeria's Economic Resilience through Innovative Biotechnology."
Nnaji agreed that the future of agricultural and livestock agriculture will undoubtedly be influenced by dynamic global trends, including cutting-edge technology like tissue engineering, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology.
He emphasised the necessity for significant investments in research and development, cooperation at regional and worldwide levels, and foresight in technology appraisal, all of which would stimulate advances in agriculture, in order to harness these technologies for food security.
In his speech, he urged members of the BSN and other stakeholders to develop creative plans that would support the President's updated vision for Nigeria while also tackling the urgent problem of food security.
The minister said that it is essential for the country to invest in fundamental scientific capacities, particularly in research and development, through the use of James Sule, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.
He emphasised the significance of integrating innovation, science, and technology into daily life to meet the country's development goals in a variety of industries.
The Director General of the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), Prof. Martins Emeje, urged researchers to actively come up with ideas that may help grow the economy.
He also encouraged the federal government to organise a meeting for scientists from throughout the country to discuss issues with innovations and agriculture as a whole.
The conference intends to lay a basis for expanding the understanding of scientific issues connected to food and nutrition security, healthcare, well-being, and environmental sustainability, according to Prof. Mohammed Yerima, President of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN).
He emphasised how current biotechnology may improve the nutritional content of food crops and the possibility of genome editing to address issues with agricultural food systems and human health.
The occasion also emphasised the value of interdisciplinary cooperation and idea sharing for the following generation of biotechnologists.
Biotechnology has been characterised as a harmonic synthesis of biology, technology, and human intellect by Prof. Paul Onyenekwe, the Director General of the Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHETSCO).
He stated how this empowerment makes it possible to use life's complex systems to address critical issues.
He harped on the need to provide responsible and fair access to transformational biotechnologies globally as well as the ethical issues that go along with these scientific developments.