Agricultural wastes, especially those of livestock, have been described as an easy tool for procuring employment for many people as well as a major way of preserving generations of wealthy and healthy Nigerians when properly put into good use.
This was made known during the 25th inaugural lecture of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, titled: “Single use, Resource Recovery and Environmental Wholesomeness: An Issue of growing importance in Livestock production,” delivered by Professor Gbolagunte Sunday Ojewola, a professor of Animal Nutrition.
The lecturer expressed worry that in spite of agriculture’s importance, the volume of wastes generated from its activities are not being utilised properly.
“We must know that these wastes when left unattended to, pose a serious threat to the proper functioning of the environment. It also affects the stability of the biosphere at the global level,” he said.
Prof Ojewola disclosed that the real danger from poor disposal of wastes lies in the feature just as he posited that many of the environmental incidents that are causing concern now are legacies of the past, caused by the generation that is no longer active in the work force.
“We now know that over long period of time, some could cause cancer, delayed nervous damage, malformations in unborn animals, children and mutagenic changes, hence the need to develop policies and maintain safe waste disposal system and not leave behind, a lethal inheritance,” he said.
According to him, when wastes are recovered and re-used, people and animals will record improvement while biodiversity in agricultural landscape is enhanced, preserved and species experience richness.
He therefore tasked relevant agencies to identify the identity, exact quantities, nature and disposal of agro wastes that are being generated from major and minor agricultural activities all over the country even as he made case for a well planned enlightenment project to deal with ignorance, social attitude, using of new materials in preference to refusing the old ones, among others.a