Thursday 29th June, 2017
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Don makes case for agricultural wastes

Don makes case for agricultural wastes

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

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