It is the aim of this column to expose to our youths and readers on how they can be impacted through agriculture and agrarian practices as the opportunities are so numerous in our environment.
WHAT IS AGRICULTURE?
The art or science of cultivating the ground, including the harvesting of crops, and the rearing and management of livestock; tillage; husbandry; farming.
Agriculture is also called farming or husbandry. It is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, bio-fuel, drugs and other products used to sustain and enhance human life.
It is a known fact that Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization.
It needs to be emphasized that Agriculture gave rise to development, civilization and industrialization though not without its challenges. It is from this background that we hope to describe what impact agriculture could make once again in the “redevelopment” of our youths and the Nigerian economy at large.
HOW CAN THIS IMPACT BE MADE
The way impact could be made on our youths in Nigeria is through cassava production project. Cassava, called, “manihot esculenta” is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrates and gluten free.
Cassava is a shrub with an edible root. It grows in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. This crop has its origin from the tropical America and was first introduced into Africa in the Congo basin by the Portuguese around 1558. In the present times, it is a staple food in the tropical African homes.
Cassava is rich in carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins B and C, and essential minerals. However, nutrient composition differs according to variety and age of the harvested crop, and soil conditions, climate, and other environmental factors during cultivation.
It is our aim to point out some various areas of the individual person’s economy that cassava can impact on. This could be translated into financial gains and in return yield a quality life.
we shall continue on this column next week.