GASPRO International Journal of Eminent Scholars
ADOPTION OF MECHANIZED FARMING FOR NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLINESS IN NIGERIA
The paper comprehensively discussed the adoption of mechanized farming for national food security and environmental friendliness in Nigeria. Consequently, it was discovered that mechanized harvesting and mechanized threshing can reduce food loss at smallholder rice farms, which can lead to promising business cases and climate-smart solutions for the farmers. As for food security, a country is considered food-secured when food is not only available in the quantity needed by the population consistent with decent living but also when the consumption of the food should not pose any health hazard to the citizens. It was also established that farm mechanization contributes to increased production in two major ways: firstly, the timeliness of operation and secondly, the good quality of work. Mechanized farming is an important element in the agricultural sector of the Nigerian economy. It would determine food availability and accessibility, as well as food prices. Finally, it was concluded in the study that farm mechanization has replaced simple farm tools with powerful and efficient machines. One of the recommendations made was that in order to enhance agricultural mechanization in Nigeria, agricultural extension officers should be empowered to continue educating farmers on new farming methods and on how to use and maintain farm machines and equipment.
KEYWORDS: Mechanized Farming, National Food Security Environmental Friendliness and Nigeria.
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