Agriculture Is Highest Contributor To Global Warming In Nigeria - Research
Most agricultural activities in Nigeria surely, at some point, have bush burning in the process, increasing the average temperature at a time that the need to reduce global warming has been emphasised at different climate change meetings.
This process has now earned Agriculture, which administration after administration, has pushed as the best way to diversify the nation's economy, a new record.
While the government push for more involvement of young Nigerians in agriculture, the cost of agricultural implements have continued to soar, getting out of reach of average farmers and forcing them to resort to bush burning most times.
A recent research by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has shown that Agriculture is now the top contributor to global warming in Nigeria.
It is a finding that now debunks a long-time general assumption that energy is the highest contributor to global warming.
Global warming is a long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth's climate system, an aspect of climate change shown by temperature measurements and by multiple effects of the warming.
Professor Peter Ekweozoh, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday.
He spoke at a workshop with theme: “Green Economy Capacity Assessment Workshop” at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Lagos.
The workshop was a partnership between the University of Reading, U.K, and FIIRO to brainstorm on how to improve the Green Economy and mitigate environmental degradation.
“A recent research by our ministry shows that the agriculture sector is the highest contributor to global warming in Nigeria and also the use of land, contrary to what we believed.
“Research has proven that it is not energy, and so, if we are able to stop the use of chemical fertilisers, burning of agricultural waste and turn them into usable products, our society will be better.
“The Federal Government is already making efforts at having low carbon development programmes. The President has signed the Paris Agreement that took place in 2015.
“With this development, Nigeria will be able to enforce its own policy called the `National Determined Contribution on Sea Waste Road Map 2030," he said.
Ekweozoh highlighted that the country was not deficient in having a policy framework that could attract donors to help in realising the Green Agenda policy but rather, the country needs personnel to carry out its policy.
“We are not bereft of a framework that can help us with the Green Economy; what we need is to put our policy framework together in order to attract foreign donors. We have up-to-date climate change policies and road-maps.
“In the implementation of the Green Economy policy framework, we need to coordinate the skills.
"We also need to close those gaps and then we will have a good shot at implementation of the policy.
"At the end of this programme we will start massive capacity building programme as a result of the gaps to fill,” he said.
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