By Bisade Ojoye
The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Kolawole Salako has advocated for the scientific use of land with modern technology at resolving the clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria. The Vice Chancellor made this known as the Keynote Speaker during the award lecture of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Ogun State Chapter, and the public presentation of the newly-published book of the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka titled, ‘Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth’, held at the Abeokuta Club, themed ‘National Survival’.
Speaking during his lecture titled, “Trends in Cattle Management and Concerns About Food Security in Nigeria,” Prof. Salako disclosed that technology could be deployed through satellite maps and data, digital field tools and laboratory equipment, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and software applications for agriculture as well as drones for effective cattle management in the country. He also emphasised the need for land evaluation and land use planning to demarcate prime lands for agriculture and the conservation of natural resources for sustainable development. Prof. Salako further stated that allowing animals to move around without control or consideration for the interest of other land users cannot be described as animal husbandry in the 21st century. In his speech at the event, the Nobel Laureate called for a collective approach toward ending insecurity in the country. The highpoint of the event was the presentation of an award to Prof. Salako as the Vice Chancellor of the Year.