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Saturday, July 15, 2017

THE EMERGENCE OF SOIL REVOLUTION


Theme: Alleviating Poverty & Unemployment in the Nigeria Economy.

Tag line: "Making Life Better For All Nigerians"


Category: Education & Agriculture
TopicThe Emergence of Soil Revolution
Focus Area/Coverage: Nigeria in General

By: 

Ambassador Popoola Oladayo
popoolaoladayo@rocketmail.com
+2347039331997


''We have all it takes and if poverty is really a relegated bastard, we must get to work and throw two stones at the bird of poverty: Education and Agriculture.'' - Popoola Oladayo '17"

About Me:


I am Popoola Oladayo by name. I graduated from Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), where I bagged in second class upper grade in Metallurgical and Material Engineering in the year 2009. During my five years course of study in the university, I did six month training in Computer Repairs. The knowledge and experience gained during this training helped me to start up a little enterprise of my own. I became my own boss and inherit the features of an entrepreneur. This helps me develop a smooth customer relationship skill and grow my knowledge in the world of Information and Communication Technology. It also helped me to be self-reliant in that I was able to cater for my academics and personal needs while in school. In my fourth year in the higher institution, I went for a six month undergraduate internship at Nigerian Foundries Limited in Lagos. As a result of the ASUU strike then, the six month internship programs extended to a year program. During this one year internship program, I was introduced to heavy industrial activities. I learnt how to receive task and deliver them at the scheduled time under adequate pressure and supervision. I also learnt processing of job orders from customers and other data analysis using Microsoft office tools and other engineering applications like AUTOCAD and AUTODESK. Overall, I learnt the A to Z of metal castings. With all these knowledge and experiences gained during my five years study in higher institution, I believe in myself that I can function properly and adequately in any organizations that are involved in data analysis, ICT and engineering materials production. After my National Youth Corps Service year, I got an opportunity to work with the Federal Government Initiative as an NPower Corp. Working under this initiative gives me the privilege to work closely with the young ones in my community secondary school. I have the opportunity to impact both academic and moral knowledge on the young ones. Building human capacity has always been my passion right from higher institution; and with this opportunity I was able to function to the fullest even with little motivation. I believe that these younger ones of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and to become great leaders one must be well educated. Because of the love for my country, Nigeria, I develop great passion in also tutoring secondary school students in my community. I organized free tutorials and seminars to help them shape their academics and future rightly. I believe also that Nicareer Initiatives are into the business of building capacity especially amongst the youths.


Introduction:


My community can be likening to my beautiful country as whole. Nigeria, the giant of Africa, is a great nation. The country is endowed with great and beautiful minerals resources. Nigeria is blessed with coal, gold, iron, cash and food crops among others. The weather and soil are so favorable for both peasant and commercial farming. The soil is black and loamy and the climates are so perfect. Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa, and also amongst the first ten in the world. All these human, minerals and natural resources make Nigeria the giant of Africa. The nation is also blessed with young, passionate and intelligent youths in which I myself happen to be one of them. After so much consideration on the pressing problems facing my nation and how it has affected my community gravely, I sat to study the situation critically and came up with a very practical and viable solution to tackle the so many problems of the country. The solution will not only help to reduce the unemployment situation of the country greatly, but also help to reduce the level of poverty in my community to the minimal level. Nigeria is a country well known for his mass production of cash crops in time past. We dominated the world in the aspect of cash crops production and exportation. God blesses the country with so many food and cash crops, but since the inception of crude oil, much attention has been shifted away to exchanging all these products into foreign exchange. I strongly believe that going back to these good old days of huge exportation of cash crops to foreign countries is not only a practicable solution but also the best solution to tackling both unemployment and poverty situation of the country. With all these knowledge of the how we used to survive as a nation, and our current situation; I came up with the topic, “THE EMERGENCE OF SOIL REVOLUTION”.   

Statement of the Challenges:


The Space is waving round the tide of an ebbing shore; the vast growth of everything is scanty and thin. The limited source of life is hope; hope only grows when the thin lines of hunger keeps falling from re-occurring in the human race. Tribal marks are inscribed with pains and wails, yet; the end result is always awesome. In same vein, the bitter leaf initially tastes bitterly but the sweetness is undeniable. Things only fall apart when nothing can be done to something, but when something could be done to a thing, the issue remains erected as a sexually active manhood. Young Ghi Sho said, "Nothing becomes dynamic until it's specific." The swing of tides and its negativity will without any iota of doubt affect the giant of Africa if poverty is still the richest problem been faced by Nigeria as a Nation. However, we still have hope of telling a beautiful story of a glorious Nation. We don't cut a tree by casting its leaves or twigs, we don't discover the fault of a tree from its leaves or twigs, a wise farmer will go to its root. Such is the state of the State. Agricultural sector has been slapped since it seems like we can survive the blend and waves of the dancing Globe through Crude Oil and other additional gift of the country which is just a serious fallacy. Of the truth, no country can succeed if the average interest in Agriculture is missing because it possesses this natural gift that gives 360 degree satisfaction. It is only well when we don't experience abnormalities, when we plant and our crops grow well. Oftentimes, we seem to look at the other side while the side we disdainfully look at is the real and strong deal that we need to face. However, hands have been tied against the word Agriculture, while Africans (especially Nigerians) must have forgotten that Agriculture holds the highest surviving percentage of an average man. Nigerians must have forgotten that before the world; it was Agriculture, in the course of the swinging tide; it is Agriculture and at the end; it will still be Agriculture. Therefore, we must all rise to the standards of living to fulfillment and enrichment, and not living to eat and die or survive because without Agriculture, we are as good as useless Granite that falls a building. Our forefathers were not much educated, but eliminated poverty through farming system. During upbringing, we're trained on how to make a living with Agriculture but unfortunately, it's seen as a dirty thing. When hands are tied at it; it means when a country fail to produce, she tends to borrow. There is a Yoruba adage with this interpretation: when food security is set in place, poverty is totally solved. For this, youths should take the free course of land and rightly use them as farmlands, then, we will boast of living and making an impact as well as helping and providing for more people to survive. It's either we dive into the Peasant farming or Commercial farming but it is right to know that Farming alone can feed as many as possible if only it's done with happiness. Whether we like it or not, agriculture is one of the most important sectors of Nigeria's economy. Failure to revive it and make it our number one source of foreign exchange again will bring about nothing but abject poverty and grave unemployment situation in the Nation. More of the 70% labor force is concentrated on the Agricultural sector in most of the developed Nations. Wonderfully, lack of food security takes the ample share of the overall cause of poverty. 


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The products yielded from Agriculture are divided into two groups: Food Crops and Industrial Crops. These two groups of Agricultural Products are enough to enrich the purse of a nation and totally alleviate poverty (by enabling great food security among the citizens). More than 30% of Nigeria population was employed as at 2010, thanks to the Agricultural Sector. With the above fact, it simply means if the government double the annual budget that goes into this sector, unemployment will reduce to as low as 40% in 2020. Around 33% of the land area in Nigeria is under cultivation. Should the government decide to come up with a land system for Agricultural purposes, this figure can skyrocket to 60%-70% in four years’ time. This implies that every 7 out of 10 Nigerians will own a large farmland. Around two-thirds of the Crop production is contributed by small farms. They use simple production techniques, and usually, the areas are not bigger or vaster than two hectares of land. The Agricultural Sector of Nigeria is improving rapidly, and with more support from the government, it can overturn the state of Recession where Nigeria has found herself today to a state of Economic Boast or Boom. There are already Industrial improvements that will and can make crops cultivation cheaper and easier. There are different cash crops in Nigeria. These cash crops used to be the pedal on which Nigeria thrive right before now. Since the inception of Crude oil, little attention has been shown to the Agricultural Sector. This caused little mayhem in the economy of the Nation. Diversifying the Economy can make these Cash Crops a major source of Foreign exchange and also stabilize the Economy again; and make it even better than it had been before this time.

Root Cash Crops such as: Taro (cocoyam), cassava; yams and sweet potatoes are so much in abundance in the Western and Southern part of Nigeria. All these can be processed to flours, well packaged and exported to some African countries and beyond. Most especially, countries that lack the soil to grow this farm produce.
Tree Crops such as: Cacao, Rubber and Oil Palm is very popular and are the main Cash Crop of the country until now, especially cacao and oil palm. They are used to produce cocoa and palm wine.
Multinational firms like Nestle have showed interest in our cacao by establishing firms that process these particular farm produce all around the nation. This enables us to buy our beverages at cheaper prices, creates massive employments for our youths and generates huge income to the government purse via tax. If the government can also build industries for the sole aim of processing cacao tree crops, we can not only imagine the benefits it will birth but also the good it will do in our midst. As previously mentioned, smallholder farmers contribute a lot to the Agricultural Sector of the country. I grew to know that most rich families in the 80s were cacao farmers. There is no doubt that venturing into the planting of cacao is a very viable and profitable business, only with little support from the government in terms of machineries and fertilizers. In fact, in 2010, Nigeria was the world's largest producer of sorghum. Currently, it is the biggest producer of Shea nuts. The country is also the second largest producer of millet, sweet potato, cashew nuts, and groundnuts; the third in producing palm kernels and fourth in producing cocoa beans. With all these credentials, one should expect a Nation like Nigeria to live in bounty boom and richness. It is also essential that we see to it that they are being exported overseas to boost the Nation's purse. By the virtue of Nigeria climate, most of the Cash Crops can be grown in abundance. The southwest is mostly 'occupied' with the cacao trees, the resource of cocoa. This even motivated the government to erect the cocoa house in Oyo State. This catalyzed the production of cocoa for foreign exchange then; created thousands of employment. And though the government had shifted attention from the infrastructure lately, I believe it's high time the government revisits the cocoa house in Ibadan and bring it back to its full functionality again. The Rubber, one of the main products, is cultivated in south-central and south-eastern part of the country. The northern part of Nigeria is mostly dry for five to seven months, but people still manage to grow Cash Crops (Guinea corn, millet and groundnuts) in this area. To take time in examining groundnut oil; it can be likened to crude oil in the essence that groundnut oil can be extracted from it and it's really a real great deal to the export trade of Nigeria. By setting up industries in all these Regions to process, package and make ready all these Cash Crops for exportation can yield great income to the country. It will also definitely provide jobs for unemployed Nigerian youths nationwide. 


Conclusion:


Finally, I will like to pin point some Cash Products that can be invested upon by the government and as an individual seeking a career in commercial farming. 
Cotton: After a boost from the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Cotton Production sector has increased rapidly. The NACOTAN (National Cotton Association of Nigeria) received millions of naira to develop the area further. This can cause foreign investors to come and establish Cotton Producing firms. This will not only bring income to the Government purse but also create massive employment to unemployed Graduates.
Cashew nuts: Nigeria produces about 50000 tons of cashew nuts annually. Almost 80% of it is exported to Brazil, India and Vietnam. This has greatly encouraged commercial farmers to venture in the planting of cashew trees. But the problem is that the nuts are exported raw and for relatively low price. The government should counter this problem by inviting foreign expertise to come and share the Technology of its processing with the commercial farmers here. And also erect research institutes to come up with a viable formula that will enable us to be able to process the nuts, and sell at a better price to these foreign nations. The government can also empower the youth by providing more lands, agricultural equipment and loans for youths interested in this cultivation which will greatly yield massive interest into the Nations Revenue.
Rubber wood: Nigeria is a big producer of rubber wood. The tree crop is now rising in demand in Asia, Europe and U.S; they are ready to find exporters to their nations. The Rubber wood can be sold for $259-$359 per cubic meter. These facts are enough to make Nigerian Government invest so much in the massive production for great Exportation. In couple with the above, Nigeria is one of the biggest producers of Cash Crops in the world. With proper management, poverty and unemployment can be alleviated totally in the Nation.
It is always well to make it happen rather than saying it. Little is much when God is in it and little is always plenteous when acting rightly and positively is in it. We have everything even if the Government won't provide anything; we have the hoes, the cutlass, the man power, so why must a money maker suffer when he can easily access the tools or why must a butcher's son cry of lacking meat to eat when he can simply get meat from his father's work place?
We have all it takes and if poverty is really a relegated bastard, we must get to work and throw two stones at the bird of poverty: Education and Agriculture; it is by so doing that we can live and make other live and we can satisfactorily survive and provide for the needs of those in need. Often time, little efforts and little encouragement is just needed to make a bastard stop looking for his unknown father; a little hardworking and little attention to Agriculture can chase poverty away totally from us. The hand, they say; doesn't deceive us. We can always use our hands to work and reap it abundantly. Agriculture is just another great life and living in it is another Heaven of complacency on Earth. Agricultural Revolution is the best dose for alleviating poverty from amongst us.

Popoola Oladayo Hammed
popoolaoladayo@rocketmail.com
+2347039331997

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54 comments:

  1. Wow.. This is a great piece and very comprehensive... Kudos

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  2. Intelligently written

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  3. OneForAll NigeriaJuly 16, 2017 at 5:26 AM

    To say that this is the best panacea for Nigeria will not be able to capture exactly what it is. God bless the writer.

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  4. Wow! What an intellectual write up.. Keep it up bro, sky is ur limit

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  5. Phenomenal! A great write up from an intelligent mind

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  6. Waoh, you too make sense boss, sky is your starting point

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  7. Thanks so much, guys. I can't thank you enough. Let's keep the voting up by telling others till we finally win the challenge.

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  8. That is the true solution to change our status

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  9. You have a point bro....I will keep supporting you sir.

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  10. It is an absolute brilliance! If this could be done, trust me, Nigeria will be freed of recession. Well done, Sir. Brilliant work!!

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  11. Some people write because they cannot speak but believe me, this write up speaks. Kudos to the man

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  12. Some people write because they cannot speak but believe me, this write up speaks. Kudos to the man

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  13. This is brilliant and insightful.
    Excellently written.

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  14. Nice one...he's vibrant,generous,firm and not impetuous. Keep it up

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  15. A pragmatic approach to solving the woes of our country. Well-done sir

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  16. This is excellent.
    Well done bro.

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  17. YOU ARE THIEF GUY... YOU ARE CHEATING THE SYSTEM...YOUR VOTES ARE FAKE...IT SI VERY OBVIOUS AND CLEAR THAT YOU AND YOUR COLLEGUE HAVING OVER 9000 VOTES COMPETING FOR 1ST AND SECOND POSITION ARE DOING MULTIPLE VOTES...I EXPECT NICAREER INITIATIVE TEAM TO DISQUALIFY BOTH OF YOU ELSE THEY ARE UNFAIR AND BIASED.

    HOW CAN YOU GUYS EARN OVER 2000 VOTES JUST A DAY WHEN YOU ARE NOT A CELEBRITY AND YOU ONLY HAVE JUST 24 COMMENT...STOP CHEATING!!!!!!!!
    FAKE VOTE AND FAKE NICAREER INITIATIVE IF THEY ACCEPT YOUR VOTE.

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  18. YES OHH...THIS GUY VOTE IS FAKE..I LEARNT HE IS DOING MULTIPLE VOTE THROUGH COOKIES DELETION.
    ....HE MUST BE DISQUALIFIED...
    NICAREER INITIATIVE ADMIN....TAKE NOTE.

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  19. you are a serial and bloody cheat papoola..
    i am very sure NICAREER will disqualify you.
    how can you make hundreds of votes within 30 mins?????
    is so clear.

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  20. FORGET THIS IDIOT AND HIS FAKE ARTICLE
    continue cheating the system...
    i will dislike and neglect NICAREER INITIATIVE if you are not being disqualified.

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  21. Brilliant write up.
    Keep it up..

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  22. Nice one bro keep it up

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  25. A brilliant write up Sir, the perfect bailout to Nigeria's present situation.
    If i am capable, you deserve a ministerial seat in Nigeria.

    I stand with Ambassador Popoola Oladayo - Emergence of soil revolution.

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  35. Wow this is the solution we have been waiting for. Good job popoola

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  36. I was moved by this write up I wish our leaders can read this too, I know there will be a great change.. Kudos to you sir

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