Shortcomings of Traditional Agriculture and the Need for Innovations
We have already noted that agriculture is the mainstay of the Eastern Nigerian economy and that within the foreseeable future it will continue to be the region’s major source of employment and income. We have also observed that many farming communities are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the problems of supporting their peoples, let alone of producing saleable surpluses of agricultural products with which to finance much-needed and long overdue improvements in living standards. There is an obligation then ‘to transform traditional agriculture, which is niggardly, into a highly productive sector of the economy’.1 Those who farm as their forbears did cannot make the significant contributions to the economic growth of the Eastern Provinces which are necessary if a truly modern society is to emerge.
KeywordsChemical Fertiliser Land Tenure Tree Crop Traditional Agriculture Eastern Province
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