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Recording Federal government should be celebrating the giant stride recorded by an agriculturist, Ijeoma Njimezi who had successfully revealed how Nigeria's agricultural sector will receive a boost through the federal government's plan in setting up a nuclear research center.

Recording Federal government should be celebrating the giant stride recorded by an agriculturist, Ijeoma Njimezi who had successfully revealed how Nigeria's agricultural sector will receive a boost through the federal government's plan in setting up a nuclear research center.

The programe will also help in building power plant and serve as an eco-friendly means of generating electricity. It will be adapted into different areas of agriculture, including insect control, food preservation and increasing crop yield. Underscoring the benefits nuclear technology has over insect control, as opposed to the use of insecticides and pesticides.
Nigeria Moment is of the view that the use of insecticides and pesticides, poses significant challenges to the environment. Insecticides are toxic and when used to fight insects they leave toxic residues on crops. This could pose challenges to human health. Besides, insects are known to develop resistance to pesticides”. However, through the use of nuclear technology and knowledge, which the proposed research center will offer, she stressed insects could be controlled through: Sterile Insect Technique (SIT). This method, she informed, involves sexually sterilizing male insects via radiation. “Such insects are subsequently released into the wild. When such male insects mate with females no offspring are produced.
Federal government needs to encourage more researches to give Nigeria the required global awareness. Nevertheless, irradiated insects do not become radioactive, thus posing no threat to people who come into contact with them,” In the area of food processing, nuclear technology, could be used in food preservation, through food irradiation. “This technique neutralizes the reproductive abilities of microorganisms, which decomposes food, through controlled amounts of ionizing radiation. “Food irradiation, poses significant advantages over conventional food preservation techniques, since it poses very little changes to the nutritional value, texture, taste and appearance of food.” Throwing light on how nuclear technology could be adapted to increase crop yield.

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