The Federal Government has been advised to assist higher institutions and research institutes to market their research findings.
Dr Kolawole Adebayo, a lecturer at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, who gave the advice, said collaboration with high institutions would boost agricultural research and food production.
Adebayo who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday in Lagos, said the Ministry of Agriculture should open up a window for higher institutions to market research projects.
Adebayo, who is of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, said that government should put in place a working relationship, whereby higher institutions can carry out research projects on behalf of the government.
He said that through the collaboration students would be exposure to the realities of agriculture, while farmers would also be further exposured to modern techniques of farming.
“The ministry of agriculture should have connection with institutions to expose the students; it will involve them in practical activities.
“The ministry should be able to keep records of farms in each local government; this will help the institutions keep records of where students can carry out their industrial training.
“ We can’t get all the practicals done in school, the students should understand farm management and how to manage commercial farms, “he said