Agriculture is the highest contributor to global warming in Nigeria, a recent research conducted by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology says.
This research debunks the long-time general assumption that energy is the highest contributor to global warming.
Prof. Peter Ekweozoh, Director, Environmental Sciences and Technology, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
He spoke with NAN at a workshop with theme: “Green Economy Capacity Assessment Workshop” at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Lagos.
The workshop was a partnership between the University of Reading, U.K, and FIIRO to brainstorm on how to improve the Green Economy and mitigate environmental degradation.
“A recent research by our ministry shows that the agriculture sector is the highest contributor to global warming in Nigeria and also the use of land, contrary to what we believed.
“Research has proven that it is not energy, and so, if we are able to stop the use of chemical fertilisers, burning of agricultural waste and turn them into usable products, our society will be better.
“The Federal Government is already making efforts at having low carbon development programmes. The President has signed the Paris Agreement that took place in 2015.
“With this development, Nigeria will be able to enforce its own policy called the `National Determined Contribution on Sea Waste Road Map 2030’’, he said.