During the project conceptualization workshop, May 29, 2014 was one moment that would remain memorable in the life of Mr Obidele Lukman, the award winner for the best science project 2013 in Nigeria, when he received the national recognition and a cash gift of 500 USD from the Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina.
Mr Obidele Lukman who holds a Nigeria Certificate in Education in Science Laboratory Technology in National Certificate, and graduated from the Federal College of animal Health and production technology, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria, spoke to Adefioye Adedayo, one of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs on the aim of his project with his motivation and prospects.
He carried out a project on the “Utilization of poultry wastes for Biogas production”, and in his statement it was a research-based project work that revealed the efficacy of generating biogases from what have been generally tagged wastes particularly the feaces and feathers of poultry birds I.e. energy production from poultry wastes. The major gas produced was Methane with traces of Nitrogen dioxide and hydrogen sulphide gas.
Methane he said is a major constituent of natural gas which can be used for automobiles and domestic appliances.
Asking him on the reason(s) for choosing that particular project, he said he was really interested in something that could have positive impact directly on the lives of people economically and even globally, while using Agriculture as one of the tools in a science driven manner. Emphasizing on the economic impact, gas produced being produced can be used at homes as fuels for their domestic appliance.
He later highlighted the major aims of his project:
- Reduction of pollution: Pollution form poultry and generally livestock farm’s seriously threatens humans, fish and ecosystems. As Agricultural firms increase across the country with the value chains of Fisheries and Livestock production receiving increased attention, the possibilities of pollution from Agricultural wastes to increase is high. A way to tackle this is to adopt the conversion of these pollution elements into something useful.
- Wealth creation: It is also a way of making extra money into the pockets thereby turning it into another value chain of income generation.
- Employment opportunities: Ultimately, mitigating the alarming rate of unemployment in the society is a remarkable idea and this project is one that does just that especially targeted at youth unemployment.
The Honorable minster admired his courage and interest in solving unemployment and encouraged him to soar higher in his quest to also finding lasting solution to the problem of unemployment using Agriculture majorly while integrating it with other sectors of the country.
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Blogpost by Adefioye Adedayo, IYA member and a social media reporter for the #YADI14