INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION OF AFRICA’S AGRICULTURAL SECTOR A PARADIGM SHIFT TRANSFORMATION

  • OSUJI EMEKA EMMANUEL Lecturer/Researcher
  • Onyebinama IFY MICHAEL OKPARA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE, UMUDIKE, NIGERIA
  • AGU CHINYERE 2Department of Cooperative Economics and Management, Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria
  • EZE EMEKA 3Department of Agricultural Technology, Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
  • IBEKWE CHIGOZIE 4Department of Agricultural Economics, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria
Keywords: Agriculture, Africa, Industrialization, Transformation, Policies, Revolution

Abstract

Agriculture is still the dominant occupation of over 70% of the African rural farmers. Increasing the operations of Africa’s agriculture is thus very essential in attaining industrial revolution and shift resulting in Africa’s agriculture sector growth and obliteration of poverty in African countries. The sudden break-out of industrial agro-revolution experienced an overwhelming increase in in agricultural outputs and sector development. Improved methods of production involving the use of machines and mechatronics had drastically reduced the use of old methods of cultivation (animal and human labours) which deface agriculture making it a tedious enterprise. Furthermore, the invention and introduction of advanced emerging technologies in agriculture had overhaul the entire sector aligning and fortifying it into a profitable and viable enterprise thus driving agro-industrial revolution cum transformation. This has further increased the level of agricultural productivity in terms of yields, outputs, and overall economic gains. Conclusively, agricultural innovations, revolution and transformations are currently at the third stage of industrial revolution awaiting metamorphosis into the fourth industrial revolution where advanced technologies and its drifts such as the virtual reality (VR), agro-robotics (AR), Internet of Things (IT), and artificial intelligence (AI) are domiciled and seriously changing our work patterns and ways of life. Hence, African governments are to exploit the benefits of industrial revolution via the use of advanced technological tools and inclusive policy instruments to nurture economic growth, sector development and overall transformation of the African economy.

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OSUJI EMEKA EMMANUEL, Lecturer/Researcher

Department of Agricultural Economics

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Published
2020-06-08
How to Cite
EMMANUEL, O., IFY, O., CHINYERE, A., EMEKA, E., & CHIGOZIE, I. (2020). INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION OF AFRICA’S AGRICULTURAL SECTOR A PARADIGM SHIFT TRANSFORMATION. GPH-International Journal of Agriculture and Research E-ISSN 2805-4362 P-ISSN 2805-4340, 3(05), 01-10. Retrieved from http://gphjournal.org/index.php/ar/article/view/276