As the Tinubu-led administration rolls out short, medium, and long-term agricultural strategies to boost the sector, horticulturists under the auspices of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria, HORTSON, called for the use of Artificial Intelligence, AI, along the various horticultural value chains.

The call was contained in a communique signed by the President-in-Council, HORTSON, Prof Rufus Ipinmoroti, and Dr. Ajayi E.O, after HORTSON’s 41st Annual Conference, which took place at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso from November 13-16, 2023 with the ‘Application of Science, Technology and Artificial Intelligence in the Production and Practices of Horticulture.’

The Conference was attended by 268 participants from various institutions, including Universities, Colleges of Agriculture, Research Institutes, Polytechnics, Students, farmer groups, and other stakeholders.

Over 287 research papers on various sub-themes in five parallel technical sessions were presented and discussed during the technical sessions, and 11 personalities, which four Vice Chancellors were awarded the Society’s highest honor- ‘Fellow of Horticultural Society of Nigeria,’ FHSN, while the Nigerian Journal of Horticultural Science (NJHS) volume 27 Issues 1 & 2 of 2023 were launched as well.

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