Zulum at IITA, NSPRI, NCAM, seeks partnership on food security, agriculture



Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno has visited International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI) and the National Centre for Agriculture in Ibadan, capital of Oyo.

The visit which took place on Tuesday, is aimed at forging strategic partnership with the three agricultural research institutionS and technology providers to address the challenge faced by the agricultural sector in Borno due to the activities of insurgents.

The governor's delegation comprised of professors of agricultural engineering, technical staff of the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Agriculture Engineering.

Leveraging on the expertise of the institutions, the governor intended to harness innovation, improve productivity, support livelihood and ensure food sufficiency for the Borno population through sustainable agricultural practices.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a leading research institution which is known for its expertise in enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability.

The NSPRI is an institution that focuses only primarily on providing effective technologies for mitigating post-harvest losses of all crop categories in Nigeria.

Similarly, NCAM provides intervention to advance mechanization of the agricultural sector.

Zulum said in a statement that the collaborations will foster knowledge transfer, as experts from IITA, NSPRI and NCAM will engage with local farmers, extension workers, and policymakers.

'Our visit was to know exactly what these institutions are doing and see how the Government and people of Borno State will benefit from the outcome of the research conducted by these institutions,' Zulum said.

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