Nigeria’s agriculture research sector loses millions of dollars yearly – ARMTI

He said that the country need agric research to improve its food production, reduce food shortages and poverty as well create job.

Participants at a week long training on grantsmanship in ARMTI, Ganmo, Kwara State, on Tuesday.

 

Nigeria’s agriculture research sector loses approximately $100 million annually due to its inability to attract grants from local and foreign grant-issuing foundations and organisations.

The Executive Director of Agriculture and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Dr Olufemi Oladunni, revealed this on Tuesday in Ganmo, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara.

Oladunni spoke at the opening of a week-long training workshop on grantsmanship for the institute.

He said that the country need agric research to improve its food production, reduce food shortages and poverty as well create job.

The ARMTI boss said that the institute deemed it necessary to contribute its own quota into developing the skills, knowledge and research competence of the nation’s scientists “to make them develop more, better, quality and high-yielding varieties to improve food security in Nigeria”.

“Based on the background that some of the commodities such as crops, livestock, fisheries or even agro forestry are already being produced in the country but the quantum of our production is far below international output.

“Nigeria is not losing anything below a 100 million dollars grant every year due to inability to attract both local and foreign grants.

“And you know what that can do in the research system only in agriculture.

”When you extend this and look at value chain for research, there are lots to gain by research scientists among other actors along the research value chain that are losing this opportunity.

“For instance, in soya beans production, the highest you can have as output per hectare today is 1.3 tonnes as against 10 tonnes per hectare in some other climes.

“You can see the enormity of what we’re saying. It’s not just in style of production, but varieties being planted.

“And that’s where research comes in. Research must be able to make production high yielding,” Oladunni said.

He explained that Nigeria need to improve the tonnes of food it produce to make food shortages go down, make poverty go down and increase employment within the system.

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“It’s only when you have right varieties of commodities cutting across livestock, fisheries and crop production that you can get some of these things done.

“That’s the essence of having research institutes and faculties of agriculture in our tertiary institution because agric research is not meant for research institutes alone. Every participant is supposed to be involved.

“Grantsmanship; getting fund is not what government alone can do. There are some foundations all over, even outside Nigeria who are ready to give out fund to get these things done but we are not getting it because we don’t have fund-able research proposals around.

“That’s why ARMTI is coming out to contribute its own quota into developing the skills, knowledge and research competence of our scientists to be able to develop more, better, quality and high-yielding varieties to improve food security in Nigeria,” he said.

Oladunni, who said that 50 participants at the training programme were drawn across research institutes in the country, added that “almost every research institute in the country is represented and faculties of agriculture around us and outside here, including our own staff are involved”.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Dr Ishaku Elisha from Vom, Plateau, said that they would collaborate through networking among themselves to spread the knowledge garnered during the programme towards making the training worthwhile.

 

 

(NAN)

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