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Prof M.K Othman (PhD)
Research is the key to unlocking the huge potential and bridging the productivity gaps in various commodities in the Nigerian agricultural production system. Under the auspices of the Federal Government, Nigeria has 14 commodities-based Research Institutes and four Agricultural support service providers and coordinating and supervisory body. These do not include states owned agricultural research institutes. As part of Nigerian structure to develop agriculture, the 14 commodities-based NARIs are mandated to genetically improve their mandate crops, develop their improved production, processing and utilisation technologies as well as developing preventive and curative measures against environmental hazards associated with farming system. Each of the 14 NARIs were allocated commodities, with which they have comparative advantages based on their ecological locations. All the major agricultural commodities being produced in Nigeria are covered by these NARIs. Similarly, the four NARIs, providers of Agricultural Support Services are NAERLS Zaria, NCAM Ilorin, ARMTI Ilorin and NVRI Vom near Jos. The major mandate of NAERLS is to provide Extension and Liaison Services, NCAM has a major of developing technologies for Mechanising Nigerian Agriculture while ARMTI is mandated to identify managerial needs/problems and develop appropriate interventions to address them. VOM is mandated to identify animal diseases, develop their treatment and control, and production of animal vaccines against diseases.
By Abiodun Fagbemi
The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has commissioned the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) Ilorin to present a national seminar on how to halt frequent clashes between Fulani cattle rustlers and farmers.
The programme according to the Head Public Relations Officer of the ARMTI, Mr Mayowa Gidado would assist the government in extracting the fullest benefits from the practitioners of the two ancient professions when they are at peace with each others.
By Abiodun Fagbemi, Ilorin
THE Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Ilorin, has expended N10 million on eight rural communities in Kwara state on its rural empowerment scheme christened, Value Alive Development Initiative (VALDI).
The Acting Director of the ARMTI, Anthony Njoku said at Apa-Ola in Ifelodun Local Government Area (LGA) of Kwara, that the money was distributed by a commercial bank to the villagers, forming contributory groups under a revolving loan arrangement.