The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat has promised to sustain its synergy with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to increase food security across the territory.
The Mandate Secretary FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim made this known when the project manager of IITA, Prof. Lateef Sanni paid him a courtesy visit.
The secretary explained that the secretariat would continue to organize and mobilize the farmers to benefit from the programmes of the Institute which has the mandate of research on soya bean, Yam, cassava, maize, cowpea, Banana and plantain.
Ibrahim said the secretariat had achieved notable strides through the collaboration that it had with IITA since 1991.
“We appreciate IITA for not only making the research findings available but also providing our farmers in the FCT with improved varieties of the aforementioned crops” he said.
Mallam Ibrahim stressed the importance of research and pledged the commitment of the Secretariat to sustain collaboration with the Institute.
He applauded the recent donation of a transformer and a borehole by the Institute in 2019.
On his part, the IITA Abuja station representative Prof. Lateef Sanni appreciated the FCT Administration for always supporting the Institute to meet up with its mission to raise agriculture production in the territory.
He also called for support in the completion of its 1630 meters perimeter fence, to guard against encroachment.
In her remarks, the Director Agriculture Services in the Secretariat, Mrs Francisca Ihekandu expressed optimism that when necessary Agro measures are put in place, there would be multiplier effects in food productivity.
By Remi Johnson