26 May 2021 By: JOEY Anzaku.
Federal University of Lafia has established a Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development Studies, CARDS, for profitable economic activities in rural communities.
The establishment of the Centre followed approval by the University’s Senate in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
At the presentation of a Blueprint for the new Centre, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Shehu Abdulrahman said rural areas constitute a high percentage of agricultural production in Nigeria hence the creation of the Centre to serve as a linkage between rural areas and cities.
Prof Abdulrahman said that CARDS would develop a new approach for efficient and profitable economic activities in rural communities across the country.
Presenter of the Blueprint for the Centre, Professor Dayo Philip stressed that there was need to change the mindset of Nigerian farmers, to enable them improve their productivity and market their surpluses.
According to Prof. Philip, the Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development Studies, would also solve agricultural challenges such as absence of agro processing, land degradation and inefficient marketing among others.
Member, Nasarawa State House of Assembly and Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, Dr Ibrahim Peter Akwe called on the Centre to address the challenges of poor harvest and adopt the Federal and State Governments Policy on Agriculture to ensure food sufficiency and exportation.
General Manager, Radio Nigeria Precious FM, Lafia, Ibrahim Abimiku, represented by the Head of Department, Programmes, Dr Donald Ikyumeh, said the station would partner the University in disseminating Agricultural programmes to achieve set objectives.