By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has resolved to synergize with agricultural research institutes across the country to revitalize agricultural sector.
Mandate Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, FCTA, Mr Lawan Geidam stated this during a visit to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, in Abuja.
The visit was in continuation of the secretary’s familiarisation tour of agricultural facilities and institutions in the FCT.
Geidam explained that the goal of strengthening the synergy with research institutes was to boost food production and enhance food security.
He stressed that Research Institutes play a critical role in achieving sustainable agricultural development.
He specifically acknowledged the valuable expertise and resources that research institutes offer, particularly in sharing knowledge of agricultural innovations and technological practices amongst farmers in rural communities.
“The FCTA recognizes that a robust agricultural sector is vital for food security, economic growth, and job creation particularly in the FCT, currently grappling with a rapidly increasing population.This is why FCT Administration will be strengthening synergy with your institute as well as other relevant organisations to leverage on your knowledge and experience.
“This will enable us to address challenges and implement effective strategies for agricultural transformation,” he said.
Geidam also visited the FCT Livestock Markets in Kugbo and Deidei; Nyanya Veterinary Clinic; Karu Abattoir and Kado Fish Market among others.
At the Karu abattoir, the Secretary told the butchers and veterinary doctors that the FCT Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike had given him a matching order to implement programmes that would revitalize the sector.
“Our plan, in line with the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of the present administration, is to reinvigorate the agricultural sector to contribute to food security.”
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Bukky Alabi