From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
As part of its effort to support Agricultural promotion policy, the Federal University Dutse appealed to federal government to assist for the successful operation of the Agribusiness incubation centre in the University.
The appeal was made by the Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Fatima Batoul Mukhtar while delivering her speech at the commissioning of Agribusiness Incubation Centre (AIC) held yesterday at the University premises.
She explained that, the centre was first conceived by the Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigeria (ADAN) wholly adopted and developed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) as key activity in the implementation of agricultural promotion policy nationwide.
The VC maintained that, the centre established as centre of excellence for the dissemination of the best agricultural practices for the expansion of the capacity of Nigerian farmers to produced food and agricultural products on a sustainable basis.
According to her, for the centre to be effective it need the federal government assistances in facilitating mobility for staffs, rice milling accessories as well as provision of access road to the centre.
Professor Mukhtar also reminded the minister on their pending requests for the transfer of Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) to the University among other requests.
While delivering his speech, the minister of Agriculture and rural Development Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, said federal government is committed to boost agricultural sector as part of its effort to address the recent economic challenges.
The minister who assured to look over the requests, commended the University for this achievement and promised more federal government’s commitment toward promoting agricultural sector for a better economy in the country.