ABU Zaria to Farm on 363ha of Land

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, is set to commence full-scale commercial farming in the next farming season.

The varsity said it would kick off the cultivation of crops in its 363 hectares (ha) of arable land as part of the varsity’s efforts to boost food security and provide employment opportunities for young people.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Kabir Bala made this disclosure in a statement released by the school’s Acting Director of Public Affairs Directorate, Malam Auwalu Umar.

Bala said, “Let me reiterate that from the next farming season, we are going to cultivate all ABU farms 100 per cent for commercial purposes. Our farms must give us the food we eat, we must set the example.

“The university agricultural researchers must buckle up in their search for more yields and nothing should stop the institution from producing more than 100 bags of produce per hectare as is the case in many developing nations.”

The vice-chancellor explained that the varsity decided to embark on the project to utilise its vast agricultural complex and to contribute its quota to national food security drive.

He further disclosed that researchers in the institution would be embarking on a short training on commercial farming in South Africa.

The new project is also being supported by the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), the National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS), the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), among other institutions.

He added, “This is a task that must be accomplished because food insecurity is often rooted in poverty and has long-term impacts on the ability of families, communities and countries to develop and prosper.

“Prolonged undernourishment stunts growth, slows cognitive development and increases susceptibility to illness.”

SOURCE: AGRONIGERIA

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