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“......today’s research is tomorrow’s wealth”
VOL. 4 No. 2 NOVEMBER, 2022 Edition
A QUARTERLY NEWS LETTER OF THE AGRICULTU...
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  1. 1. “......today’s research is tomorrow’s wealth” VOL. 4 No. 2 NOVEMBER, 2022 Edition A QUARTERLY NEWS LETTER OF THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF NIGERIA EWSLETTER EWSLETTER EWSLETTER A A AR R RC C CN N N TH 45 REGULAR MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (NCARD): Minister of Agriculture expresses excitement over contribution of the sector to Nation Building. The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar stated that theAgricultural sector topped the chart in a survey report of National Bureau of Statistics. Noting that of seven (7) sectors identified to have contributed to Nigeria's economy in the second quarter of 2022, Agriculture out-performed six (6) o t h e r s e c t o r s c o m p r i s i n g T r a d e , Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, RealEstateas wellasFinance&Insurance. The Minister revealed this at the opening ceremony th of the 45 Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD) with the theme, “Strengthening Agricultural Value Chain Development Process for Food Security and Economic Development” held at Rayfield- Jos, PlateauState,recently. According to the Minister, Agriculture alone contributed 23.3% to GDP (Half Year 2022), which supports the positive trend of the previous years' performance of 25.88% (2021). 26.21 (2020), 25.16% (2019), 25.13% (2018), 25.08% (2017), 24.45% (2016) and23.11%(2015). He emphasized that the data reflected the impact of the implementation of programmes and projects in the agricultural sector despite the security challengesinthecountry. The Minister posited thatAgriculture is a key sector in the country as it does not only feed millions of people, but also contributing towards the overall development of the economy. In his words, “It has been consistently prioritized by successive Administrations towards ensuring food security and attainingnationaldevelopmentplans”. Dr.Abubakar maintained that the Ministry would equally sustain its programmes on farm inputs subsidy support programme, registration, clustering and validation of farmers, mainstreaming women and youth in agribusiness, and developing Cooperatives along variousagriculturalcommodityvaluechains. Executive Governor of Plateau State, Hon. Simon Bako Lalong with the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar During the NCARD, 2022
  2. 2. 2 NEWS He stated that federal government has approved an intervention fund for the completion of 10 numbers of large-scale rice mills in the 10 States of the federation. The Mills are located in Jigawa, Kano, Adamawa, Niger, Kaduna, Gombe, Ekiti, Ogun, Bayelsa and Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Mills are located in Jigawa, Kano,Adamawa, Niger, Kaduna, Gombe, Ekiti, Ogun, Bayelsa and Federal Capital Territory(FCT). He added that other efforts were the development of Agribusiness Incubation Centres, with capacity to train 4,000 beneficiaries per session, which are located in the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua University, Katsina, University of Ibadan, University of Maiduguri, Niger Delta University and University of Abuja. He disclosed that the Ministry facilitated the production and distribution of 920MT of assorted improved seeds (Breeder, Foundation and High Breed Seeds) of Cashew, Sesame, Sorghum, Maize, Rice, as well as the distribution of 67,000 Litres of Agro-Chemicals to 1,397,469 farmers and 14,785 Agricultural Equipment, Material,Tools, Groundnut Processing machines, Rice Mills, Cashew processing Machines, Oil Palm Processing Mills with components, Tractors, Combine Harvester Tricycles for Farmers, Colour Sorter and 2000 Knapsacksprayers tofarmersacross thecountry. The Minister stated that the Ministry had also trained 153,124 women and youths on various agricultural crop, fishery and livestock value chain and empowered 142,703, trained 214,787 farmers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and 220,018 farmers on Farmer Business School (FBS), trained 3,985 Extension Agents across the country on agricultural value chains and extension methods, established Nine Nos Agricultural Extension Services Delivery Centres in Anambra, Oyo, Cross River, Kano, Bauchi, Niger, Benue, Edo and Katsina States, procured and distributed to 370 Nos Motorcycles Front Line Extension Agents to enhancetheirmobility. Speaking further, he added that recently, the Ministry was able to set up a fact finding mission under the Leadership of the Executive Director, National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike to investigate the scourge of the Potato Blight Disease that has ravage some farms in Plateau State with a view to finding a solutiontotheproblem. Abubakar stressed on the need to maintain collaboration as a requirement for sharing initiatives, identifying interventions, pooling resourcesandimplantingprogrammesinthesector. He stated, “our task at this meeting is to review and even consolidate the previous resolutions of the Council, so as to provide further guidance on the future directions for the sector and make the desired impactontheeconomyas awhole”. He, therefore, solicited for active participation and support of all stakeholders in the facilitation of rural infrastructure, research and innovation, credit and insurance,extensionservicesandagribusiness website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar
  3. 3. 3 NEWS investment in the country, emphasizing that it would enable food and nutrition security and economicdevelopmentinNigeria. Also remarking, the Executive Governor of Plateau State/ Chairman Northern Governors Forum, Rt Hon. Simon Lalong, while declaring the Council open, commended the Hon. Minister and his team for ensuring that the Council meeting was held in PlateauState. He said that there is no better time than now for stakeholders to convene a meeting to brainstorm on best strategies and policies to tackle hunger which isthreateningthegeneralwell-beingof Nigerians. The Governor pointed out that, potato farming has been aggregated from a subsistence activity to a large-scale activity that was aimed at supplying the domesticmarketandexport. According to him, “We have completed a Tissue Culture Laboratory in Mangu as well as built processing centres and warehouses in various local governments. Similarly, we have built market stalls in various centres to make the marketing of the productveryeasyandcost-effective”. The Governor seized the opportunity to draw the attention of the Hon. Minister to the increase in the incidences of devastation of Potato farms by Potato blight disease which had almost wiped out the existinglowyieldinganddegeneratedseeds. He, therefore, requested the Federal Government to come to their aid by paying some compensation for the huge losses running into billions. He also requested for the upgrade of the National Root Crops Research Institute, Kuru outstation in Plateau State to a full-fledged Potato research Institute amongst otherissues. On his part, the Hon. Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Shehuri commended the Executive Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency, Governor Simon Lalong, and his team for the provision of conducive venue for the meeting and provision of necessary security arrangements for the event. In his words, “The gesture by the Plateau State Government in hosting this meeting against all odds is indeed a demonstration of the continued cooperation between the Federal and State Governments”.He pointed out that the intensificationofeffortoncommodityvaluechain Cross Section of Participants at NCARD - 2022 Jos, Plateau State website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  4. 4. 4 NEWS In what seemed to be another landmark achievement in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) and the entire Agricultural sector under the leadership of Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, was the recent conduct of successful exercise leading to the appointment of five (5) Executive Director of Agricultural Research Institutes and two (2) Provosts of Federal Colleges of Agriculture. The Executive Secretary of ARCN, Professor G. H. Sharubutu mni who led the two sets of exercises conducted at two different periods was highly commended for the most transparent and credible processes of appointment of Chief Executives Officers(CEOs) of NARIs andFCAs. The first exercise involved Institutions such as Federal College of FreshWater FisheriesTechnology (FCFFT) Baga, National Institute for Fresh Water Fisheries Research (NIFFR) New-Bussa, Federal College of Fresh Water Fisheries Technology (FCFFT) New-Bussa, National Institute of Horticultural Research (NIHORT) Ibadan, was conducted between January and February, 2022. The second exercise took place recently between September and October, 2022 includes Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI) Maiduguri, the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria (RRIN) Benin and the National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike. The exercises were transparently carried out in accordance withARCNAct 2021 as amended, in that it commenced with placement of advert in the National dailies and ARCN digital platforms. Applications were received and collated from prospective candidates Nation-wide and Aptitude TestconductedatthevariousvacantInstitutions. Immediately after the aptitude test, the Marking Panel constituted by the Executive Secretary, transparently carried out the marking of the exam- answer scripts. The Marking Panel which was chaired by Nuhu Yusuf, Director Knowledge Management and Communications, ARCN comprises of qualified professional senior officers and representative from Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), State Security Service (SSS), Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), and FederalCharacterCommission(FCC). The successful candidates were invited to theARCN Headquarters, Mabushi-Abuja for oral interview. The interview panel was headed by the Honourable Minister ofAgriculture and Rural Development, ably represented by his Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ernest A. Umakhihe and Executive Secretary ARCN as Secretary of the Panel. Amongst the members of the panel were, Director Human Resources FMARD, Director AE&SE-ARCN, Director Administration- ARCN, Executive Director NSPRI Ilorin and representatives of CCB, ICPC, SSS and FCC. The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar graciously approved the outcome of the interviews and accordingly the successful candidates were communicated by the Executive Secretary, ARCN for thecollectionof theirappointmentletters. While issuing the appointment letters to the newly Chief Executive Officers at theARCN Headquarters, Mabushi,Abuja, the Executive Secretary Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu mni charged them to work towards improving the standard of their various institutions and the entire National Agricultural Research System for Food and Nutrition Security of Nigeria. The list of the Colleges and Institutes and their respective new Chief Executive Officers is given below: 1. Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology,Baga,BornoState Dr.BakoMallamModu ARCN APPOINTS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS (CEOs) OF NARIs AND FCAs website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  5. 5. NEWS 5 “THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT IS DEVELOPING A ROBUST EXTENSION SYSTEM TO SUPPORT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT”-SHEHURI 2. Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology,New Bussa, NigerState Dr.BabatundeD. Olaosebikan 3. National Institute for Horticultural Research , Ibadan,Oyo State Dr.AttandaMuhammedLawal 4. National Institute of Freshwater Fisheries Research,New Bussa, NigerState Dr.AttahiruMohammedSule 5. Lake Chard Research Institute, Maiduguri, BornoState Dr.BabaGanaJugudum Kabir 6. RubberResearchInstitute,Benin,EdoState Dr.LeliaDongo 7. National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike, Abia State Prof. Chiedozie Ngozi Egesi development process as reflected in the theme was out of the desire to grow agriculture, diversify the economy, ensure food security and empower the citizenrythroughpublic-private-partnership. In his goodwill message, the Chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Bima Mohammed Enegi, commended the Hon. Minister for his initiatives towards diversifying the nation' s economy through NATIP, which would drive the valuechain. Highlights of the event were the inspection tour to Agriculture exhibition stand, Potato Research Institute, National Veterinary Research Institute and Federal College of Land Resources Technology,Kuru, Jos, PlateauState. The Executive Secretary, Professor Garba Hamidu Sharubutu, mni had also set a milestone record since the inception of Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria 15 years by leading a largest of team comprising of all technical Directors and th principalofficerstothe45 Councilmeeting. This statement is credited to the Honourable Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, during st the 1 Retreat of National Assembly (NASS) Committees on Agriculture, Executive Directors of National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs), Provosts of Federal Colleges of Agriculture, Vice Chancellors of Universities of Agriculture and the Directors of Agricultural Research Council of nd Nigeria held on 22 March, 2022 at Chida Hotel, Abuja. The theme of the event was “Promoting Collaboration, Research and Training between Public and Private Institutions for Sustainable Agricultural Production and Food Security” and the objective of the retreat is geared towards strengthening the weak bond/linkages between the National Assembly Members and the Research, Extension and training institutions under the Federal MinistryofAgricultureandRuralDevelopment. The Hon. Minister of State acknowledged that Agricultural Research and training is a vital component and indeed a strong pillar in the draft National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy under consideration and urged the institutions to work relentlessly to create innovation platform in areasof Crop Production, Mustapha Baba Shehuri Hon. Minister 0f State FMARD website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  6. 6. NEWS 6 Livestock and Fisheries by expanding the frontiers of research to adequately cover nutrition, climate change and efficient labour management using Farm Mechanization Technology. In his address, the Executive Secretary ARCN, Prof, Garba H. Sharubutu mni, welcomed all participants and highlighted that the retreat was the initiative of the Chief Executives of various Institutions to address the current challenges on Agricultural Research as a result of Insecurity, Covid-19 Pandemic and the Russian-Ukraine war. These problems he said had direct effect on the economy of the world, particularlyNigeria. Consequently, institutions under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development came up with the idea of brainstorming in order to haveaviableadvicetotheadministration. The retreat drew other participants from the key relevant Agencies/Parastatals such as Bureau for Public Procurement, the ICPC, the DSS amongst others that are important for the functioning of the Institutions. The Executive Secretary further emphasized that the areastobedeliberatedon were,butnotlimitedto: § How the various Research Institutes would synergise with each other in order to achieve the idealstowhichtheMinistrywas setup. § Proper understanding on the implementation of recently accented ARCN Amended Bill 2021. while the Colleges of Agriculture were tasked to produce skilled personnel that must be relevant to the Agricultural policy direction of the government. § The dividing lines and harmony that should exist betweenoneinstitutionandtheother. § The roles various Research Institutes would play vis-à-vis the roles of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as a supervisingMinistry § The gaps that exist in terms of capacity and how to approach the Minister to help in addressing issues. § The budget deficit as far as the implementation of theInstitutions'programsareconcerned. He then, appreciated the Hon. Minister of State and Chairman House of Representatives for active participation at the retreat in order to actualize its goal and move the Agricultural Research System forward. The Executive Secretary concludes by saying that 'the journey to attain [food] self-sufficiency is dependent on Agricultural Research, Training and ExtensionServices'. He then urged the Research Institutes to gear up to ensurethatnewinnovationsarebeingintroduced, The Chairman Committee of Directors of Research Institutes (CODRI), Dr Abiodun Sule, represented by The Executive Director of NIFOR, Dr Celestine Ikuenobe reiterated that the event was another milestone that engaged the stakeholders with the overall goal of moving the Agricultural Research System forward and to be more responsive to its variousstakeholders. The Permanent Secretary, FMARD Dr Ernest Umakhihe presented a paper titled, 'Intra Sectorial Linkages and Synergy for Improved Agricultural ResearchandtraininginNigeria'. He urged the NationalAgricultural Research System to be development-oriented; professionally staffed and managed; dynamic, innovative, efficient and a provider of services that are demand-driven, cost- effective, environmentally friendly and gender balanced. He stressed the need for a functional intra-sectoral linkage and synergy between several agencies conducting research, training and extension services in the country and suggested strategies that could be used to promote intra-sectoral linkage and synergy among the research and training institutions in Nigeria. The Manager of ARCN-TV and Radio Station, Mr. Zubair Abdurra'uf Idris presented a paper on an overview of the station and its benefits to the ResearchSystemandthenationatlarge. website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  7. 7. A Delegation led by His Royal Highness (HRH) Eze Ben Oriaku, Dike 1 of Umudike, the Traditional Ruler of Umudike Autonimous Community was received by the Executive Secretary of ARCN, Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu mni. The purpose of the visit as highlighted by HRH is to draw the attention of the ARCN to the communities' concern over the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) management lack of respect and recognition of the communities that donated land for the institute. He cited non-inclusion of the land donors in various activities of the Institute and how its presence had not been felt in their community in any way despite several years of existence. Acknowledging the fact that National Research Institute has been playing a crucial role in ensuring the development of agricultural produce in and around Nigeria since its inception in 1923, he then, on behalf of the donor communities, asked for a mutually beneficial relationship which would remove any friction that might affect industrial peace and harmony. He therefore appealed to the Council to intervene before it gets out of hands, in order to sustain the very harmonious relationship that had existed over the years. Among the delegates that accompanied the traditional ruler were Hon Ifeanyi Samuel Onuigbo, (member Federal House of Representatives), Mr. Matthew Ifenkwe, (President General of Oboro Clan Welfare Association) and Chief Mrs Ann Nwagwu, (a.k.aAdaOboro). The Executive Secretary (ARCN) in his response, commended the traditional rulers and the roles played in ensuring security and peace in Umudike and its environs. He applauded the hospitality of the donor communities towards their visitors and affirmed the Council's commitment to the development of each Research Institute, NRCRI Umudike inclusive. He further said that he had listened to their concern; and promised that one of the major criteria to be used for the forthcoming appointment in the institutes would be the assessment of the ability of the person applying for the Executive Director to relate very well with the host Community. He then urged Mr Matthew Ifenkwe, the President General of Oboro Clan Welfare Association, to do all within his power to intervene to ensure the understanding between the Host CommunitiesandtheInstitute. 7 NEWS DELEGATION OF TRADITIONAL RULERS' OF LAND OWNERS COMMUNITIES IN UMUDIKE VISITS ARCN th th From the left (4 ) Prof. G. H. Sharubutu mni, ES ARCN, (5 ) HRH Eze Ben Oriaku, Dike 1 of th Umudike, (6 ) Hon. Ifeanyi Samuel Onuigbo. website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  8. 8. The Acting Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike, Dr Godwin Asumugha made this statement at the 2022 Annual Research Review th th and Planning workshop held from 13 – 14 July 2022 at the institute headquarters, Umudike, Abia State. The objective of the workshop was to report progresses made from research activities in the year 2021 and plan for the year 2022.Welcoming stakeholders from the entire south east agro-political zone and beyond, the Ag. Executive Director stated that the theme of the year's Research Review and Planning workshop “Up-scaling research on Root and Tuber Crops for Enhanced Food Security and economic Empowerment” was timely and apt; aimed at addressing the extant policy direction of the government as encapsulated in the National Development Plan (2021-2025) and going forward. The National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy (2022–2027), has reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari Administration's commitments to deploy knowledge, technology, innovative and global best practices to integrate the economic diversification process by revamping research, training, extension, improved access to inputs, technology and markets to revitalize agricultural production and processing in a manner that would create job opportunities and increase exportrevenue. The Institute in collaboration with IITA, Ibadan and other International Agencies, will continue to contribute to National Food Security and sufficiency through research and extension activities on root and tuber crops in line with her mandate on research into the genetic improvement, production, processing, storage, utilization and socio-economics of root and tubercrops of economicimportance,hesaid. While commending the management and staff of the institute for striving towards actualizing the institute's mandates through its various research and development activities in the year under review, he further emphasized that the research results of the National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike has led to significant increases in production, farm size, productivity, processing and utilization of root and tuber crops in Nigeria. The Institute has also facilitated the rapid popularization and spread of its Research/Developmental activities by training along the value chain for root and tuber crops using the rural empowerment concept.As a result, Nigeria has continued to be ranked first in the world production of cassava, yam and cocoyam with total annual productions of over 60, 40 and 4 million metric tonnes for cassava, yam and cocoyam, respectively. Within the year under review, the Institute has continued to engage in genetic improvement, promotion and dissemination of improved varieties of root and tuber crops and its value-added products. To develop and strengthen the seed system of root and tuber crops in the country, the Institute has created a community of seed entrepreneurs in cassava value chain and decentralised vine multipliers in sweet potato value chaininSouth-EastNigeria. Further more, he briefly stated the achievement of the institute thus: the institute produced the very first set of certified cassava stem cuttings as seed for distribution to farmers in collaboration with IITA under the BASIC I Project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Institute has developed and produced breeder seed of yam using theaeroponicssysteminpartnershipwithIITA. This is being disseminated by Commercial Seed Producers. 8 NEWS “I will continue to support and provide conducive environment for Research activities designed to make NRCRI a Research Centre of Global repute and standard'' - Dr Godwin Asumugha, FASN. Dr Godwin Asumugha, Ag. Executive Director, NRCRI, Umudike website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  9. 9. 9 NEWS In 2020, the Nigeria's National Crops Release Committee approved the release from NRCRI of 5 new improved cassava varieties and 2 yam varieties in 2021. Recently, three newly cassava varieties were released: Gamechanger (TMS13F1160P0004), Poundable (TMEB693) and Baba 70 (TMS- IBA000070); One yam (TDr1100497) were released and registered. These new cassava varieties meet the demands of Farmers, Processors and other Consumers. These cassava varieties are high-yielding (28- 40t/ha), pests and disease resistance, high dry matter content (35-40%), drought tolerant, maturity period of 9-12months and have the right colour and mealy texture when prepared as meals. NRCRI through its Seed Company, Umudike Seeds is operating under BASICS-II Project to link our modernised Cassava Breeding Programme with the Early GenerationSeed Company to multiply Breeder and Foundation Seeds for Cassava Seed Entrepreneurs to produce Certified seeds for farmers in Southeast, Southsouth and elsewhere. Two Ginger varieties (UMUGIN 1 and UMUGIN 2) were equally registered during this period. The Institute has resuscitated its Adopted Villages and Schools Outreach Programmes in collaboration with AgriculturalResearchCouncilof Nigeria(ARCN). Potato (Irish) production in Nigeria has increased from 523,000 metric tonnes in 1975 to over 1 million metric tonnes. Production has also expanded from Jos Plateau to Sokoto, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno states where potato is produced under irrigation during the harmattan months(NovembertoFebruary). The true potato seed (botanical seed) developed by the Institute has become popular among potato farmers instead of the traditional seed tubers for seed potato production. Effort is on course to combat the recent outbreak of late blight and bacterial wilt of potatoinPlateauStateandthecocoyamleafblight. The Ag. Executive Director thanked the Staff of the Institute for the massive support given to him to move the Institute forward and the peace that returned within the short period of his assumption of office. In his Goodwill message, the Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Professor Garba Hamidu Sharubutu mni represented by his Technical Adviser (Plant Resources) Dr Umar UmarcongratulatedtheInstituteforhostingthis important event and expressed satisfaction that peace has return to the institute following incessant crises bedevilingtheinstituteinthepastfewmonths. He urged the institute, particularly the Acting Executive Director, to place emphasis on developing and fostering good relationship between management and staff and between stakeholders particularly the traditional institutions hosting the institute. He further emphasized that, for Nigeria to achieve food security, root crops hold the key and that is why NRCRI occupies a prominent position for Nigeria to achieve food security and alleviate poverty intheland. The keynote Address was delivered by Professor Anthony Onoja President of Agricultural Policy , Research Network of Nigeria (APRNet), and of University of Port Harcourt titled, “Upscaling research on root and tuber crops for enhanced food securityandeconomicempowerment”. Dr. Umar Umar Abdulahi Technical Adviser Plant Resources to Executive Secretary website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  10. 10. NEWS 10 “I AM COMMITTED TOWARDS BOOSTING THE DIGITAL CAPACITY OF THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF NIGERIA” The event attracted cream of stakeholders including the Academia, Farmers, NGOs, Input Dealers, ADPs in the zone, NAERLS, NASC, Traditional Rulers from the host communities, The Local Government Chairman, past Executive Directors and Directors of the Institute. The Workshop was declared open by The Abia State Governor, His Excellency, Dr Victor Okezie Ikpeazu represented by the State Commissioner of Agriculture, Prof Mgboji. It featured exhibitions of technologies developed by theInstitute. This statement is attributed to The Executive Secretary, Professor Garba Hamidu Sharubutu mni during his visit to the Data Centre of Galaxy Backbone (GBB) office at Abuja. GBB is the Nigeria's digital infrastructure and shared services provider, charged with the responsibility to develop and implement a National network and data infrastructure platform for public and private institutions. He was received by the Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone, Professor Abubakar MuhammadBello. Professor Sharubutu further expressed the Council's optimism to partner with GBB towards providing fundamental Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructures to the Council and Institutions under the purview of ARCN for easy coordination, supervision and regulation of Agricultural Research, Training and Extension in the entireNARS. That visit culminated in the selection ofARCN as one of the eight agencies in the country to benefit from the first batch of intervention project being implemented by the Federal Government through Galaxy Backbone (GBB), a Government approved Information Technology (IT) service provider under the National Information and Technology DevelopmentAgency (NITDA), overseen by Federal Ministryof CommunicationandDigitalEconomy. The intervention project is aimed at boosting the digital capacity of Ministries Agencies and Departments (MDAs) came at the right time and in consonant with the zeal and aspiration of the Executive Secretary to Digitally Transform the activities of the Council for global best practice in Agricultural Research, Training and Extension in the Country. Accordingly, the implementation team from GBB on the said project has already commenced work with a survey on the ICT infrastructural requirements and were fully mobilizedtositesincemid-April,2022. The intervention according to the SpecialAdviser on ICTinfrastructure to the MD-GBB, Dr Umar who led the team to the Executive Secretary, ARCN said it was geared towards providing Local Area Network (LAN) and Wireless Connectivity with backup power on all networking devices. These, he added, would beachievedthroughthefollowing: a) Provision of Two Hundred and Thirty-Five (235) Local Area Network (LAN) points in all the offices, Conference Halls and Board room in the Old- Building. Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu mni Executive Secretary ARCN website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  11. 11. NEWS 11 b) Trucking with Internet Cables all LAN connecting points in all the offices, Conference Halls and Board roomintheOld-Building. c) Provision of Twenty-Five (25) wireless Access Points in both the old-building (17 points) and Abdullahi Adamu Communication Centre (8 points). d) Provision and installation of Six (6) number 14U- Racks on each floor and wing of the old-building thatistwo(2)perfloor andone(1) perwing. e) Provision of power backup solution 24/7 (solar batteries and 20 solar panels) for all active devices suchas sever) f) Up-linking the old-building server facilities to the Abdullahi Adamu Communication Centre using FibreOpticCables. It is, however, important to note that as at the time of reporting, the level of execution of the project was at SeventyPercent(70%) completion. In a similar development, the e-library software and personnel record e-platform development and installation awarded by the Executive Secretary have been fully deployed to the Council. The newly established ARCN e-Library and Documentation Centre has been digitalized and resources now accessibleonline. TH 13 MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM MEETING (#MDT13) HELD BETWEEN TH TH MARCH 15 TO 17 , 2022 AT NICON HILTON HOTEL, ABUJA Theme: Joining Efforts to build Resilient Agri-food System in West Africa and Sahel The regional meeting was declared open by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar. Addressing the participants, the Honourable Minister th highlighted the key recommendations of the 12 th Multi-disciplinary Team Meeting (12 SFW-MDT). th He further reaffirmed that the 13 SFW-MDT meeting should be interactive in line with the FAO's Strategic Framework for the next decade which he said seeks to support the 2030 Agenda through the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Agri-food Systems for the “four Bs” Better production, Better nutrition, Better environment and Better life, leaving no one behind. th He said that 13 multi disciplinary team meeting organized by the sub regional office for westAfrica of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations was aimed at assessing the cause of violent Agri-food System and promoting strategies and joint efforts in West Africa and Sahel respectively. Among the objectives of the meeting was to reinforce cohesion for enhanced collaboration and mutual accountability in driving actions toward a resilient Agri food System in West Africa and Sahel. The specific aims of the MDT13 meeting were to review: the Compendium of Member States on the scope of the new FAO Strategic Framework in response to nationalprioritiesandtheSDGS; theImplementation of FAOSFW's Priority Framework (2020-2025); the Biennial Priorities of the FAO member states and the Regional Economic Communities; the Progress in Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  12. 12. 12 NEWS th the recommendations of the 12 Multi-disciplinary st Team meeting and of the 31 FAO Regional Conference for Africa; and also the Preparation for nd the 32 Regional Conference planned in April 2022, as well as the rollout of FAO Corporate Initiatives in the sub-region. The meeting further deliberated on the current food and nutrition situation in the subregion and its determinants, as well as on the needs and requirements of the member states and key partner institutions to mitigate the situation. The meeting also served as an opportunity to reinforce cohesion for enhanced collaboration, joint planning and mutual accountability in driving actions towards a resilient Agri food Systems in West Africa and Sahel. The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Mathias Schemale delivered a welcome address by reiterating the need for the participants to deliberate on the current food and nutrition situation in the sub-region and its determinant priority areas adopted at the end of the meeting.The meeting was in hybrid format and attended by a large number of participants from sub- regional teams composed of the sub-regional coordinator, FAO representatives from 15 ECOWAS member countries, sub-regional technical offices and emergency centres for trans-boundary animal diseases among others. It was also attended by Executive Secretary ofARCN, the Directors from the Ministry ofAgriculture and other heads ofAgencies. At the end of the meeting the committee identified key priority areas which include Fisheries and aquaculture, livestock, crops and processing climate changewereunanimouslyadopted. AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF NIGERIA (ARCN) COLLABORATES WITH CENTRE FOR FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH (CEFTER) BENUE STATE UNIVERSITY TOWARDS INCLUSION OF AFRICAN INDIGENOUS FOODS IN THE GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS. The recent events around the world have made it crystal clear that Africa, particularly Nigeria, must produce its own food to feed its teaming population. Many of these African Indigenous Foods are neglected and under utilized because they received little or no research attention and development; even though they can play crucial roles in the food security, nutrition, and income generation to the rural poor. It is on this premise that the ARCN is partnering with the Centre for Food Technology and Research (CEFTER) in Benue State University, nd Makurdi in the planned 2 Edition of the West and Central Africa Post-Harvest Congress and Exhibition slated for NICON-LUXURY Hotel, th nd Abuja from 28 November to 2 December, 2022. The congress and exhibition with the Central Planning Committee chaired by Professor Garba Hamidu Sharubutu, Executive Secretary, ARCN is generally aimed at opening an effective roadmap for the actualization of Upscaling and Promotion of African Indigenous Foods for inclusion into food system. These will no doubt provide enormous benefits for food security, livelihood of our farmers and significant medicinal values that had been neglectedresearch-wise. The Theme of the Congress and Exhibition is “Upscaling and Promotion of African's Indigenous Foods (AIF) to Global Standard through Effective Research in Production, Processing, Storage, Nutrition, Food Safety and Utilization. The Sub- themes of the Congress and Exhibition includes: Challenges and opportunities in the production of African Indigenous foods; Storage and packaging technologies for African indigenous foods; Bring African Indigenous foods to the global table using innovative processing approaches; Strengthening the medicinal and nutritional benefits of African indigenous foods to promote public health; Safety and quality standard issues in promoting African indigenous foods; and the role of market information system in promoting the utilization of African indigenousfoods. The participants which will be drawn from relevant stakeholdersintheentirewestandcentralAfricaare expected to demonstrate their expertise for the developmentofedge-cuttingresearchthatwould website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  13. 13. NEWS 13 open effective road-map for the actualisation to upscale and promote African Indigenous Foods for inclusion into food systems.The Council had already mandated every NARI/FCA to key into this venture to identify and sample at least threeAfrican Indigenous Foods within your agro-ecological zone and determine their nutritional composition, accessibility, utilization, and economic value and develop researchable topics that can promote them for inclusion to food system. These steps according to Council's management would reduce hunger, malnutrition and dietary challenges in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration and Sustainable Development Goals. Accordingly, the output of the collaboration is expected to Improve genetic composition, rapid propagation and yield of African indigenous Foods; Improved post-harvest handling techniques of these foods; Identification of the medicinal benefits and other uses of these foods; and also Develop effective advocacy in the dissemination of various research outputs and marketing the developed products nationally, regionallyandglobally. PROFESSOR GARBA HAMIDU SHARUBUTU mni APPOINTED CO-CHAIR FOR THE TH 16 SYSTEM COUNCIL OF CONSULTATIVE GROUP OF INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH (CGIAR) Nigeria through the Executive Secretary, ARCN, Professor Garba Hamidu Sharubutu is a voting member of Sub-SaharanAfrica Constituency on the System Council of Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Pursuant to Article 5.2 of the CGIAR System Council, the Executive Secretary was appointed as th the Co-Chair for the 16 System Council meeting th heldon 20 July,2022. have the necessary formal authorities. The System Board Chair set out a planned way forward for the innovative proposal titled 'Accelerating Crop Improvement Through Genome Editing', highlighting the important research questions proposed in the proposal, and the independent counsel received from the externally moderated review of its contents. There was recognition that learning was important, for CGIAR as it moves to Participants at the one-day intercessional virtual of Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research were drawn from different parts of the globe including Australia, Germany & Belgium, Canada, East Asia & Pacific, European Commission, Japan, Latin America and Caribbean, Mexico, The Netherland, Norway, Sub-Sahara Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, United States, West Asia & North Africa. Other participants were African Development Bank, Bill & Melinda Gate foundationandTheWorldBank,etc. The aim of the meeting was to deliberate on a profound global shift in the world's policies, systems and practices that would address the global food system and the evolving food price crisis. website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja Chairman, (CGIAR) and Co-Chair Prof Garba Hamidu Sharubutu at the 16th System Council of CGIAR Members of CGIAR during the 16th System Council Meeting
  14. 14. NEWS 14 In his opening remark the Co-Chair of the meeting Professor Garba, Hamidu Sharubutu, mni, a voting member from the Sub-Saharan Africa constituency, stated the need for a systemic and coordinated approach that transcends any one commodity, region or discipline – while recognizing that the impacts and issues in each country were specific, as well as interlinked. CGIAR's Managing Director, Research Delivery & Impact (and EMT convener) and its three Global Science Directors presented an unequivocal reminder of the critical importance for the world that CGIAR's response be united in the face of unprecedented pressures on the food, land and water systems. System Council members expressed their appreciation for the high quality of CGIAR data and analysis in supporting decision- making in their own institutions, constituencies, and global partnerships – underlining the vital need to ensure that such standing capacity is built and sustained in readiness for the next inevitable global shock. The System Board Chair and the EMT gave a comprehensive update on progress towards operating as One CGIAR. Several System Council members re-affirmed that the effective delivery of the transition must remain a key focus – as an enabler and not a substitute for deploying CGIAR's global, regional, and local scientific capacity. Emphasis was again made on ensuring the Global Science Group Directors deliver the prospectus of interconnected Initiatives and Impact Area Platforms. The following actions were agreed by the System CouncilSC/M16/AP1 Intercessional engagement building on deliberations during SC16 on CGIAR's response to the global food crisis and on the transition to One CGIAR, theSystemCouncilnotedthat: i. A proposal will be prepared, by end-September 2022, or earlier if possible, for System Council review and input on a possible financing mechanism to enable additional contributions to support CGIAR's response totheglobalfood crisis; ii.An ad-hoc System Council call will be scheduled in September 2022 to provide the opportunity for more in-depth exploration of and input to CGIAR's integrated matrix structure.Taking forward research th from the 6 Genetic Innovation Initiative The Executive Management Team will prepare and share with the System Council, by the end of September 2022, or earlier if possible, a memorandum setting out the planned approach to ensuring that research on “Accelerating Crop Improvement Through Genome Editing” can be taken forward on an interim basis through appropriate funding arrangements and under the overall management of CGIAR's Global Science Group Directors ARCN PARTICIPATES AT THE WEST AFRICA AGROFAIR 2022 ARCN Stand at the West Africa AGROFAIR 2022 With Staff Attending To Stakeholders website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  15. 15. 15 NEWS The Agro-fair 2022 with the theme “Promoting Sustainable Economic Development Through Mechanized Agriculture” took place at the Abuja Trade and Convention Centre, km 8, Airport Road, th th Abuja from 27 – 29 July, 2022. It was jointly organized byAFRINEX WestAfrica Limited, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry(ACCI), All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), TATA International (The Exclusive Dealer of John Deere in Nigeria) in collaboration with Abuja Trade Centre (ATC), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and other private and public sector organizations. According to the chairman Organizing Committee of the West Africa Agrofair 2022, Dr Johnson S.Anene, the main focus of the event was to promote agriculture as an alternative to crude oil in the nation's revenue generation as well as provide the farmers with a platformforwealthcreation. The event which was well attended was graced with the presence of two serving Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the persons of Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar (the Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry ofAgriculture and Rural Development) and Hon. Mohammed Musa Bello (Hon. Minister, Federal Capital Territory) ably represented by Hon. Agboola Dabiri, FCT Secretary for Economic Planning and Revenue Generation. Also, the Honourable Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr (Sen.) A. Olorunnimbe Mamora was not physically present but sent in his goodwill message. The Hon. Minister FMARD, Dr Mohammed Mohmood Abubakar in his keynote address commended the organizers of the event and while emphasizing the need for mechanization of agriculture to ensure food security, job creation and economic growth called for greater cooperation between the private sector and the government. He later led other dignitaries, participants and visitors to inspect the exhibition booths before taking his leave. Apart from exhibitions, the event also featured a plenary segment where presentations were made and discussions held by various participants to give insight into modern trends in agriculture as well as global agricultural markets with opportunities for long term business partnerships. ARCN exhibited some published materials obtained from research institutes as well as some extension bulletins, newsletters and journals published by the Council. Those who visited the ARCN boot and registered theirnameswere givensome extensionbulletinsthat could help them to solve some agricultural productionor processingproblems. NIGERIA AS THE LARGEST PRODUCER OF CASSAVA HAS LOST OUT IN EXPLOITING THE GLOBAL MARKET'- Prof. Sharubutu Executive Secretary, Prof G.H. Sharubutu mni, (2nd right), making presentation for O I C member States in Doha , Qatar. This statement was attributed to the Executive Secretary ARCN, Prof. Garba, Hamidu Sharubutu mni presentation at the Forum for Development of Strategic Agricultural Commodities in the IOC th th Member States in Doha (Qatar) on 14 -16 February, 2022. Presenting his paper titled, 'Exploiting Global Markets for Cassava. Problems, Challenges and Solution', Sharubutu highlighted the importance of cassava as being one of the world's carbohydrate and calorie crops. He gave the annual global production to the tune of 302. 6 million tons in 2020, the average yield to 10.7 tonnesperhectarein2020 andthatcassava website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  16. 16. 16 NEWS production rose globally to 5.7% between 2016- 2020. He further stated that Nigeria was the largest producer of cassava in the world with an estimate of 60 million metric tonnes production in 2020 and production rates grown to 3% per year over the last 10 years (FAO 2020,2021). Cassava is a food security crop in Nigeria, industrial demand account for a small fraction of total cassava output mainly high-quality cassava flour (HGCF) and starch. Up to the 90's there were no commercial involvement in cassavaproduction. He used a map and table to demonstrate Nigerian growing belt and her cassava production, areas and yields from 2011–2022. He noted that between 2004 and 2005, Nigeria lost its cassava value due to the glut. Nevertheless, the ES enumerated the problems militating cassava production in Nigeria to include and not limited to value addition to the products, processing facilities, qualities control, storage, transportation to the points of export (inland water ways, rails road networks and high local consumption). He further stated the challenges of cassava sectors in Nigeria as Fluctuating prices of roots; High cost of land clearing; Unavailability of mechanized equipment for cassava cultivation; Unavailability of improved planting materials; Inadequate security in the rural areas; High cost of energy (diesel) for processing in the absence of stable electricity; Poor road infrastructure; Custom and other Agencies bottleneck at the port; Multiple standard organization limiting local production; Low adoption of improved technologies; and Inability to meet standard despite the problems and challenges listedabove, Prof Sharubutu (9th right, second raw) with the O I C member States in Doha, Qatar. Sharubutu presented various intervention strategies Nigerian government has applied to boost cassava productiongrowthinthecountrywhichincludes: 1.Presidential initiatives for root and tuber expansion program (RETAP) which began in 2004 with the followingobjectives a. To ensure the availability of timely and high-quality cassavainputsandplantingmaterialsforusebyfarmers b.Stimulates domestic production and multiplication of improved cassava planting materials for cultivation across5geopoliticalzonesin Nigeria c. Promote adoption and the use of improved production andprocessingtechnologies. d. Establishment of rural cottage processing centres in collaborationwithStates e. Collaboration with relevant stakeholders to achieve the objectivesandgoalsoftheactivitiesinthevaluechain. 2. Presidential initiatives led to the implementation of the certainpoliciesas I.Policy on mandatory substitutions of 10%wheat four with high quality cassava flour in the baking industriestoreducehugewheatimportbill ii.Promotion of cassava bread and other recopies fromcassava iii. Policy on lending of 10% Ethanol in fuel. The Nigerian government as part of commitment to the 2000 Kyotaagreement iv. Private investment in processing of cassava productswereencouraged website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  17. 17. 17 NEWS v. The policy targets China for export of cassava flour and starch though there is glut in China which led to the wastage of most cassava produced. 3.Institutional frame work for development of cassava value chain such as Financial and Regulatory Institutions includes Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); Bank of Agriculture (BOA); Nigerian Export Import bank (NEXIM); Bank of Industry (BOI); Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agencies of Nigeria; Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC); Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC); and StandardOrganizationofNigeria(SON); 4.ResearchforDevelopmentfor cassava 5.Improved cassava varieties developed and released 6.New technologies were developed by NSPIR and NCAM 7.Private sector involvement in cassava processing inNigeria 8.Upgradingof cassavaprocessinginNigeria However, the Executive Secretary mentioned some of the desired areas of intervention in Nigeria such as Private and Foreign direct investment in the sector; Intervention for Research and capacity building; laboratory Equipment; Gene bank and Tissue Quality control facilities; Assisting the government in fighting insurgency; and Youth Culture development facilities; empowerment in some of theareasexperiencingconflicts. He then named the targeted markets which include Countries within the continents of Africa (Togo, Benin, Niger Republic, etc.), Asia (China, etc) and UnitedStates. The Nigerian Stored Produce Research Institute th (NSPRI) Ilorin onThursday 11 ofAugust, 2022 was awarded a certificate of Accreditation by the Nigerian National Accreditation System (NiNAS). Receiving the certificate on behalf of the Institute, the Hon. Minister of State, for Agriculture Alh. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, commended the Executive Secretary, ARCN for effectively coordinating the activities of Research Institutes and Federal Colleges of Agriculture under the Council's purview and further appreciates the Executive Director, NSPRI for herefforttowardsachievingthiscertification. Represented by the Director of Agricultural Lands and Climate Change Services Engr. Shehu Tijjani Bello, the Hon. Minister further reiterated the fact that post-harvest losses are something that calls for concern in order to ensure food security while also acknowledging that poor management of farm producecouldbecolossalifnotproperlymanaged. The Executive Secretary, Professor Garba Hamidu Sharubutu mni in his response applauded NSPRI management for coming out tops in the entire process which according to him, is a thing of honour to have considered the Hon Minister of State more qualified to receive the award on behalf of the Institute. In her speech, the Executive Director NSPRI, Dr Patricia Pessu expressed delight and gratitude for coming to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to receive the award, stating that the certification will bring about credible and acceptable results as well as contribute to food safety and quality inNigeriaandbeyond. HONOURABLE MINISTER OF STATE RECEIVED CERTIFICATE OF AWARD FOR NIGERIAN STORED PRODUCT RESEARCH INSTITUTE (NSPRI) FROM NIGERIAN NATIONAL ACCREDITATION SYSTEM (NiNAS) website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja Executive Secretary, ARCN Prof G. H. Sharubutu consulting with the President of O I C in Doha , Qatar.
  18. 18. 18 Prof Garba Hamidu Sharubutu, mni, the Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria. A specialist in Infectious Diseases of Livestock and veterinary legislation. A Native of Kwande, Qua'an – Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State, Garba Sharubutu was born on June 19, 1961. Hamidu Sharubutu obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) degree from Ahmadu Bello University (A.B.U), Zaria in 1986; a Masters of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc) degree from University of Ibadan in 1992; and a Ph.D. from Usman Dan Fodiyo University Sokoto in 2002. Prof. Sharubutu began his public service career in the Federal Livestock Department that same year (1987), subsequently joining the services of Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University as Assistant Lecturer in 1991 and rose to the rank of a Professor in 2005. He h e l d n u m e r o u s p o s i t i o n s including Complex Co-ordinator of City Campus Complex of the University; Chairman, ASUU UDUS branch; Dean Faculty of Veterinary medicine; and Chairman of many sensitive UniversityCommittees. He has earned numerous awards including the Presidential National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Honours in 1987 and nurtured many talents across the agricultural research sector. A seasoned professional, he is no n o v i c e i n t h e a c a d e m i c , administrative and managerial sphere,andheiswellpublished. Prior to his appointment as the th Executive Secretary on 16 April, 2020, he acted in that position between September 2019 – April, 2020. Prof. Sharubutu has also held several positions in the public sector including: National President, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (2005 - 2009); President of Veterinary Council of Nigeria (2013 - 2017); Provost, Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Vom (2014 - 2018). An alumni of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, where he also served as the Monitor General of SEC 35, 2013. WHO IS PROFESSOR SHARUBUTU mni Vision of ARCN Mission of ARCN To reduce poverty and increase food security by contributing to the establishment of substainable agricultural growth and development in Nigeria. To achieve significant improvement in agricultural productivity, marketing & competitiveness by generating appropriate technologies and policy options, promoting innovation, establishing a knowledge management capacity and strengthening the agricultural research system Editorial Crew Nuhu Yusuf Head of Department Knowledge Management and Communication Chairman/Editor Asst. Editors Jemimah R. Shelleng Asst. Director Information Stella. C. Nwokocha Principal Information Officer Graphics Paul Iyaji Asst. Chief Programmer Correspondences Knowledge Management -Nodal Officers Editorial Consultant Prof. Bello Zaki Abubakar Director, Agric Extension & Socio-Economics attached to Departments and ES - Office A A AR R RC C CN N N EWSLETTER EWSLETTER EWSLETTER Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu mni Executive Secretary ARCN website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  19. 19. 19 NEWS th th On the 12 and 13 of October 2022, the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and the House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions visited Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) concurrently, for an oversight task as part of their statutory exercises to ascertain whether the budgeted funds releases by the Federal Government were adequately utilized. The two Committees of the National Assembly conducted the activities concurrently at the Council's AuditoriumandBoardroom,respectively. The various Committees were led by the Chairmen, Distinguished Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi north senatorial district) and Hon. Munir Babba Dan'agundi (Kano State), respectively.The members of the delegation comprised Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Danbaba (Sokoto south senatorial district), Sen.Adenegba Francis (Osun east sen. dist) Sen. Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi central sen. dist) Sen. Chukwuma Frank Ibezim (Imo north Sen. dist) Sam Egwu Ebonyi north sen. dist) Adamu Muhamed Bukachir ( Bauchi north sen. dist.) Sen. and Sen. (Dr) Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, (Niger north sen. dist), Senator Ishaka Agbo, (Adamawa north sen. dist.) Hon. Burka Ganaka, Deputy Chairman (Borno State), Hon. Rimande shawul (Taraba State), Hon. Shehu Ahmed (Zamfara State), Hon. Dr. Henry Ajibo (Akwa-ibom State), Shehu Garba, Sarkin Noma (kaduna state), Hon. Ajili Zoro (Ife Constiuency), Hon. Julius (Delta State) and Hon. Mike Taba (Cross River State). Others present include: the invited Chief Executive Officers of the various Institutions and Agencies under the purview of Federal Ministry Agriculture as well as ARCN ManagementStaff. According to the respective Committee Chairmen, the visit to Council, NARIs and FCAs viaARCN was aimed at confirming whether the 2020/2021 budgeted funds were released and adequately utilized by the Institutions and Agencies. Thereafter observations, comments and questions would be askedby theCommittees. In his presentation, the Executive Secretary Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu mni, welcomed the visitors to the Council and then briefly highlighted the achievements and projects that were implemented 2020/2021 capital releases. He cited the completed projects/programmes such as strengthening of Agricultural Research Outreach Centres and Adopted Villages (AROCs) Nation- wide projects, establishment of new AROC centres in the South-East, North Central and South-South regions where such were obviously absent in the past, conducting of training of personnel especially women,youthandphysicallychallengedinvarious constituencies,ImprovedCoordinationof National OVERSIGHT FUNCTION OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES AND INSTITUTIONS TO ARCN HEADQUATERS, MABUSHI Chairman (center) and Members of the House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Allied Institutions During Oversight Function to ARCN website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja
  20. 20. 20 “......today’s research is tomorrow’s wealth” Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, Agricultural Research House Plot 223D Cadastral Zone B6, Mabushi P.M.B. 5026, Wuse - Abuja info@arcn.gov.ng www.arcn.gov.ng E-mail: Website: Agricultural Research System (NARS). He also made mention of the Council's consistent and sustainable publication of ARCN Journals of AppliedAgricultural Research since 2019 as well as the already made application of indexing of the Journal to attain international standard, the establishment of ARCN Museum, Radio/TV Stations under the communication system projects, the National e-library and documentation centre project with over 1000 e-book on its portal, the on- going construction of the approved 5 storey Administrative Building and the provision of competitive Agricultural Research Grant Schemes (CARGS), to mention but a few. He however, emphasized on the challenges of the Council which centred on inadequate budgetary allocation for capacity building, monitoring and evaluation from the2022 approvedbudgetappropriation. At the end of the Executive Secretary's presentation, observations, questions and comments were raised by the Committees which include institutional reform and the need for manpower development within the NARS, as well as advised the Council to develop its capacity to equal the Agricultural Research Institutes and Colleges for improved coordination. Similarly, the Chief Executives of the following Institutions; NAIC, NASC, NVM, BOA, NAQS, NISS-Abuja, FUAZ, NCRI-Badeggi, IAR-Zaria, NIFFR- New Bussa, NCAM-Ilorin, NSPRI-Ilorin, FCFFT-New Bussa, FCFFT-Baga, NAPIR-Zaria, NAERLS-Zaria, FCAPT-Kano, FCAHPT-Vom, LCRI-Maiduguri and FECOLART-Kuru, made brief presentations on the 2020/2021 budget performances, achievements and project. They also entertained some questions respectively. The Committee members were taken round the Council for inspection of both the completed and on-going projects. A A AR R RC C CN N N EWSLETTER EWSLETTER EWSLETTER Cross Section of Distinguish Chairman (center) and Members of Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development SCAN HERE FOR MORE ARCN ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMMES website: www.arcn.gov.ng info@arcn.gov.ng Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria, @ArcnAbuja

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