Executive Director of Agriculture and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) Dr. Olufemi Oladunni, has declared that Nigeria needs research to improve its food production, reduce food shortages and poverty, as well as create jobs for its teeming populace
He was speaking at the opening of a week-long training workshop for agricultural research officers by the Training Institute in Ilorin, Kwara State.
He also revealed that Nigeria’s agricultural research sector loses approximately $100 million every year to its inability to attract grants from local and foreign grant-issuing foundations and organisations.
The ARMTI boss said the institute deemed it necessary to contribute its quota to developing the skills, knowledge and research competence of the nation’s scientists “to make them develop more, better, quality and high-yielding varieties to improve food security in Nigeria.
His words “Some of the commodities, such as crops, livestock, fisheries or even agroforestry, are already being produced in the country, but the quantum of our production is far below international outputs”.
He equally stressed that “Nigeria is not losing anything below 100 million dollars grants every year due to inability to attract both local and foreign grants.