Agencies Collaborate to Boost Agricultural Research and Food Security — Features — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
Over 100 hectares of land is to be cultivated by Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, for agricultural research and demonstration following the collaboration the university has entered into with the Authority National Agricultural Land Development Agency (NALDA).
University spokesperson Ms Adanma Odefa told the Guardian yesterday that the development was the result of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which the two federal institutions signed at NALDA headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday less one year after the vice-chancellor of MOUAU. , Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, took office.
She revealed that Iwe, who expressed satisfaction with the MoU, recalled that he had, upon his inauguration as 6th Vice-Chancellor, announced that he would take the necessary steps to actualize the will of the federal government to achieve food secure status given the various advantages inherent in the economy.
The spokesperson revealed that the VC was initially clearing and using at least 50 hectares of land to affect research and demonstrate results, but this became difficult due to its capital-intensive nature and the scarcity of funds, adding that he (VC) remained fearless as he continued his search for partners and supporters.
NALDA Executive Secretary Prince Paul Ikonne described the signing of the MoU as a milestone, expressing optimism that the expected successful implementation would have a more positive impact not only on agricultural research , but also on achieving food security, among other benefits for the country.