Kano State Government says it will partner with the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA), Bayero University, Kano (BUK), on research and training of farmers to enhance agricultural production.
The State Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Yusuf-Gawuna, stated this in Kano at a ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the centre.
He said that the government was ready to partner with the centre and utilise its research work to boost farming activities in the state.
According to him, the centre has trained 1,500 farmers on different commodity value-chain under the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project.
He also commended the centre for collaborating with Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority to train 129 newly recruited extension workers.
Yusuf-Gawuna said that during the 10 years of existence of the centre, it recorded significant achievements in the areas of teaching, training, research and outreach activities.
“We are highly appreciative of the CDA in this regard and look forward to more collaboration in future,” he said.
He congratulated the centre for the successes achieved and assured the state government’s cooperation and support in that regard.
The Vice-Chancellor, BUK, Prof. Sagir Adamu-Abbas, pledged to support the centre in achieving its mission of addressing development challenges through research, knowledge transfer and training of high quality graduates.
In his remarks, Director of the centre, Prof. Jibrin Muhammed-Jibrin, explained that the centre served as regional training hub for farmers in West and Central Africa.
He said it received support from the World Bank, under the African Centre for Excellence project.
Muhammad-Jibrin explained that the event was organised to honour some members of staff and stakeholders, who contributed immensely to the successes recorded by the centre.