Kano State Government has assured Bayero University, Kano of its readiness to fund agricultural researches and promote the application of innovative technologies and utilisation of research outcomes.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Nasir Gawuna, gave the assurance on Monday while addressing the participants at the opening ceremony of three International Training Workshops at the Centre for Dryland Agriculture, BUK.
The International Training Workshops were on Modelling Organic and Green Agriculture in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture, BUK and Organic Agricultural Project Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria, OAPTIN; the Applications of Remote Sensing and the Geographical Information Systems in Agriculture in partnership with ICRISAT and the Statistics and Data Analysis.
The Workshops will run from July 10 to 22.
Mr Gawuna said the promotion of agricultural development was the topmost priority of Kano State Government.
He noted that the Federal Government has accorded the sector the needed attention in view of its significant contribution in the Nigerian economy.
“We are ready to partner with the Centre for Dryland Agriculture and other stakeholders to fund agricultural researches to address the daunting challenges of unemployment, poverty and food insecurity,” the commissioner assured.
According to him, the State Government had invested so much to improve the sector, especially in view of the current economic challenges facing the country.
“Kano State Government is ever willing to fund researches and promote the application of innovations in all aspects of agriculture in order to facilitate the improvement of productivity and address the challenges of food insecurity” Mr Gawuna said.
He explained that the State Government is committed to partnering with the CDA and other stakeholders in conducting research, training and dissemination of research findings.
Mr Gawuna appreciated the role of the CDA for its foresight in conducting researches and organizing international seminar and workshops, saying it would address challenges of food insecurity not only in Nigeria but Africa.
Participants were drawn from India, Kenya, Ghana, agencies, ministries, research institutes, higher institutions of learning in Nigeria, as well as faculties and departments in BUK.