As part of her community service, the Federal University of Technology, Minna, in collaboration with the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Abuja recently distributed varieties of quality seeds worth N2.5 million free to farmers of the University’s immediate host community, Gidan Kwano.
Addressing farmers at Gidan Kwano, the Vice – Chancellor , Prof. Abdullahi Bala fsssn, who praised NASC for the partnership, said universities all over the world have the triple mandate of research, teaching and community service.
“It is important that a university must have positive impact, not only on its immediate community, but it is expected over time that this would also translate to regional, national and international arena,” Prof. Bala said.
Pointing out the need for farmers to use improved and quality seeds, he explained that no matter how much effort is put into farming, in the end, the productivity is likely to be limited by the quality of seeds available for use, adding that the Nigerian government over the years, has placed emphasis on availability of fertilizer with little attention to high quality seeds.
“It is based on this that we are reaching out to our immediate host community, Gidan Kwano, to educate and expose them to the available technologies and on how such can be utilized to improve on the productivity per unit of farm land.We are not only going to distribute to farmers but also demonstrate to them planting and spacing of crops as well as conducting technology evaluation to know their performance,” the Vice-Chancellor further stated.
The Head of Department of Horticulture, FUT Minna and Principal Investigator of adopted programme on Quality Seeds Extension Dr. Haruna Ibrahim earlier pointed out that among other gains of quality seeds is exposing farmers to the advantage of cultivating crops with quality seeds from certified vendors and
the need to maximize land use for farming
in the face of the dwindling arable land.
The quality seeds grant from NASC was attracted to the University by Dr. Haruna Ibrahim.