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A new approach to diversification

A new approach to diversification

Agriculture intervention

Agriculture intervention

James .O. Apochi, PhD.

Has been confirmed as the National Project Coordinator of WAAPP-Nigeria. The Management and Staff of the Project and ARCN congratulate Dr. James Ocheme Apochi on his appointment..

The University of Ibadan (UI) has expressed the desire to cue into the programme of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP). The Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan, Prof. E. A. Iyayi expressed this aspiration on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of the University in Ibadan while welcoming the National Project Coordinator of WAAPP, Prof. Damian O. Chikwendu to the University.

Prof. Iyayi who lauded WAAPP for the impact it is making in other Universities said he was particularly happy with the visit as it will pave way for the participation of UI in the WAAPP.  The University of Ibadan, he enthused, has all it takes to deliver services in areas of aquaculture, poultry, animal husbandry and in crop production. The University Fish farm, for instance, he noted is well positioned to deliver dividends in aquaculture research while essential infrastructure are also on ground to support research and production activities in the animal sciences. He therefore requested the National Project Coordinator to do everything in his power to bring the University on board the WAAPP Plan.

Prof. Iyayi also extoled WAAPP for the initiative of taking the Shika Brown, an indigenous specie of chicken released by NAPRI, Zaria in year 2,000 off-the-shelf. He noted that the Shika Brown technology remains the most significant technology ever to be released in animal science in Nigeria but has remained largely on the shelf due to lack of funds and should be given its deserved prominence. The University, he hinted will be very keen on promoting the Shika Brown technology if the collaboration with WAAPP materialise.

Earlier, the National Project Coordinator, WAAPP, Prof. Chikwendu had announced that he was in the University, in a follow up visit that will enable him inspect available facilities and straighten out areas of likely collaboration between his organisation and the Institution. “We are here in the University”, he declared, “to see how we can work with you particularly in areas of aquaculture and in poultry farming as well as in other sphere that may be of interest to you”.

He appreciated the efforts of Prof. Emmanuel Ajani, the Head of Fishery and Aquaculture Management Department of the University who is also the Representative of CORAF/WECARD (Council for Agricultural Research and Development in Central and West Africa) for bringing the impact of the regional body to the University noting that WAAPP-Nigeria’s priority focus in Nigeria include aquaculture, poultry, cassava, maize, and rice among other. WAAPP-Nigeria’s area of mandate from the regional body is however in the area of aquaculture, just like it is Cassava in Ghana, animal husbandry in Niger republic and rice in Mali. WAAPP-Nigeria, he concluded is thus committed to doing anything possible to promote aquaculture.  

The entry of the University of Ibadan into the WAAPP-Nigeria line-up brings to a total of 14, the number of Universities collaborating with WAAPP in the implementation of the regional projects. Other collaborating Institutions include 15 Agricultural Research Institutes, 12 Colleges of Agriculture, 26 state Agricultural Development Programmes (ADPs), scores of Agricultural Innovation Platforms (AIPs) and a host of reputable and highly resourceful Private Investors.

The objective of WAAPP is to improve agricultural productivity in the ECOWAS countries and at the same time encourage integrated development of agricultural research in order to generate innovations and promote their diffusion throughout the sub-region.

 

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