RMRDC partners with IITA to train FCT farmers on Best agronomic practices
To ensure that agricultural products meet international market standards, the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), in collaboration with IITA, held a sensitization workshop for members of the Federation of Agricultural Commodities Association of Nigeria (FACAN) on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 at the RMRDC Conference Room in Abuja.
Beatrice Aighewi, IITA-Abuja Yam Seed System Specialist, gave a presentation on “Good agronomic practices (GAP) to enhance crop productivity in yam”. The FACAN members also received training on safe use of agrochemicals in crop production to achieve export quality grade agricultural produce to meet the Zero Hunger goals of the Federal Government.
In his welcome address, Director General of RMRDC, Professor Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, thanked the participants and IITA for the partnership. He reiterated the Federal Government of Nigeria’s commitment to diversifying the economy and urged all hands to be on deck.
In a related development, the RMRDC is partnering with IITA to undertake a sugar beet trial. The 0.4-hectare trial, which will be utilized as a training platform for Industrial Trainee students, will be replicated for treatment and control to test the viability of the crop in the North-Central agroecological zone.