Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has reinstated its commitment to strengthen its partnership with Sasakawa African Association (SAA) in order to actualise the present administration agenda on food security in Nigeria.
Dr. Mohammed Bello Umar, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, who received the delegates, disclosed that the collaboration between Nigeria and Sasakawa Africa have assisted Nigeria in reducing post-harvest losses among commercial oriented farmers.
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Dr. Umar stated that Sasakawa Africa has done a lot in improving agricultural productivity as well as food security and nutrition by transferring through extension, to commercially oriented small farmers, adding that Sasakawa Africa Association has contributed tremendously in agricultural production in Nigeria through Agricultural Extension and also the MoU signed between Federal Government of Nigeria and Sasakawa Africa in 2013.
He thanked the Sasakawa Africa for their resilience in supporting the setting up selected demonstration project that cut across the entire federation.
He further stated that the Sasakawa effective models aimed at assisting small-scale farmers to improve productivity of selected agricultural commodity value chain has done immensely well in the Agricultural sector in Nigeria.
Osako Katsuhiro, Leader of the Delegation of Sasakawa Africa Association, said that Sasakawa Africa has introduced some of their programme in two Federal Universities of Agriculture in Nigeria, namely; Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta respectively.
He further reiterated their readiness to give technical assistance to the two universities in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has inaugurated Project Delivery Team (PDT) for the commercialisation of vaccine production facility of the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI).
The inauguration was done in line with the livestock transformation agenda and economic diversification of the present administration in the country.
Dr. Mohammed Umar , the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development while inaugurating the team in Abuja, said effort by the team to commercialise vaccine is a welcomed development.
Umar noted that the mandate of the team is to draw up a transactional proposal, consider the legal implication of the transaction and develop terms of reference for a transaction advisor, among others.
He commended the current management of the institute for strengthening the commercialisation process of the vaccine production facility by incorporating a company called Vom Biological Products Limited.
Umar also commended the former Minister, Audu Ogbe, who got the support of Propcom Mai-Karfi, a DFID-funded NGO to fund feasibility study for the commercialisation of the vaccine production facility.
He urged the team to be transparent in the execution of its mandate while following due process and timely delivery
Head of Urban Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Agency, Mr. Busari Olusa, who spoke on behalf of the team, said the PDT members would work to ensure that the project was successfully executed.
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