By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Garba has said that cotton used to be one of the most important fibre crops in Nigeria but the country lost relevance of this crop
He stated this at the 2019 Annual Research Review and Planning Meeting held at the New Twin Conference Hall of IAR/ABU Zaria.
Represented by Prof Ezra Bako Aman’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, he said, with the current renewed focus on agriculture, this glory can be reclaimed and Nigeria can have her fair share in the global cotton industry.
According to him, Nigeria can easily relate with the export opportunities for other crops like maize, groundnut, cowpea, kenaf and sunflower.
He appealed to the Minister of Agriculture to return the mandate to contribute towards the improvement of some horticultural crops to which IAR has relative advantages to handle.
He also charged the ministry to consider mechanism that would make industries fund and support developmental mechanisms research.
The Vice Chancellor used the occasion to appeal to TETFUND to include research institutes in their supporting programmes.