By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Professor Kabir Bala has said that the university would fully engaged in commercial agriculture on its 363 hectares of arable lands next farming season.
Prof. Bala who stated this when he received a delegation from Federal University, Dutsinma (FUDMA) for collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University on Agriculture and Security, stressed that ABU has to set the example as an institution with big agricultural infrastructure.
While reiterating that from next farming season, “we are going to cultivate all ABU farms 100 per cent for commercial purposes, our farms must give us the food we eat. We must set the example”.
Prof. Bala explained that the university would after the end of this year’s farming season, take over all its farm lands allocated to staff and outsiders for farming every year.
The Vice-Chancellor also said that agriculture remains the strength of Ahmadu Bello University which has a huge agric complex comparable to any other in the world, saying researchers at the complex would be encouraged to take up the challenge of ensuring food sufficiency in the country.
Explaining the role the university has been playing in the country’s agricultural development, Prof. Bala recalled that FAO had once recommended the ABU agric model for other countries.
The University, according to him, would arrange a short training programme on commercial farming in South Africa for some researchers from the Agric Complex.
He said the university’s agric researchers must buckle up in their search for more yields, saying that nothing should stop the institution from producing more than 100 bags of produce in a hectare as is the case in many developing nations.