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FG inaugurates agricultural institute to ensure food sufficiency – The Sun Nigeria

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By Abel Leonard, lafia

The Federal Government, in collaboration with the National Science and Engineering Infrastructure Agency, inaugurated the Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Development Institute, while Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State conducted the ceremonial ceremony. inauguration of the works for its construction.

Speaking on the show at the institute’s premises in Lafia on Monday, NASENI Executive Vice President Mohammed Haruna said sitting AMEDI in Nasarawa was part of the guidelines given to the agency by President Muhammadu Buhari to revive agriculture while ensuring food production and processing using technology.

“This institute is mandated to build on this success and serve as a pilot site for the implementation of the Nigeria-Czech Republic Agreement on Agriculture as endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari for the Presidential Implementation Committee.

“In collaboration with the Czech Republic Technology Agency, NASENI and AMEDI Lafia will research, develop equipment and train ordinary Nigerians and professionals in agriculture, food production, harvesting and post-harvest, processing technologies, food preservation and packaging.It will also transform agricultural waste into renewable energy, among others, added the Executive Vice President of NASENI.

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He added that NASENI has succeeded in developing some relevant equipment and machinery in the food value chain from cultivation, planting, weeding, harvesting, post-harvest and food preservation.

Also speaking, the President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, who was represented by the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs and Development Strategies, Abdullahi Omaki, assured that the current administration will continue to leverage science and technology to boost agriculture. development in the country.

Also speaking, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule commended the federal government for establishing AMEDI, Lafia, adding that the project aims to create wealth and reduce poverty in the country.

Allow me to specially commend the Executive Vice President and General Manager of NASENI, Professor Mohammed Haruna, one of our illustrious sons, for his visionary leadership and for facilitating the establishment of the Machinery and Equipment Development Institute farms in Lafia. This gesture will remain indelible in time. »

“This project aims to transform the agricultural sector into an industrial hub, through job creation, youth empowerment, acquisition of value-added skills,” he said.

“It is relevant to point out that the federal government’s intervention in the design and implementation of this project is based on the conviction that 80% of the world’s economy is based on advanced manufacturing technologies.

“I am happy to state that NASENI has also set up the North Central Skills Development Center in the Keffi Local Government Area of ​​the State. These efforts would be essential to the transformation of our beloved state into a center of business and will undoubtedly deepen the availability of skilled labor to respond to the influx of businesses and organizations that have shown interest in do business in the state.