SENIOR NIGERIAN DELEGATION VISITS PAU;
SEEKS SUPPORT FOR AGRICULTURAL EMPOWERMENT
Ludhiana, October 31…
A four member delegation led by HE Ibrahim H. Hadejia, Governor of Jigawa State, Nigeria visited PAU yesterday to discuss future collaborative framework in the agricultural sector. Describing agriculture as the new gold for Nigeria, the Governor sought PAU’s support to help usher green revolution back home on lines similar to the one that made India food secure. He discussed how volatility in crude oil prices across the globe led Nigeria to shift its focus from crude oil to agriculture for economic security.
DrYemi O. Akinbamijo, Head of mission and Executive Director, FARA ( Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa) shared that their visit to PAU was a lesson in the power of science based transformation in agriculture that has eluded Africa till date. “ We are looking for a reliable, competitive and sustainable partner who can hand hold us towards food and nutritional security, job creation, increased resilience of farmers to climate change, pests, diseases and improved natural resource management and looking at PAU’s infrastructure, dedicated human resource and extensive research and extension, we are elated that we are at the right place,” the officer remarked.
As a part of his presentation about Punjab Agricultural University’s activities in various arenas, Dr N.S. Bains, Director Research, PAU outlined similarity in plantation crops, agro ecology and farm size as the overlapping domains between India and Nigeria where support and collaboration can help spark agricultural prosperity in the African country. He also suggested integrated farming system focused more on subsidiary occupations rather than crops and tailored to suit the needs of Nigerian farmers as the way forward.
PAU Vice Chancellor, Dr B.S. Dhillon in his remarks said that he looked forward to India Africa partnership for agricultural development. “PAU as the harbinger of green revolution in India will move in mutually feasible direction that includes faculty exchange, research and extension collaboration to help facilitate sustainable agriculture in Africa,” said Dr Dhillon.
The team later visited the Food Industry and Craft Mela put up by the Department of Processing and Food Engineering, Department of Food Science Technology and College of Home Science. They also paid visit to the Crop Museum, Soil Museum, School of Agricultural Biotechnology, Department of Soil and Water Engineering and the rural museum.
Earlier Dr G.K. Sangha, Dean, Post Graduate Studies, welcomed the delegates, while Registrar, PAU, Dr R.S. Sidhu gave the Vote of thanks.