AATF Donates Equipment To IAR Research, Seed Storage Unit

L-R: The executive director, Institute for Agricultural Research, Prof. Ado Yusuf supporting the director, African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin to cut the tape at the ceremony.

In a bid to enhance agricultural research and bolster food security initiatives, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has donated state-of-the-art equipment to the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR). 

This equipment aims to facilitate year-round crop research and seed storage capabilities, representing a significant leap forward in agricultural innovation.

The donated equipment includes a greenhouse facility, which has been upgraded and equipped with cutting-edge technology powered by a 100KVA solar system. Additionally, a 30KVA solar-powered cold storage facility and solar system-powered irrigation facilities covering 2 hectares of land have been provided. These advanced facilities are tailored to support agricultural research endeavours throughout the year, overcoming seasonal constraints.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony held at the institute, AATF director of programme development and commercialisation, Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin highlighted the transformative potential of the donation. He emphasised that the greenhouse facilities, equipped with innovative technology, create optimal growing conditions for various crops, enabling researchers at IAR to conduct experiments and cultivate crops regardless of external weather conditions.

Okogbenin further underscored the importance of the 15-tonne modern seed storage facilities, equipped with sophisticated cooling systems and climate control mechanisms. These facilities are vital for preserving the viability and genetic integrity of seeds, ensuring their availability for research and agricultural development initiatives.

The donation reflects AATF’s unwavering commitment to supporting agricultural development initiatives across Africa and emphasises the significance of collaboration in achieving food security and agricultural sustainability. According to a statement by AATF’s communication officer (West and Central Africa), Alex Abutu this initiative exemplifies the potential for partnerships between public and private entities to drive positive change in agriculture, fostering innovation and resilience in the face of global challenges.

Expressing profound gratitude for the generous donation from AATF, IAR executive director, Dr. Yusuf Ado highlighted the transformative impact of the state-of-the-art facilities on agricultural research and seed storage capabilities. With access to these cutting-edge resources, IAR is empowered to conduct research and store seeds year-round, significantly contributing to efforts towards sustainable agriculture.

“With access to state-of-the-art equipment, we are well-positioned to make significant strides in advancing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security for generations to come,” Yusuf emphasised, highlighting the pivotal role of technology in shaping the future of agriculture in Nigeria and beyond.

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