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NASENI, Agriculture Ministry to partner on agro-industrialisation, climate change, others –Official

L-R: Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Honourable Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security; Mr. Khalil Halilu, EVC/CEO of NASENI; and Sen. Abubakah Kyari, Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Food Security after the Meeting in Abuja, FCT      Photo: NASENI

*Khalil Suleiman Halilu, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure,  declares the agency is ready to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to attain nutrition security through technology adaptation and transfers in Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security have commenced discussions on how to deploy existing technical competencies and other resources to improve agro allied-industries development targets, climate change mitigations and smart solar irrigation aimed at dry-season farming.

The regulatory agency disclosed the trio of Senator Abubakar Kyari, Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Food Security; Minister of State, Hon. Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi; and Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NASENI, who held the meeting Monday, November 6, 2023, agreed that the evolving collaboration between NASENI and Agric Ministry was aimed at enhancing the focus and deliverables toward achievement of the Renewed Hope Agenda by the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration.

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NASENI stated Senator Kyari also gave insight into some of the essentials in the 8-Point Renewed Hope Agenda of the Federal Government.

The Minister said at about six of the eight socio-economic recovery programmes had the starting points in their achievements rooted in the success of the Agricultural sector, his ministry.

He commended Halilu and his team at NASENI for having agriculture as one of the Agency’s target areas to work.

Senator Kyari further noted: “I won’t be tired of saying that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given my Ministry the responsibility to carry out one of the important programmes in the 8-point Renewed Hope agenda, which is food security and five others.”

NASENI stated during the visit, Halilu was received not only by Senator Abubakar Kyari and the Minister of State, but all the Directors in the Ministry were present at the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, Halilu said the Agency was ready to collaborate with the Ministry to boost agriculture and also achieve food security through technology adaptation and transfers.

Addressing the Ministry’s top government functionaries, the EVC/CEO explained that NASENI’s technical manpower, technologies and also international partners were ready to work in ensuring that Nigeria becomes self-sufficient in food production, food processing and exports.

According to Halilu, part of the efforts at actualising this goal is the ongoing NASENI Scheme to refurbish about 50,000 broken tractors across the country under the presidential initiative, aimed at bringing back the culture of large cultivation of lands for farming.

The Management of NASENI, he revealed, have also secured both local and international technical partners to work with the Agency to mass-produce Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for spraying of insecticides over vast farm locations, sustain afforestation, introduce solar-powered water irrigation to increase wet and dry season farming yields, cold chain food processing and agro-allied value chain additions for preservation and processing of foods in commercial quantities and exports.

Halilu said the collaboration plans with Agric Ministry include crop traceability, rice straw project, mitigation of climate change through scientific and technological researches or innovations by NASENI to increase food production, value addition and ensue Nigeria’s dependence on food imports reduce significantly.

The NASENI Executive Vice-Chairman further stated: “We are embarking on development activities in agriculture from production to commercialisation.

“The key thing is how we can add value to our farm produce or raw materials before they are consumed or before exporting them out of our country.

“Also, as for foreign technologies brought into our country, we are seeking the cooperation and collaboration of the Ministry to transfer, domesticate and commercialise such technologies. In a nutshell, this is why we are here.”

Halilu also disclosed since he assumed office, he has been receiving a lot of requests in terms of how NASENI could add value around agriculture from production all the way to the market.

A recent outing by the Agency at the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in China attracted about $6 billion investment and about 40 per cent of the monies will be channeled to agriculture, he said.

Also speaking at the meeting, Minister of State (Hon.) Abdullahi expressed appreciation of the visit by NASENI’s EVC/CEO and his team.

The Minister also described the move as progressive and patriotic. Abdullahi observed the time to end inter-ministerial competition and rivalry is now, rather, synergy and collaboration amongst government institutions should become the new culture and orientation.

He underscored the earlier statement by Senator Kyari that one of the Federal Government’s current priorities is food security.

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security said alignments with the Agric Ministry’s focus not only by NASENI but other Agencies with related functions would help to actualise the Government’s intentions to alleviate poverty, create jobs and tackle all other socio-economic ills in Nigeria society.

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