Uniabuja, NASRDA to Collaborate on Food Security
The University of Abuja and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) are to collaborate towards developing weather early warning system that would guide agricultural production in the country.
Director General of NASRDA, Professor Saidu Mohammed, who disclosed this at a joint MoU discussion session by officials of the University of Abuja and NASRDA at the Main Campus of the University during the week, said that the collaboration was part of efforts to boost the country’s food security.
He said the early warning system when fully developed would predict with high degree of accuracy farm produce outputs across the country which was desirable for planning purpose in the nation’s quest for food self-sufficiency.
Professor Mohammed said that NASRDA in conjunction with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Abuja would work on the early warning system with the country’s farmers as the main beneficiaries of the technology and national food security as the overall objective.
The Director General said that NASRDA was already collaborating on other researches with lecturers at the University which should place them in positions where they would benefit from recent developments in space research technology and boost their capacities to train the trainers on space technology.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Michael U. Adikwu, said that the joint discussion session was aimed at fine-tuning agreements signed between the University, the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and NASRDA earlier to facilitate the implementation of the documents for the overall benefit of the nation.
Professor Adikwu expressed satisfaction with the pace of cooperation between the University and NASRDA and thanked the agency for donating some computers to the University and making its research facilities available for use by both staff and students of the University.
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