Semi- Arid Zone Research: Al-Qalam University Partners ICRISAT

Al-Qalam University is working with International Crops Research Institute Forthe Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to boost research on different varieties of millet to determine their adaptation to grow in semi-arid region of the country.

The outcome of the research will be based on the results obtained from trialsof the different varieties of millet planted on two hectares of land allocated by the university.

Receiving the ICRISAT team in his office on Wednesday, 15th July 2020, the Vice-Chancellor, Al-Qalam University, Prof. Shehu Garki Ado thanked ICRISAT for accepting to partner with the university to improve food production and the livelihood of farmers living in semi-arid region of the country.

He observed that with the international exposure of ICRISAT, the collaboration would assist the university to strengthen the take off of its newly established Institute of Semi-Arid Zone Studies.

Earlier, the Country Representative, ICRISAT Nigeria, Dr.Hakeem Ajeigbe has expressed willingness of the International Research Institute to have Al-Qalam University among its research family members.

Represented by Senior Scientist, Dr. Ignatius Angarawai, Dr. Ajeigbe explained that ICRISAT is conducting agricultural research in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa with partners throughout the world. He said, ‘’ As part of our technical support and responsibility, ICRISAT Nigeria is expanding its trial locations on millet and other crops for variety documentation and release in Nigeria’’. The ICRISAT team and the Vice-Chancellor visited the millet trial location on two hectares of land at the university farm.

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