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Increased technical cooperation essential to agricultural modernisation

Tuesday, 17th May 2016
Mr. Nelson Ocheger (in yellow tie) and Prof. Muhammad Nasir Maiturare on his right, pose for the group photo after the meeting.
Increased technical cooperation between stakeholders in Africa is critical to the modernisation of agricultural production in the continent.

This was stated by Mr. Nelson Ocheger, the Charge¡¯ d Affaires of Uganda High Commission in the Federal Republic of Nigeria while addressing the academic staff of Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda University. The function took place in May 3rd, 2016 at the University, Niger State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking at a function to mark the commencement of cooperation in organic agriculture between the University and Ugandan institutions, Mr. Ocheger informed his guests that the majority of Ugandans, like in most parts of Africa, live in rural areas and survive on subsistence agriculture. He applauded and welcomed the proposal by the University to carry out capacity building in organic agriculture for agricultural extension workers and resource-poor rural farmers in Iganga district of Uganda. He thanked the University authorities and the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa for choosing to partner with Ugandan stakeholders and assured them of support from the Ugandan Government.

Prof. Muhammad Nasir Maiturare, the Vice Chancellor of the University, who initiated the cooperation and organised the visit emphasised that the relationship between the University and Ugandan institutions is expected to open doors for rich collaboration between the Niger State Government and the Government of the Republic of Uganda.

He pointed  out that the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Uganda have common issues in agriculture,  mineral exploitation, renewable energy, deforestation, and, draining of wetlands.

The function was attended by Mr. Nurh Byarufu, the Counsellor at the Uganda High Commission, representatives of the academic and non academic staff and student representatives.

Source: Uganda High Commission, Abuja