The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello, said the World Bank has donated 20 million Dollars as grant to the Centre for Dryland Agriculture to facilitate teaching, research and development activities.
Professor Yahuza Mohammed disclosed this at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Centre and Dantata Foods and Allied Products Limited.
Yahuza said the grant which was given in tthree trenches, followed the significant achievements the centre recorded in research and innovations.
According to him, the signing of the MoU between the centre and the company would go along way in promoting research for the development of agriculture in the country.
The Vice Chancellor stressed the need for industries and academia to work together in view of the fact that the population is growing while the land for farming is decreasing especially in the northern part of the country.
“The centre has laboratories for analysing and modernising our products. So we cannot continue to work in isolation.
He said signing of the MoU was timely in view of the fact that the company was playing a key role in value addition.
Speaking Earlier, the Chairman of the company, Tajuddeen Aminu-Dantata, said the MoU would enable the university and the company to carry out joint development activities with other stakeholders.
“The world is increasing in number and food production and supply is reducing as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and insecurity.
“Again because of social distancing, farming is becoming difficult. So we have to work together to come up with ways to assist the farmers.
In his remarks the Director of the centre ,Professor Jibrin Mohammed Jibrin, said the centre established eight years ago has students from thirteen African countries.