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AATF facilitates year-round crop research, seed storage at IAR with equipment donation

As part of efforts to advance agricultural research and ensuring food security, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has donated state-of-the-art equipment to the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) to facilitate year-round crop research and seed storage.

AATF and IAR officials after the donation ceremony

The equipment donated include a greenhouse facility, that was upgraded and equipped with cutting-edge technology powered by a 100KVA solar system, a 30KVA solar-powered cold storage facility and a solar system powered irrigation facilities covering 2 hectares of land.

The equipment are advanced facilities tailored to support agricultural research endeavors throughout the year, regardless of seasonal constraints.

Speaking at a hand-over ceremony at the Institute, Dr Emmanuel Okogbenin, AATF Director, Programme Development and Commercialisation, said: “The centerpiece of this donation is a series of state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities, equipped with innovative technology to create optimal growing conditions for various crops. The greenhouse is designed to maintain controlled environments, allowing researchers at IAR to conduct experiments and cultivate crops irrespective of external weather conditions.

“Furthermore, the donation includes 15-ton modern seed storage facilities equipped with sophisticated cooling systems and climate control mechanisms. These facilities are essential for preserving the viability and genetic integrity of seeds, ensuring their availability for research and agricultural development initiatives”.

According to Dr Okogbenin, the donation reflects AATF’s commitment to supporting agricultural development initiatives across Africa and underscores the importance of collaboration in achieving food security and agricultural sustainability. By providing essential equipment and resources, AATF aims to empower institutions like IAR to undertake impactful research and innovation in the agricultural sector.

“This initiative exemplifies the potential for partnerships between public and private entities to drive positive change in agriculture, fostering innovation and resilience in the face of global challenges,” he added.

Dr. Yusuf Ado, IAR Executive Director, expressed profound gratitude for the generous donation from AATF, emphasising its transformative impact on agricultural research and seed storage capabilities.

“With these state-of-the-art facilities, we are empowered to conduct research and store seeds year-round, contributing significantly to our efforts towards sustainable agriculture.

“With access to state-of-the-art equipment, we are well-positioned to make significant strides in advancing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security for generations to come,” Prof. Ado said.


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