The International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) was honoured at the award ceremony organized by the Joint Farmers Association Forum (JFAF) and Ari District, Ninga Emirate, for being instrumental in transforming the lives of many farmers to become self-employed and self-reliant and, enhance food security. Dr Hakeem Ayinde Ajeigbe, Nigeria Country Representative, ICRISAT was conferred with a merit award and the traditional title of Dokajin Ari.
ICRISAT’s Dr Angarawai Ignatius, Abubakar H Inuwa, Jerome Jonah, Tukur Abdulazeez and Hafsat Ibrahim were also recognized for their individual efforts toward promotion and development of agriculture.
The award ceremony was attended by the District Head of Ningi (Sarkin Ari), Alhaji Muhd Kilishi Musa and other dignitaries including Alhaji Ja’afaru Ilela, Program Manager, Bauchi State Agricultural Development Program (BASDP); Alhaji Aminu Sarkin-Aska, Deputy Chairman, Ningi LGA; Alhaji Ubale Garba Taura, Chiroman Taura; Dr Abubakar Musa, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria; women, youth and farmer groups.
Sarkin Ari, Alhaji Muhd Kilishi recognized ICRISAT’s contribution in agricultural research and said, “ICRISAT has improved technology and machinery used for agriculture, crop production, seed production techniques, crop-livestock integration, product development, processing and household nutrition and safe use of agrochemicals.”
Dr Ajeigbe, Nigeria Country Representative, ICRISAT said the people of Ningi, Ningi Emirate, and Ganjuwa Local Government Areas benefited from several projects led by ICRISAT such as Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE), Tropical Legumes Phase 3 (TL3), Nurturing Africa’s Digital Revolution for Agriculture (NADIRA), Transforming African Agriculture through Technologies (TAAT), and Accelerated Variety Improvement and Seed system in Africa (AVISA).
ICRISAT training activities in the Emirate have transformed the capacity building of women in grain processing, and further improved household nutrition and income generation. ICRISAT has led to changes in ruminant animal producers and, pastoralists on the use of stover crusher to increase the utilization of the stover by ruminants, ruminant feed formulation and formation of mineral block (mineral salt lick) as a possible potential remedy to the increasing farmer-herder conflicts in the country.