Work is progressing on the International Institute of Tropical agriculture in Nigeria -- one of four such institutes throughout the world, and the first in Africa.
Work is progressing on the International Institute of Tropical agriculture in Nigeria -- one of four such institutes throughout the world, and the first in Africa. The GBP7 1/4 million (sterling) project, financed by the ford Foundation of the United States, is run by an international board of trustees. Its primary aim is to improve the output and quality of food crops in the tropics, and to train agriculturalists from any interested nations. The Institute, on which work began in 1968, is scheduled to be completed early next year Several sections of the Institute are already at work, however, and VISNEWS cameraman Shittu Fabiyi visited the project last week.
SYNOPSIS: Work on the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria is on schedule, and the 7 1/4-million-pound (sterling) project is expected to be finally completed early next year. The Institute, whose primary function is to improve the quantity and quality of tropical crops, is financed by the Ford Foundation of the United States. Another American institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, will be responsible for running costs. The whole project is governed by an international board of trustees with members from the United Nations, America, England, Cameroun, Nigeria, Uganda, France and Canada.
Much work has already be on competed at the Institute, which is built on the outskirts of the university town of Ibadan. Several departments and a number of scientists are already at work on experimental rice, maize and bean crop, and eventually 32 scientists and 250 other personnel will work there. Provision has been made for about 100 students to live and study at the Institute, on which work began in 1968.
The 2,300 acres on which the Institute is being built was donated by the Nigerian Government and residents of a village formerly on the site were compensated for their los with a free, brand-new village nearby. The site was chosen for its agricultural potential, as it could already support two full crop cycles a yea??? now, with the aid of an irrigation lake, it can turn out three.
There are the other such Institutes in the world -- in Mexico, Colombia in South America, and the Philippines. It is hoped that the Nigeria-based Institute will be equally as successful as the others.