Premier Agribusiness Academy (PAA), Nigeria’s leading centre for learning, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to drive food security in the country. Mr. Francis Toromade, director-general, Premier Agribusiness Academy, made this known during the signing ceremony which took place at the premises of the International Headquarters of IITA in Ibadan recently.
According to him, the purpose of the agreement is to increase human capacity development through practical impactful agricultural practice in the areas of maize, cowpea, soybean, yam, and cassava cultivation, among others. “What PAA will do as part of this partnership is to make sure that all the commodities and crops that are the focus of research in IITA like cassava, maize, soybean, and yam, among others, get private sector awareness and patronage,” Toromade said in a statement. “Some stakeholders within the agricultural industry are not aware of what IITA is doing in terms of research and how it can impact their farming practice,” he added.
Toromade blamed the low yield per hectare of soybean in Nigeria on farmers’ low technical knowledge.
He further explained that with the same farmland size, South Africa generates 1.97 tons of soybean per hectare while Nigeria generates 0.97 tons per hectare, which he attributed to poor farm practice and technical knowledge. Business Day