Kwara to es­tab­lish soil test­ing lab­o­ra­tory

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

A soil test­ing lab­o­ra­tory is to be es­tab­lished in Kwara State Univer­sity, Malete as part of ef­forts to in­vig­o­rate the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, Gover­nor Al­haji Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed has said.

He stated this at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the state chap­ter of Youth for Agri­cul­ture held at Olusi Vil­lage, Asa Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

Ahmed, who noted that the lab­o­ra­tory would be first of its kind in the coun­try, said his ad­min­is­tra­tion was com­mit­ted to re­sus­ci­tat­ing agri­cul­ture.

Speak­ing through the state Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Bar­ris­ter Anthony Kay­ode Towoju, the gover­nor said the project, which was em­bed­ded in the share pros­per­ity pol­icy of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, has been cap­tured in the 2014 budget.

He said farm­ing re­mains the best op­tion to re­vive the ail­ing na­tion’s econ­omy, adding that youths are cru­cial to the agri­cul­tural revo­lu­tion.

Ahmed charged the federal govern­ment to ar­tic­u­late agri­cul­tural poli­cies to en­sure food suf­fi­ciency and se­cu­rity.

In her in­au­gu­ral speech, the state Co­or­di­na­tor, Youth for Agri­cul­ture, Ha­jia Zu­ru­rat Romoke Zubair Ha­jia Zubair, said their pri­mary tar­get was to pro­duce min­i­mum of 20,000 met­ric tons of maize and ground­nuts each and 75,000 tons of cas­sava this year.

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