Nigeria to partner with International Potato Center

By Ene Okwanihe

The International Potato  Centre has indicated its readiness to partner with the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) in its “Food Baskets Project” to enhance agricultural productivity in Nigeria.

The Regional Director of the Center, Mr. Adiel Nkongu Mbabu made this known during a courtesy visit to WAAPP- Nigeria Project Coordination Office in Abuja, the Nigerian Capital.

“The objective of the visit to WAAPP office is to familiarise with the activities of the Project and to seek possible areas of collaboration especially in WAAPP- Nigeria priorities commodities which is Aquaculture,” Mr. Mbabu said.

He also indicated the Centres readiness to work with WAAPP- Nigeria in developing nutritious food, through its “Food Basket Project”.

He added that the collaboration will alongside; include strategies to build methodology on scaling up agricultural productivity in Nigeria.

While responding, the Acting National Project Coordinator of WAAPP- Nigeria James Ocheme Apochi said WAAPP- Nigeria with its objectives of generating, disseminating and adopting technologies, has been able to increase Agricultural Productivity, especially among the low income farmers by making improved seeds and seedlings available to them.

Mr. Apochi further stated that WAAPP-Nigeria, being a brainchild of ECOWAS countries with its Headquarters in Dakar, Senegal and domiciled in Nigeria, under the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has Aquaculture as the core mandate for Nigeria.

It also has its focus on other priority commodity such as sorghum, maize, rice, cassava and yam.