International Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is working on a proposal to collaborate with Nigeria's National Agricultural Research System (NARS) to help revive Nigeria's groundnut industry, according to ICRISAT Director-General, William Dar.
Aggravated by severe drought and disease infestations, the groundnut crop in Nigeria fell from the country's export list by the end of 1970s. ICRISAT will work with NARS to enable farmers to grow improved varieties of groundnut with more resistance to disease, higher export market demands and better aflatoxin management to prevent contamination, he said in a press note released here on Wednesday.
A revival of the groundnut industry would help generate employment opportunities and improve the livelihoods of millions of Nigeria's smallholder farmers, Dr. Dar said and added that ICRISAT's technologies were ready for large-scale deployment and dissemination in Nigeria.
ICRISAT's commitment was in response to the call made by Philip Ikeazor, executive director, corporate, investment banking and treasury of Union Bank of Nigeria PLC and member of ICRISAT Governing Board, he added.
The crop fell from the country's export list by the end of 1970s