The Nigerian Government has called for partnership with Bangladesh to develop flood resistant seed varieties which is aimed at ensuring food security in the country.
Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, made the call when the High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Mr. Shameem Ahsan, visited him in Abuja.
Lokpobiri said that Bangladesh has made a revolution in agriculture as a result of the country’s dedicated investment in research and technology. He also expressed regrets that although Nigeria had about 30 research institutes and Colleges of Agriculture, it had yet to achieve food security.
Earlier, Ahsan said the aim of his visit was to see possibilities of Bangladesh participating in the forthcoming Agri-Tech Expo in the Nigeria, adding that the proposed participation of is to ensure transference of experiences and expertise between the countries.
Ahsan noted that Bangladesh through its scientists had invented local seed varieties that could cope with climate change and water-logged areas.
“These seed varieties can withstand water logging and produce well. Nigeria plays a leadership role in Africa, we need closer cooperation with both countries so we can benefit mutually.
We will be happy to attend the Agri-Tech Expo in Nigeria by November so that it will give us an opportunity to showcase our performances, achievements and expertise’’, he said.