By Murtala Muhammad
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund’s, Centre of Excellence in Integrated Farming System of the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, has indicated readiness to partner government and Non Governmental Organisations as well as other relevant bodies in providing short term training, skills and certification in integrated farming system to boost agricultural value chain.
A statement by the Communications Officer, Tanimu Ibrahim Gambo, says the Director the of the TETFund Centre of Excellence in Integrated Farming System, Dr. Kolawole Richards stated this during the inaugural meeting of the staff of the Centre, held at the Polytechnic.
Dr. Richards said the Centre has since swung into action in meeting the basic specifications of the TETFund through visiting organisations within Bauchi and the entire North East subregion with proposals for collaborations in smart agriculture.
He said that the Centre has assembled crop of professionals who will serve as Technical Advisory Committee that will be responsible for providing directions to be taken in fishery, husbandry, nutrition and dietetics as well as post-harvest technology.
Also speaking, the Deputy Director of the Centre, Dr. Aliyu Gadam said for the centre to be more resourceful, it would ensurethe academia, government and industry were brought together for rapid socio-economic development of the society.
He added that the kind of interventions to be expected from the Centre include exposing trainees to the practical rudiments of integrated farming system instead of the theoretical approach which was the current practice in most skills acquisition centres across the country.
TETFund had earlier last year given approval to establish its Centre of Excellence for the North East at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi to lead its counterparts in the region towards initiating problem-solving researches for economic development of the region and the country at large.