Tinubu, others commend NRCRI’s centenary anniversary

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, experts and stakeholders in agricultural research, agri-business, farming and allied enterprises have lauded the feats recorded by the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI ) in Umudike, Abia State, as the institute marks its centenary anniversary.

As Experts Re-echo Importance of Root and Tuber Crops to Food Security
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, experts and stakeholders in agricultural research, agri-business, farming and allied enterprises have lauded the feats recorded by the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI ) in Umudike, Abia State, as the institute marks its centenary anniversary.

During the anniversary, tagged: “NRCRI: A Century of Empowerment Through Root and Tuber Crops Research,” the stakeholders corroborated President Bola Tinubu’s acknowledgment that the NRCRI has for the past century sustained innovative measures that boosted root and tuber crops.

The institute, which took off on January 1, 1923 as a British Colonial Provincial Experimental farm under the Colonial Nigeria Department of Agriculture with headquarters at Moor Plantation Ibadan, Oyo State, was renamed in 1975 and assigned national statutory mandate to conduct research into the generic improvement, production, storage, processing, utilisation and socio-economics of Root and Tuber Crops of economic importance namely yam, cassava, potato, sweet potato, cocoyam.

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Speaking during the kick-off of the anniversary, President Tinubu acknowledged commendable achievements of the NRCRI past leaderships and the current Chief Executive Officer, Professor Chiedozie Egesi who came on board a year ago.

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Represented by his Special Assistant on Agriculture and Agri-business, Dr Kingsley Uzoma, the President noted that Professor Egesi’s competence was recently publicly acknowledged by other researchers and professors across the globe in the USA at an event in which Nigeria’s Vice President, Dr Kashim Shettima attended.

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