AGRICULTURE Minister Zulfikar Mustapha has officially instated members of the Board of Directors for the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI).
The new board members, who will serve in this capacity for one year, were encouraged to work together in order to lay the groundwork to take the agency to the next level.
While offering remarks, Minister Mustapha said that the board is expected to develop programmes aligned with Government’s policies, as were outlined in its 2020-2025 Manifesto.
“Some of those policies are to create a supporting environment for other-crops development, promoting agriculture diversification with focus on coconut and horticulture. NAREI is also tasked with promoting an agro-energy industry; producing bioethanol through palm oil, cassava and corn. I recently had a discussion with the chairman about palm oil in Region One, and I’ve asked him to prepare a programme for the ministry, so that we can see the kind of funding necessary for that,” Minister Mustapha said.
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