Bill to channel Agric Companies tax to research underway – Prof Sharubutu

Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu

By Adelola Amihere

The newly-appointed Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Prof. Garba Sharubutu, has said he was planning to initiate a bill that taxes generated from agricultural companies be separated and channeled to the National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIS) and the Colleges of Agriculture for research and training.

Prof. Sharubutu who was appointed the Acting Executive Secretary of ARCN in 2019, was formally confirmed in 202

According to him, while there are other sources of funding provided to universities, polytechnics and colleges of education such as from TETFUND, CBN, PTDF, NDIC, no such interventions target NARIs, Colleges of Agriculture and related disciplines.

The ES who stated this in his mission and vision statement for the Council explained that “this will give priority to research, development of new remedies and generation of data.
“It is our intension to restructure the National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs) along the broad areas of agricultural practice, each with the capacity to conduct research and develop inputs based on specialization”.

He stated that his mission was to provide scholarly and administrative leadership to the Council with the view to promoting agricultural research, training, extension and production of quality farm inputs and to introduce reforms within the limits of the ‘mandate of the Council and in line with the priority and objectives of the Federal Government”

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