Professor Veronica Adeoti Obatolu
I warmly welcome you to the official website of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Obafemi Awolowo University. The Institute, as you may be aware, is one of the foremost National Agricultural Research Institutes in Nigeria. It’s affiliation with the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) Ile-Ife in 1969 makes it one of the four University-based Agricultural Research Institutes in Nigeria. Even though, this affiliation opens a lot of opportunities to the Institute, it also bestows a lot of responsibilities and challenges to the entire workforce. Scientists can work on virtually any crop apart from the national mandate crops assigned to the Institute by the Nigerian Government. This is in addition to teaching assignments being handled by many of the scientists at the home campus of the University, Ile-Ife, a distance of about eighty kilometers from Ibadan. It also involves participation of Management staff and senior scientists in many University Statutory meetings and committees.
The Institute is also in intimate contact with resource-poor farmers throughout the nooks and crannies of South Western Nigeria covering the six States of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti State. As the South West Zonal Coordinating Research Institute, demand-driven, peasant-farmer targeted improved agricultural technologies are generated and disseminated to thousands of farmer-families in South Western Nigeria and even beyond. The Institute has developed over the years, outstanding varieties of many common staples including maize, cowpea, cassava, fruit and leaf vegetables to mention a few. Many of these varieties are grown outside the shores of the country particularly in the West Africa Sub region. Also, hundreds of easy-to-prepare, delicious, nutritious recipes from locally available and cheap food staples have been developed. Kenaf research has not only yielded varieties with improved fibre and core yield, but also various products including ceiling tiles, plumbing yarn, traveling/hand bags, ropes etc. These products as well as the core and fibre are in high demand locally and internationally. Our efforts to improve the protein intake of resource-poor Nigerians who can hardly afford animal-protein have resulted into the development of promising Quality Protein Maize (QPM) varieties. These varieties have already been officially release to Nigerian farmers.
The Institute is organized into seven research programmes and seven service units in line with her mandates for effective service delivery. It headquarters is located in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State, Nigeria and has 6 outstations (Ikenne, Ilora,, Ballah, Orin-Ekiti, , Ile-Ife and Kishi). In addition, there are experimental sites in Amakama-Umuahia (Abia State), Mokwa (Niger State) and Eruwa (Oyo State) as well as two adopted villages for technology dissemination in Moloko-Asipa (Ogun State)and Oniyo-Ogbomoso (Oyo State).
The Institute has a formidable link with different organizations both within and outside Nigeria and has continued to provide services as necessary and foster the existing exchange programmes and collaborations between it and the organizations. The Institute has served in various capacities with Semi-Arid Food Grain Development (SAFGRAD) project, National Special Programme for Food Security (NSPFS), National Tree Nursery Development Programme through the National Food Security Office, Abuja, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through Root and Tuber Expansion Project (RTEP), International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) and has been a member of the Presidential Committee on Cassava Production and Export since inception in 2002. The Institute is playing host to two Farmers Associations: Sheep and Goat Farmers Association of Nigeria and Snail Farmers Association of Nigeria.
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