KENAF AND JUTE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME

Dr. ADETUMBI, J.A.

Dr. ADETUMBI, J.A.

Ag. Head of Programme

MANDATE

Genetic improvement ,development of technologies and generation of knowledge for sustainable and demand driven production, protection and processing of kenaf and jute for farmers’ use as well as emphasizing the crops’ for industrial potential for economic growth.

OBJECTIVES

  • Identification of suitable and adaptable high yielding kenaf and jute varieties for agro-ecological zones in Nigeria
  • Exploration of kenaf and jute improvement varieties as fibre source for industries
  • Development of production technologies on kenaf ante jute for small, medium and large scale industrial uses in Nigeria
  • Development of cottage level industrial utilization of kenaf and jute produce and products
  • Back-stopping relevant organizations and establishment linkages for exchange of information and genetic resources of kenaf and jute

CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

  • Large scale production of viable seed
  • Development of conducive and economical storage techniques for kenaf seed
  • Capacity building for stakeholders and farmers on production and processing of kenaf
  • Development of adaptable and affordable kenaf farming techniques that are environmentally friendly.

INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATORS

GRANT(S) ENJOYED

CURRENT GRANT(S)

FUTURE PLANS

The 2018 in-house report of Kenaf and Jute Improvement Programme

The Institute of Agricultural Research and Training has the national mandate to improve kenaf and jute and to develop production technology for the crops. The kenaf and Jute Improvement Programme of the institute is saddled with these responsibilities. The Programme therefore conduct and report research activities related to genetic improvement of kenaf for farmer and industrial uses. Kenaf and jute provide incomes for individuals, plays a multipurpose role in agro-ecosystems and environmental amelioration, thus boost the national economy. Kenaf and jute improvement program is harnessing the efficiency of the crops to provide adequate, readily available and quality raw materials that would secure the industrial and economic growth of Nigeria. It also conducts research into agronomic managements suitable for the production of high yield and good fibre quality of the crops. The programme also conducts farming system research to facilitate the integration of the crops into the farming systems of the country and encourage its adaptation and adoption into the existing farming systems in the different agro-ecologies of Nigeria. The Programme is currently developing cost effective cottage level processing techniques to facilitate processing of the fibre into sundry products for further uses.

Our Mandate & Objectives

Genetic improvement ,development of technologies and generation of knowledge for sustainable and demand driven production, protection and processing of kenaf and jute for farmers’ use as well as emphasizing the crops’ for industrial potential for economic growth.

Objectives

  • Identification of suitable and adaptable high yielding kenaf and jute varieties for agro-ecological zones in Nigeria
  • Exploration of kenaf and jute improvement varieties as fibre source for industries
  • Development of production technologies on kenaf ante jute for small, medium and large scale industrial uses in Nigeria
  • Development of cottage level industrial utilization of kenaf and jute produce and products
  • Back-stopping relevant organizations and establishment linkages for exchange of information and genetic resources of kenaf and jute

Our Achievements

  1. High yielding kenaf varieties have developed through conventional breeding
  2. Two high yielding varieties of kenaf (Cuba 108 and Tianung 1), which are widely adapted to agro-ecologies in Nigeria have been identified.
  3. Three new high yielding varieties of kenaf namely IFEKEN 100, IFEKEN 400 and IFEKEN DI- 400, have been developed from Cuba 108 and Tianung 1 using gramma-irradiation.
  4. The Institute has demonstrated capacity and techniques for large scale production of kenaf viable seeds.
  5. Mopping up of oil spill polluted areas using kenaf powder has been proven.
  6. Techniques for production of internal decorator using plaster of Paris (P.O.P.) and kenaf fibres have been developed as raw materials for further use in the industries (shown below).
  7. Successful organization of Kenaf stakeholders workshop
  8. Various apparel and domestic materials such as jackets, shoes, slippers, rope flannels, twine and basket have been demonstrated and produced form kenaf bast fibre.
  9. Various building/partitioning materials such as PVC, POP, board can be made using kenaf products.

Technical backstopping and out-reach activities

  • Sensitization of kenaf potentials to school, Non-government organization farmers groups and other relevant stakeholders in farming and industrial settins.
  • Training and assistance for various levels students of tertiary institution, farmers and various of industrialist
  • Technical support for Research scientists through seeds, core and bast fibre production for research purposes

K&JIP UPDATES

KENAF & JUTE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME TEAM

Dr D.J. Ogunniyan
Research Fellow I
Dr (Mrs) Ajoke Oyegbami
Research Fellow I
Mr A.O. Aluko
Research Fellow I
Mr Emmanuel C. Omenna
Junior Research Fellow