By Musbahu A.
The Federal Government of Nigeria Commissiones Soil Testing and Geographic Information System Laboratories, says both Facilities are Significant for Sustainable Agricultural Production.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has commissioned the National Soil Testing Laboratory and Geographic Information System (GIS), of the Department of Agricultural Land & Climate Change Management Service (ALCCMS), stating that the Laboratories would boost food security, suitability, and capability of lands for the sustainable production of different crops and land use.
Speaking during the Commissioning Ceremony on Monday 14th February 2022, Dr. Mahmood Abubakar noted that, ‘’ Federal Government is committed to an Agriculture led the diversification of the nation’s economy. Therefore, for agriculture to play the expected role towards achieving this objective, the soil resources on which agriculture depends must also receive special attention for sustainable agricultural production’’.
The Minister stated that ‘’ GIS and Soil Testing Laboratories is highly significant in our task of ensuring food security for the nation. These laboratories are necessary for the promotion of technology-driven agriculture which is the focus of the Ministry as contained in the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy (NATIP)’’.
Dr. Abubakar pointed out that ‘’ Over the years, gaps have been identified in the way we manage our soils which are affecting fertilizer usage and land use planning in the country. The ministry is determined to bridge the gaps which were why the fourth National Soil Laboratory was established in Abuja’’.