IGBARIAM Outstation

Igbariam outstation, located in Anambra State, Nigeria, plays a crucial role within the framework of the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), which has its main research facilities in Umuahia. The NRCRI is dedicated to the genetic improvement, production, processing, storage, utilization, and socio-economic studies of root and tuber crops of significant economic importance in Nigeria. These crops are pivotal for the nation’s food security, economic stability, and are integral to the livelihoods of millions of Nigerians.

The outstation in Igbariam is part of NRCRI’s network of research facilities aimed at enhancing the agricultural value chain of root and tuber crops across different ecological zones in Nigeria. Specifically, the Igbariam outstation focuses on research and development activities tailored to the agro-ecological conditions of Anambra State and surrounding regions. This includes the cultivation of crops like yam, cassava, sweet potato, and cocoyam, among others, which are staple foods in the Nigerian diet and crucial for both local consumption and export.

Research conducted at the Igbariam outstation contributes significantly to NRCRI’s overarching goals by developing improved crop varieties that are more resistant to diseases, pests, and adverse climatic conditions. Additionally, the outstation plays a vital role in disseminating innovative farming techniques, sustainable agricultural practices, and value-added processing methods to local farmers. This not only boosts productivity and food security but also enhances the economic well-being of the community by opening up new markets and opportunities for agribusiness.

The significance of Igbariam outstation extends beyond its immediate geographical location, impacting national agricultural policies and practices. Through its research and development efforts, the outstation aids in achieving NRCRI’s mission to provide the necessary environment for the production, processing, and marketing of value-added products of root and tuber crops, thereby contributing to national food security and economic development [1].

In summary, Igbariam outstation is an integral component of the NRCRI’s network, playing a pivotal role in advancing the research, development, and dissemination of knowledge on root and tuber crops in Nigeria. Its contributions are essential for enhancing agricultural productivity, sustainability, and socio-economic growth in Anambra State and beyond.

Dr Ikoro .A. Ikoro