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Author Topic: Unilorin, IITA win international award on maize, wheat - (Aug, 2010)  (Read 2602 times)
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Francis Umeoguaju
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« on: August 29, 2010, 05:14:27 am »

Unilorin, IITA win international award on maize, wheat - (Aug, 2010 bioscience headlines)

The University of Ilorin and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, have won an international award on best maize and wheat improvement.
The award, "Best Maize Technology Development and Dissemination Team 2009" was conferred on the University and its team members on Saturday in Ilorin.
The award was in recognition of the University's "invaluable and excellent contribution towards development and dissemination of Drought Tolerant Maize in West Africa".
The award plaque presented to the University was endorsed by Paula Bramel, Director-General of R4D, IITA and Wifred Mwangi, the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) leader.
The Dean of the university's Faculty of Agriculture, Adeniyi Omotosho, who presented the award to the Vice Chancellor, said the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa DTMA project was implemented jointly by the University and IITA.
Mr. Omotosho said that the project was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation and the Howard Buffett Foundation.
He described it as part of a broad partnership that involves national agricultural research and extension systems, seed companies, NGOs, Community-based organization (CBOs,) and advanced research institutes known as DTMA initiative.

The University of Ilorin was represented on the project by the acting Director of Unilorin Sugar Research Institute, Adeniyi Olaoye and it was the first time the awardees were given the plaque in addition to cash.
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