As part of its corporate responsibilty to its host community, the Institute for Agricultural Research, IAR Samaru Friday 18th November, 2016 donated a Maize Thresher to the Bomo community via the District Head, to ease postharvest drudgery suffered by the community over the years.

    The brief presentation ceremony took place at the palace of the District Head (Hakimin) Bomo and the Madaucin Zazzau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bgudu. This was in fulfilment of a promise made by the Executive Director to the District Head of Bomo during the Annual Cropping Scheme Meeting held in March 2016.

    The Executive Director, Professor, I.U. Abubakar who spoke in Hausa at the occasion, said the donation stems from a desire expressed by the Hakimin Bomo for a thresher for his community during an inspection of exhibitions mounted by IAR at the 2016 Annual Croping Scheme Meeting at its Headquaters in Samaru. He noted that a promise is a debt therefore, he came to fulfil his debt by donating a brand new maize thresher to the community and not the old one the Hakimi saw.

    " Bomo community and IAR are partners in progress. Therefore the District Head cannot make a request and be turned down", said the Director " On behalf of IAR and Management, I donate this thresher to the Hakimin Bomo this 18th Dat of Novemeber, 2016 for the benefit of the community and service of humanity" the ED stated .

    Prof. M.L. Suleiman on behalf of Agric. Mechanization Programme, highligted the operational mechanism of the machine which is capable of threshing 80 bags per day. This machine/thresher should serve as advirsement for IAR machineries in Bomo community, he noted

    He urged the beneficiaries to embark on regular maintenance to preserve its shelf lifr which is about 20 years. He added that all the components were locally sourced and readily available and affordable.For routine maintenance and shelf life of the thresher, Prof. Suleiman advised on the imperative of servicing the machine at regular intervals afeter daily usuage of 8hre per day on weekly basis. Reponding the District Head expressed overwhelming joy on the donation and was particularly happy with the Executive Director for fulfiling his promise because not everyone keeps to their promises. He recalled with satisfaction several donations the community had received from past Directors of the Institute and praised the cordial relationship enjoyed by the community and the IAR, Samaru. Notable among such donations were; a borehole condtructed and donated by Professor S.G. Ado's administration in 2006, in which the then Vice Chancellor at the commissioning ceremony donated a 2.5KVA Generator worth 1.7 million Naira to serve community.

    During the late Prof. Tanimu's regime, he employed about 13 indigenes from Bomo, also during late Prof. Falaki regime he donated a generator to me and now the incumbent, has promised and donated this threshing machine, the Hakimi noted. He therefore pledged this support as a royal father to become the mouth piece of IAR in terms of information dissemination of its technologies. "Henceforth, I have become the PRO of IAR. Anyone who resides in the village and cannot become productive with farming is a worthless fellow" he reiterated. The Madaucin Zazzau promised to foster the union between the Institute and the community and vowed to continue to protect IAR's interest as a host community.

    On the Executive Director's Entourage to the donation and commissioning ceremony were Principal Officer and Management Staff of the Institute led by the Deputy Director, Professor D.D. Yusuf, A.D.Research, Prof. D.A. Aba, A.D. Extension, Monitoring and Evaluation, Prof. M.Mahmud were in attendance. Others are the Institute Secretary Alhaji Sani Hamza, the Head of Departmental Agricultural Engineering ang Bio-resources, Prof. M.L. Suleiman and Pgromme Leader, Agricultural Mechanization, Dr. I.Moshood. Hightpoint of the events was presentation of the keys and Maintenance tool Kit to the District Head at his Palace.



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