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Offices and Demonstration Farms

Headquarters, Sub-Stations and Experimental Stations Network

                                                    Headquarters    

 

Benin City, Edo State

The Main station of the institute is a campus of 1735ha land area, located near Benin City about 29km from the city centre, off the Benin-City — Akure Road, where the bulk of the Institute’s research, and administrative personnel and physical resources are concentrated. The main-station has an elaborate infrastructure, developed over a span of about sixty years, comprising laboratories, office buildings, engineering workshops, library, an integrated oil mill, over three hundred units of residential houses and municipal services such as water supply scheme and electricity power generators and sub-station, medical facilities and primary schools.

 

                                        Sub-stations and Out-stations

The Institute’s work is also carried out in four research sub-stations namely Abak in Akwa Ibom State (for Oil Palm), Onuebum in Bayelsa State for (for Raphia), Dutse in Jigawa State (for Date Palm) and Badagry in Lagos State (for Coconut). Abak is the most developed of these Sub-stations with a fairly well established road network, modest office and workshop facilities.

 

As the mandate crops of the Institute are cultivated across different ecologies, and in some cases specific ecologies, the Institute also maintains experimental outstation listed in Table 1.

 

Plate 1. NIFOR’ s Administration building (Built in 1947)

 

Table 1: NIFOR Sub-Stations and Experimental Stations 

Name

Location

State

Size (ha)

Crop

Agro-Ecology

NIFOR Sub-Station

Abak

Akwa Ibom

246

Oil palm

Rain forest/fresh water swamp

NIFOR Sub-Station

Badagry

Lagos

100

Coconut

Coastal/fresh water swamp

NIFOR Sub-Station

Dutse

Jigawa

400

Date

Sudan Savannah

NIFOR Sub-Station

Onuebum

Bayelsa

100

Raphia

Fresh water swamp

NIFOR Experimental Station

Acharu

Kogi

388

Oil palm

Rain forest] derived savannah

NIFOR Experimental Station

Agbarho

Delta

24

Oil palm

Rain forest/fresh water swamp

NIFOR Experimental Station

Otegbo

Delta

75

Raphia

Rain forest/fresh water swamp

NIFOR Experimental Station

Onishere

Ondo

80

Oil palm

Rain Forest

NIFOR Experimental Station

Ubiaja

Edo

52

Coconut & oil palm

Rain forest] derived savannah

NIFOR Experimental Station

Umuabi

Enugu

32

Oil palm

Derived/guinea savannah

NIFOR Experimental Station

Darazo

Bauchi

300

Date

Sudan savannah

NIFOR Experimental Station

Nsukka

Enugu

 

Oil palm

For in-situ germplasm Conservation and exploitation

NIFOR Experimental Station

Ago- Emokp           

Edo

1.5

Oil palm

Rain forest for Fusarium wilt research

 

Dutse. Jigawa State

Following the recent allocation of an additional Jigawa State Government the institute’s work research will be expanded soon.

land area by the Emir of Dutse and at Dutse in Jigawa on date palm

Darazo. Bauchi State

The Bauchi State Government donated a 300ha at Darazo to the institute, in 1998 for date palm research. This will serve as an experimental research station for date palm, which is an important tree crop in the area.

Nsukka, Enugu State

NIFOR is carrying out in-situ germplasm conservation and exploitation among the Nsukka grove oil palm, where palms with exceptionally desirable characteristics, such as yield, high bunch number, and slow stem increment, have been identified.

 

The Institute also carries out experimental work in private farms and estates

Commercial I Demonstration Farms

The institute has a 300 ha commercial oil palm plantation at Usen, Edo State. The terrain of the plantation is not suitable for easy exploitation of the palms. Although the original concept of the project was more than the present land area planted, community problems and litigation limited the scope of planted area to about 300ha. With the desire to achieve a substantial level of self-sustenance in terms of funding, the institute has embarked on a phased development of a 2000 ha demonstration farm, at Ohosu, Edo State. So far, over 100 ha has been planted.

Management Consultancy

The Institute is presently managing two oil palm estates namely the Federal Oil Palm Estate Obotme (525ha) and the Federal Oil Palm Project, Erei (720ha) on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Institute also runs advisory services relating palms management, analytical services and quality assurance and diagnostic services to the palms industry in Nigeria. In this respect most of the fertilizer recommendations and policies of some major oil palm companies in Nigeria are based on the yearly routine soil and foliar analysis carried out for them by the Institutes consultancy service.