The activities of the Department are geared towards the use of biotechnology to meet the National Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) targets on agriculture and food security.
MISSION: To undertake research, development and innovation, promotion and deployment of appropriate biotechnologies for increased productivity and value chain development to enhance sustainable agriculture and food security.
VISION: To become a centre of excellence in research and development, promotion, policy implementation and service delivery in agricultural biotechnology.
ACTIVITIES: The Department operates under two main divisions; Plant and Animal Biotechnology. The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) is a key programme of the Outreach unit and is directly under the office of the Director.
PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY DIVISION
The activities of this Division include R&D and training on conventional tissue culture, Temporary Immersion Reaction System (TIBs), plant transformation, agronomy, plant protection and post harvest processing technologies.
Scientists working in the Tissue Culture Laboratory
Acclimatisation of Plantain plantlets in the Screen house
ANIMAL BIOTECHNOLOGY DIVISION
Research activities of the Division are geared towards development of sustainable aquaculture & livestock industries. These include catfish & tilapia reproduction technologies, fish feed production technologies, local raw materials for fish feed production, enhanced livestock reproduction technologies, artificial insemination, oestrus synchronization, mass ovulation in conjunction with embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization and other activities that improve livestock production & veterinary as well as training on broodstock management and fingerlings production.
Catfish from the Research in the Department
OPEN FORUM ON AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (OFAB)
This is an initiative of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF). It was established in 2009 with NABDA as the host organization and Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) as co-host. Activities of the OFAB, Nigeria include: bringing together and networking of stakeholders national and international to enhance the promotion of Agricultural Biotechnology, packaging and sharing information between institutions and building capacity of stakeholders at all levels among others. The forum is one of the platforms used to launch the education, public awareness and sensitization programmes of the Department. Visit http://www.ofabnigeria.com for more information.
Dr. Nasiru Ibrahim
With over 19 years of research and teaching experience Dr. Ibrahim worked at the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) and Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria (RRIN) Benin City, before joining the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA). He was also involved in various Research and Development activities on Natural rubber (Hevea brassiliensis Muel.Arg.), Futumia elastica, Tamarind (Tamarindus indica), Locust been (Parkia biglobosa), Mutation breeding of Sugar Cane (Saccharum officinarum), breeding studies for genetic improvement of Gum Arabic (Acacia senegal L. Willd.). Dr. Nasiru Ibrahim has also taught several courses in different areas of Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding, Plant Physiology, Seed Technology, Taxonomy, Silviculture, Forest Botany Weed Science, Wood Land Managements, at both the Federal College of Forestry under the supervision of Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan and Federal College of Horticultural Technology under the supervision of National Horticultural Research Institute.