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BACKGROUND

  In the late '70s it became clear that our dependence on oil revenue to the neglect of agricultural development was unreliable for national economic and social development. The Federal Government of Nigeria then pumped a lot of money into reviving agricultural activities and productivity in Nigeria. However, it was soon realized that the huge investments in agriculture would not yield the desired results because of an acute shortage of manpower with requisite managerial skills and capability. Consequently, an institute to train and develop the required manpower to manage the many agricultural and rural development projects existing and being planned, became a necessity. In 1980, with the assistance of a World Bank loan, ARMTI was established to satisfy this need.

 MISSION

To improve management practice in the agricultural and rural sector through appropriate management interventions.

 OBJECTIVES

 The main objectives of ARMTI are to:-
  Provide management training;
  Provide consultancy and advisory services;
  Conduct applied management research, special and diagnostic studies;
  Disseminate agricultural and rural information; and
  Contribute to policy development which would enhance better managememt of the agricultural and rural sector in Nigeria.

 LEGAL STATUS

  Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute Act Cap. 11. Vol.I laws of the  Federation of Nigeria. Supervising Ministry: ARMTI is a parastatal organization under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 GOVERNANCE

  The Act establishing ARMTI provides for a 7-member Board of Governors including the Director of the Institute. The Board is the highest policy-making body with responsibility for among others:-
  formulation of policies for proper governance of the Institute;
  approving her programmes and budget;
  ensuring adequate funding for ARMTI and proper management of the Institute's finance.
 
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2006 Agricultural & Rural Management Training Institute, Nigeria