The Nigerian agricultural sector suffered a major set-back as a result of the oil boom of the 1970s. One of the major steps taken by the government to put agriculture back on track was the establishment of Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs) across the nation. The need to develop human resources to manage these ADPs and other agricultural institutions led to the establishment of the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) as a parastatal of the then Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (FMANR) in 1980.
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.
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 management of the agricultural and rural sector in Nigeria.