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French Govt, FUNAAB To Collaborate On Academic Exchange, Others

                

          
From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The Federal University of Agriculture(FUNAAB), Abeokuta, Southwest Nigeria,  and the Government of France are working on collaborating in the areas of agricultural development and academic exchange. 

This was disclosed when the Regional Agricultural Counsellor for Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo at the French Embassy, Dr. Sonia Darracq, visited the Management of FUNAAB last week.

Sonia, who was received by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kolawole Salako, expressed her interest in collaborating with FUNAAB, noting that the French Government would be happy about it.

The Regional Agricultural Counsellor said that there were various avenues where such relationship could be worked out. 

The envoy, however, identified the preferred areas such as academic exchange, technical educational development, and aquaculture, among others. 

She noted that the African Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE), domiciled in the University, would be relevant in the scheme of things.

She added that within six months after being appointed as the Agricultural Counsellor at the French Embassy, she had found out that Nigeria had a lot to offer.

"I am here to understand you, and be able to attract French companies and institutions to Nigeria," she said.

Responding, Prof. Salako said "FUNAAB is always eager to have productive collaboration," expressing the readiness of the University to do what is right and needful.

 "We need a lot of collaboration in the areas of livestock and ranching," he said.

The Vice - Chancellor noted that  the University was eager to go into ranching and expanding the existing hectarage of land for cultivation.

He also explained to the French representative, the mandate of the University, and the workings of CEADESE, Industrial Park Unit (IPU), and the Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS). 


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