Invasion Of Varsity Research Farms, Others By Herdsmen Threatens Nation's Food Security - FUNAAB VC - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Invasion Of Varsity Research Farms, Others By Herdsmen Threatens Nation's Food Security - FUNAAB VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta, Prof. Kolawole Salako has identified invasion of farmlands, including university research farms, by cattle herders as  major the problem facing farmers in the country.

Salako said if the challenges posed to farmers by the herders and their cattle could be addressed, the quest for food security and economic development would be achieved. 

 He made this disclosure while speaking on the topic, “Nigeria at 60: The Role of Agricultural Institutions in Nation Building” on an Independence Day SpecialLive programme, “Your Image,”  on OGTV, Abeokuta, according to the Head, Directorate of Public Relations, Linda Onwuka, in a release sighted by The Daily Crucible.

He noted that the cattle rearers and herders had destroyed many farmlands over the years, including research farms with its adverse effect on the image of the University. 

•Prof. Salako

This, according to him, tends to discourage individuals from going into crop farming. 

He then appreciated the intervention of the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Gbadebo, for speaking with the Fulani community in Abeokuta; which had brought about change to the level of the menace.

 Speaking on the Universities of Agriculture engaging in mass food production, the Vice-Chancellor said that the core mandate of such specialised universities is not to fully engage in mass production of food, but to engage in agricultural research. 

However, he said on the part of FUNAAB, the University had been able to produce some cash crops such as maize, cassava among others and sell to its immediate environment under the Odeda Local Government axis. 

 “We are involved in food production, but not to the extent of feeding the whole of Ogun State, if we get the support from the government, we can do that,” he added.

Speaking on staff development in the University, the Vice-Chancellor noted that under his watch, over 217 staffers had been trained under the auspices of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). 

He said that in order to support further development of staff, the University does encourage staff that wish to acquire further academic and professional qualifications, to embark on such. 

On managing the various University based unions, Prof. Salako said “It has always been dialogue”, noting that he always tell the unions during dialogue what he can afford to do. He emphasised that there is always a solution for every problem during dialogue, where both parties would have to sit down and agree, but “We have to be sincere to ourselves,” he added.

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