Faculty Marks First Agriculture Day

The role of cooperatives in sustainable agricultural development took centre stage at the First Agricultural Day celebration organized by the Faculty of Agriculture as part of activities that marked the World Food Day which is celebrated globally every 16th October.
Speaking on the theme: Agricultural Cooperatives-Key to Feeding the World, Keynote Speaker, Professor NimbeAdedipe highlighted the global benefits of cooperatives in agricultural development, as well as the concepts and practices of cooperatives as mechanisms for sustainable agriculture.Adedipe, who was former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, said: “The Faculty of Agriculture has what it takes to use the cooperative framework to reach remote communities for enhanced food production”.
Welcoming guests to the University, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ajienka, said that the University's celebration of the 2012 World Food Day was to create a common ground for the theoretical and experimental knowledge generated by the academia to assist in the production of food by farmers to feed the increasing populace and even for export to generate income for farmers.
In her remarks, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Professor Love Akonye, noted that the first Agriculture Day was intended to showcase the pivotal role of farmers and agricultural scientist in the socio-economic life of the world community in ensuring food security and proper nutrition. “It is my desire that this Faculty would be ranked as one of the best Centres of Excellence in Agricultural research and entrepreneurship in the country”, she told the gathering of experts, farmers, staff and students of the university.
In his goodwill message, Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Honorable Timothy Nsirim, represented by Mr Prince Ogbonna commended the Faculty for localizing the World Food Day celebration to include actual farmers, who produce the food consumed in urban areas of the country. He pledged the Council's willingness to partner the Faculty to boost food production in the State.
Highpoint of the event which featured agricultural exhibitions, expository lectures, an interactive forum, excursion to agro-tourist centre and award of prizes, was launching of the maiden edition of the Faculty's Journal; African Journal of  Agriculture, Technology and Environment (AJATE).

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