FUTA Vice-Chancellor flags off Farming Practical for 200 Level Students
Students of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA have been urged to engage in agricultural activities as a vocation that can be built on and which could also to contribute to the country's food security efforts. The Vice-Chancellor of FUTA, Professor Adenike Oladiji, gave the charge at an event to flag off this year's Crop Soil and Pest Management practical , CSP 210, a compulsory course for all 200-level students of the University.
While reiterating the importance of crop production and pest management to food security, Professor Oladiji pleaded with the students to remain committed to the aims and objectives of CSP 210, which focus on general agricultural practices. She emphasized that the knowledge and experience gained from the course will be vital in making them self-reliant, in line with the motto of the University, adding that "if you cannot feed yourself, you cannot be self-reliant."
The Vice-Chancellor admonished the students to put all efforts into the practical training, promising to actively participate in the program by acquiring and managing one of the allotted plots of land. She called on parents to encourage and support their wards to take part in the course, as it would not only equip them to function adequately in the field of agriculture but also in other areas of endeavor.
Also speaking at the flag-off event, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Taiwo Amos reinforced the academic importance of the course to other areas of discipline. He emphasized that the participating students across all departments of the University can add value by deploying their knowledge and expertise in their different courses of study towards improving agricultural practices in the country.
The Dean, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, SAAT, Professor Oluwatooyin Osundahunsi, said the University will provide farm inputs such as treated seeds, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, among others, to the students as part of the training. She stressed the need for the students to take the training seriously, as their performance will be graded at the end of the course.