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VC Advocates Fusion of Wisdom, Knowledge in Modern Farming Practices

Published On:

May 2, 2024

By Olasunkanmi Olajide & Olaoye Oyewole

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde has stressed the crucial role of wisdom and knowledge in contemporary farming endeavours in the ongoing quest for agricultural prosperity, particularly tomato cultivation in the Southwest.

This assertion came on Thursday, May 2, 2024, during a Day Capacity Building Training session for over 100 Tomato Farmers in Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The Training was facilitated by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), 2020/2022 Institution Based Research (IBR) Grant on Participatory Assessment of Good Agricultural Practices on Growth and Yield of Tomato in collaboration with the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

Prof. Kehinde, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Prof. Kola Adebayo, underscored the symbiotic relationship between wisdom, knowledge, and agricultural success.

He emphasised that farmers should not only thrive in their craft but also enjoy the fruits of their labour, including the ability to indulge in luxuries and religious pilgrimages.

According to him, the key differentiator between profitable and non-profitable farmers lies in their application of wisdom and knowledge.

Acknowledging the support of TETFund in facilitating the Training programme, Prof. Kehinde highlighted the pivotal role of research in FUNAAB’s mandate.

He noted that research not only enhances agricultural practices but also contributes to the broader knowledge base of farmers and citizens alike, albeit requiring adequate funding.

Turning his focus to the local context, Prof. Kehinde called for increased tomato production in the Southwest, challenging farmers to leverage available land and adopt modern cultivation techniques.

VC’s representative and the DVC, Development, Prof. Kola Adebayo with the Director, AMREC, Prof. Jacob Olaoye; Director, DRIP, Prof. Mutiu Busari; HoD, AERD, Prof. Petra Abdusalam-Saghir; PAR, DVC (Development)’s Office, Mrs. Folasade Giwa; other senior staff of the University, Facilitators and participants after the Opening Ceremony

He stressed the importance of disseminating research findings to empower farmers across Ogun State.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, urged participants to collaborate closely with resource persons, ensuring the mutual benefit of the Training.

Earlier in his Welcome Address, the Director, AMREC, Prof. Jacob Olaoye, delved into various training modules, stressing the abundance of tomato varieties viable for cultivation in the region.

The Director, Directorate of Research, Innovations, and Partnerships (DRIP), Prof. Mutiu Busari on his part noted the imperative of enhanced food production to meet the demands of a growing population, and also preserve for rainy days.

During the Training session, Prof. Olaoye delivered a paper titled “Concept of GAPs, Importance of Tomato Growing and Common Varieties in Nigeria.” Dr. Olanrewaju Oni gave a lecture on Land Selection and Preparation for Tomato Growing, Nursery Establishment, Management and Transplanting.

Mr. Joseph Fadeyi gave a discourse on Weeding, Pruning and Staking, Pest and Disease Management in Tomato Harvesting and Post-Harvesting, as well as Tomato Seed Production, while Dr. Jonathan Soetan spoke on Record Keeping and Gross Margin Calculation in Tomato production.

Highpoint was a field trip to experimental sites on campus which provided participants with practical insights into innovative farming practices.

Last Updated on May 6, 2024 by Olasunkanmi Olajide


  • Olasunkanmi Olajide

    Mr. Olajide is a seasoned professional with over a decade of expertise in the fields of Public Relations, Media and Communications. He currently holds the position of Assistant Director, Media.

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