- April 03, 2023
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE WITH FARM EQUIPMENT, OTHERS
Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, FMARD, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has pledged to support Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo, with farm equipment, accessories, Grants to enhance Economic Growth, Food and Nutrition Security amongst others.
Abubakar made the pledge during a courtesy visit by the Acting. Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Christopher Eze and his team to his office in Abuja.
He said that Agriculture was of great importance and cannot be separated from Environmental Sciences pointing out that Agriculture was no longer about food only but now a business and indeed the bases of all other businesses, noting that most of the foreign exchange earnings, infrastructures before now had been raised through Agriculture.
He therefore assured that the Ministry would work with the University to boost the socio economic development of the country.
The Minister, however, promised to visit the University before the end of his tenure.
In his remarks, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Services, Prof. Christopher Eze commended the Minister and Management staff for their laudable programmes and achievements.
Eze pointed out that the dwindling State Government resources and inadequate facilities had caused the University to operate with serious challenges and this explained their quest for assistance.
He therefore sought the support of the Ministry in the areas of Farm Equipment, Gender advocacy grants for girl-child and rural women development, Research grants for various areas in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of a book on environment authored by the Ag. Vice Chancellor to the Hon. Minister.