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Importance of agriculture for youth stressed

03 September 2013, 18:05

Abuja - The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina, has urged the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to develop curriculum that would impact much-needed knowledge of agribusiness to emerging graduates.

He said this would afford students the opportunity to learn the practical aspect of what they are taught.

He made the call during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Obafemi Awolowo University on revamping the teaching of Young Entrepreneurship skills in modern agriculture.

The Minister further iterated that the need to sign MoU with the University was borne out of his discovery following a recent visit to the teaching and research farms of the institution that there is urgent need to return the farms to what they used to be.

“We are also looking at how the Ministry can partner with other Universities to revamp the facilities and infrastructure in their Teaching and Research Farms. This is because agriculture is practical and so the farm is fundamental for teaching people,” he said.

Adesina recommended that the NUC should work out a curriculum that would instil graduates from the Faculties of Business Administration and Agricultural Sciences with the capacity to run agribusiness.

“I believe it is fundamental that we should have the Faculty of Business Administration and Faculty of Agriculture work together to create a curriculum that would enable students to know a lot about agriculture, finance and investment, business management, marketing and the principles of trade because agriculture is a business,” he indicated.

The signing of the MoU is to formalise the partnership venture between the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Obafemi Awolowo University and to assist the institution revamp and rehabilitate its Teaching and Research Farms which were buoyant before the early 1980s.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Bamitale Omole, while appreciating the efforts of the Minister towards altering the backdrop of agriculture in Nigeria said that the occasion of signing of the MoU was a defining moment for the institution.

- CAJ News


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