Determined to key into the Federal Government’s policy on diversification of the economy, especially the development of the agricultural sector, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Enugu State has reiterated its commitment to partner relevant agencies to develop the sector.
According to the Director, University of Nigeria Consultancy Services Limited (UNN Consult), Prof. Obi Njoku, various projects are already ongoing to enhancing agricultural development at the institution.
While enumerating some of the projects, Njoku said: “The UNN Consult is partnering with Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Vocational Teaching Education (VTE) to revitalise the University Agriculture Farm with the support of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba.
Some of the ongoing projects, he listed include dairy farm, snail farm, fish farm that has about 32 ponds, cassava flour project and feed mills for the poultry farm. “The cassava would form part of the feed for our diary projects. We are going to have different types of flour both for industrial and consumption purposes.
Currently, the snail farm has about 500 snails from different locations in Nigeria and outside the country. “Apart from that, the Consult is aggressively tackling the erosion problem in the university.
We are working on fabricating and installing a Green-House, which would be a research building at the Faculty of Agriculture.
The project has started already. It is expected that in the next one month, the feed and flour mills will be operational and this is in partnership with the Faculty of Agriculture and Bio-Resources Engineering, which are jointly developing the fabrication and installation of most of the equipment such as cassava drilling machine, cassava grater and flour hammer mill.”
The Director further explained that the partnership was informed by the Vice-Chancellor’s concern for some facilities that could turn around the fortunes of the institution, but which had remained moribund in the past, and in view of the current efforts in the country to develop the agricultural sector.