FUOYE HOSTS FAO NIGERIA TRAINING


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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organized a workshop for members of academic staff from across the Universities of the Federation in Aquacrop titled, “Enhancing Crop Nutrition and Soil Water Management and Technology Transfer in Irrigated Systems for Increased Food Production and Income generation”.

The five day national training scheduled from 16th through 20th September, 2019 at the Faculty of Science conference room, Federal University Oye Ekiti, had in attendance the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, Dean of Faculty, Prof. Samuel Lawal, and other senior colleagues from Faculty of Agriculture.

Professor Soremekun in his brief opening remarks recognized the guest lecturer as an authority in Food Security, Professor Joost Wellens and appreciated him for beating all odds to honour the invitation extended to him. The Vice Chancellor stated the need for the University to necessarily link up with like- minded policies in the International system.

The Don lauded the ingenuity of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Fasina for attracting such a commendable program to the University. He enjoined Teachers and Researchers to keep a culture of ensuring that they give a global edge to the scholars in Federal University Oye Ekiti. He reaffirmed his administration’s readiness to incorporate a sustained collaboration with the University of Liege, a Belgian based University which specializes in tropical agriculture.

He equally charged the teachers to become dispensers of knowledge such that the knowledge gained from the training would be transferred to the students as well as aid research and most importantly, foster community service development.

Speaking at the opening session of the workshop, the guest lecturer, Professor Joost Wellens gave insights into the basic concepts and application of Aquacrop. According to him, Aquacrop entailed a crop growth model (software) developed by FAO’s Land and Water division to address food security and assess the effects of environment and management on crop production. It simulates the yield response of herbaceous crops to water and is particularly well suited to conditions in which water is a key limiting factor in crop production. He also said that Aquacrop is aimed at users in extension services, consulting firms, governmental agencies, NGO’s, Farmers association, Irrigation districts, Economists and Policy analysts in need of crop models for planning and assessing water needs and use of projects and regions.

Professor Wellens expressed strong optimism in their University’s readiness to accommodate partners from across African Universities by way of student exchange program. A synergy he corroborated would aid exchange of knowledge in Research and Data analysis.

 

 

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