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    COMMUNITY SERVICE: FUOYE VC LEADS CHARGE FOR AGRIBUSINESS IN EKITI

    By Adebola ADERIBIGBE and Wole BALOGUN

    Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, the Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, delivered an impactful address at a one-day retreat hosted by Agbeyewa Farms Limited on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at the Ikogosi Warm Springs. He highlighted the pressing need for agricultural revitalization in Ekiti State.

    Addressing a diverse audience comprising traditional leaders, government officials, stakeholders, and representatives of Agbeyewa Farms Limited, Prof. Fasina expressed deep concern over the declining interest in agriculture among the youth and emphasized the challenges confronting the sector in Ekiti State.

    The Vice-Chancellor emphasized the necessity of reshaping the agricultural approach, advocating for the adoption of agribusiness principles to unlock the state’s full agricultural potential. He identified specific crops with significant opportunities for value addition and economic growth.

    Prof. Fasina highlighted the essential role of traditional rulers in advancing agricultural development within their domains. He urged for community audits to identify arable lands and natural resources, emphasizing the need for negotiations to address insecurity. Stressing the significant threat insecurity poses to Nigerian agriculture, he emphasized its critical resolution for national progress.

    Additionally, Prof. Fasina proposed concrete steps for a community-based collaborative security initiative rooted in collective awareness and shared knowledge. This initiative prioritizes peaceful coexistence with all stakeholders, emphasizing dialogue, knowledge-sharing, and community information volunteering to foster peace. Furthermore, he advocated for a strong partnership between state actors and local security networks to ensure robust community vigilance.

    Furthermore, he urged collaboration between traditional institutions and educational bodies to promote agricultural studies among the youth, nurturing a new generation of agribusiness leaders.

    In conclusion, Prof. Fasina commended the retreat organizers for initiating dialogue on this critical issue and urged sustained efforts to rejuvenate agriculture in Ekiti State. His remarks have sparked discussions on the urgent need for collective action to tackle the hurdles confronting agriculture and unlock its vast potential for both the state and the nation.

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