Mobile seed processing unit, boom sprayers, fertiliser spreaders and rigger, are some of the farming equipment the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has provided for its College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS) and the Community- Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS).
Handing over the equipment, which also include harrows, plough, cassava harvester and a crane loader, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kolawole Salako, said it was part of the management’s resolve to promote productivity and enhance efficiency.
Salako said the mobile seed processing unit equipment was acquired with the support of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
“Being under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, this is one of the good things we are enjoying in terms of capital fund and we have dedicated money to the purchase of this Mobile Seed Processing Unit due to the request from the Department of Plant Breeding and Seed Technology. I am only hoping we use all these things efficiently and effectively,” he added.
Handing over the equipment to the Dean, COLPLANT, Prof Mufutau Atayese, Salako said, “COLPLANT would oversee the equipment and also be ready to make it available to those who need it without compromising on security.”
The Vice-Chancellor also handed over Boom sprayers, Fertiliser spreaders, Rigger, Harrows, Plough and Cassava Harvester to the Director, DUFARMS, Mr. Joseph Olobashola and Director, COBFAS, Prof. Sunday Adigbo with a charge to put them to good use.
Responding, Atayese thanked the Management for the equipment, saying they could generate income for the university.
“On behalf of the Department, we assure the Vice-Chancellor and Management that it will be used effectively and not misused. Also, its mobile and we will look at the probability of making some money with the permission of the Management because we may have people who need it from outside the system, so we can hire it out,” he said