BISHORPS LTD TO PARTNER FUTMINNA ON AGRICULTURE

 

The CEO, Bishorps Ltd, Mr. Bakare Akinbode made this known on Wednesday, August, 8, 2018 at the Vice-Chancellor’s Conference Room, Main Campus.

Speaking during the meeting, Mr. Akinbode said that the company is a project management company with special emphasis on managing agricultural projects, creating an agro business park to integrate the operations of existing farmers and creating a sustainable and eco-friendly agricultural sector through value based supply chains and inclusive commercial business.

According to him, the company have formed strategic partnership with local and international agro-business development organizations to promote adoption of sustainable agricultural business model in Nigeria and they use co-operative organizational structures to promote investments and partnerships between the private sector and the local farmers in order to reduce the negative environmental and social impacts of farming, hence, they are friends to investors and farmers.

The current agricultural programmes, he disclosed, are focused on developing commodity-based farm support structures with underlying objective of developing new ways to increase local farm productivity/income while consuming available natural resources.

“In partnering with the University the company would need some hectares of land to be able to carry out its projects and it would also be an avenue to train students on how to operate the machines and engage the students as extension officers,” he said.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, acknowledged the interest shown and expressed his excitement over what he heard about them because, Management has been discussing on the possibilities of inviting stakeholders to partner in the utilization of the University’s land.

He pointed out that the University’s Main Campus is cited on 10,650 hectares of land and the Management has had problems of encroachment and as long as the land is not in use, there will always be that problem.

The VC noted that once the locals see that the land is in use and they are also involved in it, the better for the University as it has always been the desire of the Management to utilize the land for something very purposeful.

“The University is open to this initiative and it would be beneficial especially since it would involve the student because it will help them prepare when they eventually graduate from the University and for those that want to go into agriculture would achieve quite a lot,” he maintained.

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