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Landmark varsity, NASRDA partner on use of space technology

By Bridget Chiedu Onochie, Abuja   |   27 October 2016   |   4:16 am

Professor Saidu Mohammed

Professor Saidu Mohammed

LandMark University (LMU), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), on the use of space technology to boost agriculture.
 
In the ceremony, which took place at the Space Centre in Abuja, the Director General of NASRDA, Saidu Mohammed, and the Vice Chancellor, Landmark University, Professor Aize Obayan, signed on behalf of their outfits.
   
Elated that Landmark was the first private tertiary institution to partner the agency on research development in the area of agriculture, the Obayan said the MoU would assist the institution in deploying technology from the agency to enhance capacity in agriculture.
 
She added that data gathered from the agency would also assist the institution in the areas of software, satelite, space application and agricultural development.  
 
She said: “We at LMU have a serious approach to driving agriculture. Food security is something we take seriously. We must do agriculture differently from the way it has always been done.
  
“To boost food security is beyond doing agriculture the way it has always been done, this is from a scientific, mechanised and automated perspective and as such, we need information about weather condition, we need information about the seasons and a lot of other issues that always arise in the course of agricultural development, and are controlled from the centres embeded in NASRDA. 
 
“This is very key as the university is looking at how to break new grounds in attaining new frontiers in agricultural development. The emphasis of government on agriculture now is central, considering that oil has failed the nation.” 

She further informed that, “There are possibilities of working towards setting up aero space engineering and space physics and these things that many universities are not offering right now. With all these in place, we are working towards what will make us a leading world-class university.”
 
Responding, the Director-General, NASRDA, Mohammed, stated that the agency would support the institution in its drive to develop agriculture.According to him, space technology remains the only means to drive businesses and achieve better results.


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