FUNAAB lauds The Guardian for supporting food security
Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Felix Salako, has commended Guardian Newspapers Limited, publishers of The Guardian, for supporting intellectualism, national development and food security efforts.Speaking during a courtesy visit to The Guardian corporate headquarters, the don canvassed a cordial relationship between science and humanity.
According to him, any scientific effort that does not solve human challenges by impacting positively on the society is nonsensical. “We are here to recognise The Guardian as a newspaper no one can brush aside. We commend the newspaper for promoting intellectualism. As a university, we believe that we should make positive impact on the society,” the VC said.
Progress made by the university, Salako noted, include extensive research into cassava value chain, technology development, extension service manpower development, and recently the development of an improved variety of a local chicken approved by the National Variety Release Committee of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN).
The chicken grows better, yields more meat and adapts easily to the tropical ecology of the country, making it one of the best for poultry farmers in Nigeria, he added.
Responding to concerns on genetically modified crops, Salako said that Nigeria had to choose between feeding about 200 million people and eating organic foods.
What people claim to be organic foods, according to him, are not really organic, as the environment is not conducive to produce organic food in the country.
Editor of The Guardian (Daily), Mr. Abraham Ogbodo, said that the newspaper had been in the forefront of reporting agriculture, and commended the academia for making efforts to link research findings to societal challenges rather than for academic promotions.Mr. Martin Oloja of the editorial board advised FUNAAB to invest in the public relations (PR) unit, to promote cordial relationship between the gown and the town.
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