UNN, Hightech to em­power youth on mech­a­nised farm­ing

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Chidimma C. Okeke

The Uni­ver­sity of Nige­ria, Nsukka (UNN) has signed a pact with Hightech Sys­tem Ltd to em­power un­der­grad­u­ates on agro mech­a­niza­tion ini­tia­tive to de­velop their skills and pre­pare them for a fu­ture in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

The pact, which was done un­der the Higher In­sti­tu­tion Trac­tor­iza­tion Ini­tia­tive (HITI) is to help de­velop agri­cul­ture and re­struc­ture agro-busi­ness plat­forms through in­no­va­tion via aca­demic, in­dus­try and gov­er­nance part­ner­ship.

Speak­ing at the event in Abuja, the Trans­ac­tional Ad­viser to the HITI, Ike Wil­lie Nwobu said the part­ner­ship will help stu­dents and other stake­hold­ers in the trans­fer of knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy for ma­chined-en­abled farm prac­tice.

Nwobu said the ini­tia­tive keyed into fed­eral govern­ment’s Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to in­vest in Nige­ri­ans.

“It would pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for our young peo­ple to ex­cel and re­al­ize them­selves which will in ad­di­tion to de­vel­op­ing their skills and em­pow­er­ing them will also re­duce restive­ness and mil­i­tancy,” he said.

The Vice Chan­cel­lor of UNN, Prof. Ben­jamin Chuk­wuma Ozumba said, “While pro­vid­ing a ma­jor so­lu­tion to one of our food se­cu­rity chal­lenges, stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to serve as ex­ten­sion staff, learn in prac­ti­cal terms and con­trib­ute to their im­me­di­ate com­mu­ni­ties while earn­ing good money at same time,” he said.

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