UNN, Hightech to empower youth on mechanised farming
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.