CU Farm Set To Go Industrial In 2015
Covenant University Farm is set to go industrial, as the management of the University is poised to inject the necessary funds to drive its activities.
This great vision was made known by the Chairman of Covenant University Farm, Dr. Humphrey Adebayo, in a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles K. Ayo. According to him, the Farm is set for bumper harvest and greater things this year.
Dr. Adebayo added that the Farm has acquired more hectares of land in Igbesa and Okomi communities which are set for production of Cassava, Palm Oil and Plantain. The land has started making profit for the University.
The Chairman, CU Farm further stated that the Farm would venture into the production of Plantain flour which has several uses. He stated that the introduction of a website, which is about to be launched, would further enhance the marketing of the farm products to residents of the community and beyond.
The Farm is also ready for the mass production of fruits such as Watermelon. Owing to the success of the pilot watermelon project that took only 45 days to be ready for harvest, the Farm is ready for full scale watermelon production.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles K. Ayo, lauded the efforts of the CU Farm personnel in helping the University to attain its goal of being in the league of world leading universities by the year 2022.
According to him, CU Farm is a model, not just for the private universities, but also for the Federal Government, who must try to make all Nigerian universities institutionalise the creation of model farms as source of income generation. He also cited the example of land grants, which the white masters bequeathed to the African-Americans during the black struggle years. Though it was meant to make things difficult for the blacks, it led to the great agricultural strides of Universities like Texas A&M and others in the United States of America. Such a model should be pursued to drive agricultural development in the country.