The Australian Government has offered to partner with Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State in agriculture and mining.
The Australian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jonathan Richardson handed down the decision during a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Bamitale Omole.
Richardson who uncovered the readiness of his home government to partner with the institution emphasized the importance of the university to the overall success of the programme.
He explained that the programme will make use of the 1,240 hectares of teaching and farm land of the University for the implementation of mechanized farming to boost food production for the country.
According to a statement released by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju said that under the programme, the farm land will be put to judicious use for the implementation of the mechanized farming for mass production of food.
Richardson commended the university management for having a curriculum that made it compulsory for the part four (4) students of the Faculty of Agriculture to be on the farm, thus exposing them to the beauty and gains of farming, thereby sharpening their entrepreneurial skills.
Daily independent News – culled from http://dailyindependentnig.com/2015/06/australia-government-partners-oau-agriculture-mining/