Omu-Aran (Kwara) – The Landmark University in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara, yesterday said it was committed to mechanised agriculture.
Prof. Enoch Adeowoye, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) of the university, told newsmen in Omu-Aran that the revolution was necessary to attract youths back to the farm.
He said that the institution was currently spearheading the training of youths in modern commercial agriculture techniques.
According to him, this is pursuant to an agrarian revolution for the nation to be self-sufficient.
The DVC also said that the university had embraced modern mechanised farming and realised the hard and boring nature of agriculture, which discourage the youths.
“The focus is on youths and they are being trained to become professional farmers and businessmen and women.
“The emphasis is on mechanised agriculture as a way of attracting the youths to become commercial farmers.
“Modern methods of agricultural production such as the use of tractors, ploughs, harrows, ridges, boom sprayers, herbicides, insecticides, fertilisers and improved seedlings are employed.
“We are developing our capacities very fast and we shall soon become a major training ground for youths in modern and commercial agriculture practices,’’ he said.
Adewoye disclosed to newsmen that the institution had cultivated 50 hectares of farmlands with maize, soya beans, sorghum and cassava.