In line with the need to boost food production in the country, the Australian Government has proposed a partnership with the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State for the implementation of mechanized agriculture on its premises.
Disclosing the intention of his government during a courtesy visit to the University Vice Chancellor – Professor Bamitale Omole. the Australian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jonathan Richardson stated the decision was made based on the importance of the university to the overall success of the programme.
According to a statement released by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju the 1,240 hectares of teaching and farming land of the university under the programme, will be put to judicious use for mass production of food.
In commendation of the university management, Richardson acknowledged the inclusion of compulsory farm activities for the year four (4) students of the Faculty of Agriculture in the curriculum, thus exposing them to the beauty and gains of farming, as well honing their entrepreneurial skills.