The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) has flagged off the construction of a 3000 capacity breeders’ pen. The new project, according to the university’s vice-chancellor, Joseph Fawape, will boost the capacity of the university in teaching and research and to also meet the growing daily needs of day-old-chicks in Ondo and neighbouring states.
He said the pen would boost FUTA’s capacity in research and training of students and interested farmers in the production and health of chickens and egg, an integral part of the curriculum of Animal Production and Health, a course of study in the University’s School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, SAAT.
According to Professor Fuwape, livestock business, especially rearing chicken is a time-bound venture that does not necessarily need bureaucracy and protocol. He called on the University’s Business Development Company to effectively run and manage the pen on completion so as to encourage investors, and sustain business relationship with them.
He added that SAAT will use the pen to build capacity and knowledge in stakeholders and students when it eventually takes off in a matter of months. He said students and lecturers will also use the farm for learning and research purposes.
The Federal University of Technology, Akure founded in 1981 under a drive by the government of Nigeria to create universities that specialised in producing graduates with practical as well as theoretical knowledge of technologies. It is located in Akure, the capital city of Ondo State