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FUNAAB received a pledge of support from German Consul General.

The German Consul General to Nigeria, Weert Borner, has mulled possible collaboration with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State towards bolstering agricultural innovations that will aid sustainable food production in the country

Advocating for a global alliance for food security, Borner stressed the need for urgent action, pointing out that while the German government and the United Nations have provided aid in food supplies, it’s imperative to seek sustainable solutions for long-term development and prosperity.

According to a statement on Saturday, the consul general disclosed this during his visit to the university.

He spoke in a lecture titled “Nigeria-German Cooperation: Improving Food Security Through Sustainable Agriculture.”

The statement partly read, “Borner underscored the critical importance of addressing food security, education, and housing, while also highlighting the pressing issue of climate change, which demands global attention and concerted efforts.

“He particularly stressed the significance of enhancing fertilizer production with renewable energy sources, foreseeing substantial advancements in agricultural output through innovative approaches”.

Highlighting the priority placed by the German government on Nigerian-German cooperation in food security, the Diplomat referenced high-level visits to Nigerian authorities, including the President and Commander in Chief, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR to foster agricultural collaborations.

According to him, the aim was to further discuss agricultural-related issues and ensure economic stability.

He noted his discussion with the government had centred on three major areas of improving agricultural technology, innovations and making agriculture a business as well as fostering rural development by improving the energy infrastructure.

The diplomat observed the many inherent benefits of cassava, ranging from the skins and the outer layers which could be used for many purposes, adding that a possible area of partnership was how to improve the productivity of cassava.

Besides, he also noted the ongoing partnerships aimed at establishing Trade Fairs focused on agro-food, slated to commence on March 26.

Commending the inviting ambience of FUNAAB, Borner likened the university to a flourishing garden.

He however decried the dilapidated road from Camp to the University Gate, adding that the intra-campus road and aesthetics were soothing relief.

Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde expressed gratitude to Mr. Borner and his wife for their visit, saying it symbolised the enduring partnership between Germany and FUNAAB.

He emphasised the University’s commitment to fostering collaboration through initiatives such as faculty exchanges, joint research endeavours and integration of contemporary agricultural technologies into the curriculum.

The acting Registrar, Oluwatoyin Morufat Dawodu appreciated the German Consul General for the enriching Public Lecture, adding that the University was hopeful this would be the start of good things between FUNAAB and the German government.


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