By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The 7th Governing Council of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State, has flagged off the second phase of the 2021 Farming Season for the College.
The Council Chairman, Hon Sekav Iyortyom, who led in the flag off at the College premises on April 28, called for the return of Green Revolution to ensure massive food production in the country.
He said the diversification of the nation’s economy through agriculture would strengthen development and guarantee food security in Nigeria.
Hon Iyortyom commended the College for the sixteen hectares of land which it cultivated in the first phase of the farming season, and for keying into the agricultural policy of the present Nigerian Government to ensure massive food production for local consumption and export.
For her part, the Provost, FCE (T), Umunze, Dr Tessy Okoli, said the College encouraged members of her staff to engage in agriculture as another income yielding venture for them.
Announcing the plans of the College to hold an agricultural exhibition in the near future, the provost revealed that over 500 staff members of the College participated in farming activities annually in the institution.
Dr Okoli, who worked with the FADAMA Project of the World Bank, said the College introduced other agricultural projects such as piggery, poultry, fishery and feed mill, in a bid to increase its internally generated revenue. She said the College farm exposed students to innovative agricultural activities as part of their practical training and encouraged them to key into the vast opportunities in agribusiness.
While conducting members of the Governing Council round the hectares of the farmland, the Farm Manager of the College, Dr Matthew Nwike, explained that the participating staff farmers had been taught modern agricultural practices to enhance their yields and income.
He said such included proper land preparation, using tractors; use of organic manure; improved varieties of seed; fertilizers and agrochemicals for weed control.
Nwike added that the College also helped the staff farmers to reduce the cost of production through the use of tractors.