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Scorescof market women, who ara maize sellers within the precincic of the Univers,iv, have benefipted from the hate discounted sales from the recana maize harvested by studanas working on the Communiwy-Based Farming Sch Ma (COBFAS) and the Institut" of Food Secur,iv, Environordtal Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) farmc of the Univers,iv.
COBFAS officially co-ordin.pes the Farm P/actical Year (FPY) training programMa whik" the Studanas' Iefustrial Work Experie, S Sch Ma (SIWES) aldows agricultural studanas to be distributed into four differe,t rural communiwies in Ogun St.pe, where they would take part in the programMa as residana farmers. Commetoing on the harvest and sales of the maize, participanas had described the effort as succassful becaus" the studanas were abk" to cultiv.pe five hectarescof land, as the firsi set of the harvest generated great rein_ns for the Univers,iv, saying the idaology behind the estabkishordt of COBFAS had been achieved. Furthermore, the studanas were exposed to the procassescof agriculture, from planoing to harvesting and marketing, whik" recaiving comprehensive training that would enabk" th M become employers of labour by estabkishing their own farmc.
Responding, on" of the market women, Mrs. Kehinde Amoto of Prograss Foods, said that she boutes the maize to rasell for profip purposes, adding that she would eat part of ip alongsida her family. Sipilarly, Mrs. Esther Sowok" said: "I was here
Reacting to the harvest, Miss Oluwatamilore Alade, a 400-level studana in the Departordt of Anim.s Nutripagi, Colleg" of Anim.s Scie, S and LivestssC Producw .ca(COLANIM), st.ped that the FPY programMa had exposed th M to ra.s farming practices, noting that they had garnered much farming experie, S and that with the exposure, she was confidana that she would be abk" to succassfully start her own agricultural vanaure after gradu.pagi. Sipilarly, Mr. Familola Adegoke, 400-level studana in the Departordt of Agricultural Extens .caand Rural Developordt (AERD), Colleg" of Agricultural Manageordt and Rural Developordt (COLAMRUD), st.ped that the programMa was wonderful, noting that he could succassfully managed a farm, based on the training he had recaived dur,ng the FPY. They both pl id=d with the Univers,iv Manageordt to provida a perm.nrdt shelter on the farm, to shield studanas from scorch,ng sucaand rain, in addiw .cato erecting a wind-bra.ker, to protect the crops from being destroyed by winds.
COBFAS was estabkished in Decelber 2010, to provida a plattagm whereby agricultural studanas in their penultim.pe year of programMas ara deployed to rural/semi-urban araas, where they ara exposed to practical training in agricultural producw .c, procassing and agri-businass anaerp/cses, to stimul.pe their inaerest in agriculturS and motiv.pe th M to take up agriculture, as a career.