The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Felix Kolawole Salako has been honoured with the distinguished award of Fellow of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN).
2Delivering a Goodwill Message at the Opening Ceremony of 42nd Annual Conference of SSSN, held at the Professor E. A. Adebowale Training Hall of IITA, Professor Salako stated that he was elated that the Conference was being held at a time the whole world was in dire need of sustainable measures that would combat the menace of climate change on agricultural productivity, in order to alleviate food insecurity.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, “If we must unleash the full potentials of Agriculture as the much-talked about panacea for economic growth and development, then sustainable soil and water resources management must be critically considered”.
He further stated that there must be a paradigm shift from traditional soil and water management technique to research that is based in knowledge-propelled soil quality.
Proffering solution to the challenges of food insecurity, the newly-inducted Fellow said that the Society must come up with proactive ways of mitigating the adverse effects of climate change on Agriculture.
Speaking earlier on the theme, “Sustainable Management of Soil and Water Resources for Food Security: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation”, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh (CON), who was represented by the Ministry’s Regional Director, South West, Dr. Adeniyi Ogunwale, noted Federal Government’s efforts at boosting agriculture through strategic economic recovery and sustained use of natural resources through soil, water and ecosystems.
The Minister stated that the private sector would be massively engaged through virile agricultural production and marketing, in addition to other human activities, taking cognisance of the future generations.
In his Welcome Address, the Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitayo Ogunbodede stressed that Nigeria was facing serious economic challenges, noting that the country must now look up to agriculture for economic diversification and sustainable development. Professor Ogunbodede who is also the Chairman, Governing Board of IAR&T further stated that “In order to produce optimally and sustainably, improvement of crop varieties should be above soil management.
Commenting on the approach to be adopted, Professor Ogunbodede said that it should include all components of agricultural production which was the target for technological advancement and sustainable crop production. According to him, “In the spate of climatic change and variability, there is need for proper management of soil and water to sustain productivity”.
In his Address, the President of the Society, Professor Victor Chude said that the theme of the Conference was carefully chosen to draw attention to the strong and complex nexus between soil degradation, climate change and food insecurity as a global challenge.
Professor Chude stressed that sustainable agricultural system must be integrated into Nigeria’s agenda to address climate change and variability, improve renewable fresh water supply and quality, restore degraded soils and ecosystems, as well as advance food security.
Noting the global challenges being escalated by increasing population and decreasing per capital arable land area, renewable fresh water supply, increasing frequency of extreme events, decreasing resilience of agro-eco systems and decreasing soil quality and use of inputs, Professor Chude stated that the trend could be reversed by implementing proven technologies such as conservation agriculture, sustainable soil and water management, nutrient management, precision agriculture and agro forestry systems.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of 2018 SSSN Fellowship Awards to Professor Kolawole Salako, Professor Mohammed Jubrin, Professor Abdulrahman Saminu, Professor Peter Ogban and Professor Damian Asawalam.
Present at the occasion were the representatives of Lagos and Oyo States Governors, Dr. Wale Onasanya and Professor Oluwasegun Adekunle, respectively and wife of the Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Mabel Salako.
Others were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Designate, Professor Morenike Dipeolu; Registrar, Dr. Bola Adekola; Deputy Registrar II, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Dawodu and several other Soil Scientists within and outside of the country.
Last Updated on May 16, 2018 by FUNAAB