It was a Bumper harvest of equipments and machinery as Professor Kolawole Salako—led Administration handed over working tools to the University Community-Based farming Scheme (COBFAS), Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS) and the Directorate of Environmental Management (DEM).
Explaining the rationale behind the purchase of the equipment, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Salako noted that, “as a University of Agriculture, such is needed to get our work done in the modern way”.
He said the equipment will help the University with farming, training and exposing our students to technological advancement.
According to him, “you don’t expect we do things manually and I tell you that these are not all we have in Mechanization, there are different automated machines for different activities but we are advancing”.
Talking about the Mower and Cutter purchased for the Directorate of Environment, the Vice-Chancellor said, “I don’t even think they are enough because we are talking about at least 5 hectares that they have to maintain and that is difficult to do manually and it’s still difficult to handle with these”.
Prof. Salako added that the University campus is large, stressing that with the purchase of the equipment, work will definitely be faster.
He further noted that aside having a large Campus, the University receives a lot of encouragement from visitors, especially those coming for the first time, because they always say “your campus is beautiful”, adding that beauty is retained when you invest in this kind of thing. “So, it’s not a waste of money maintaining the environment”.
The Vice-Chancellor said that with the Tractor, Harvester and Planter, the students will benefit a lot, especially the Farm Practical Year (FPY) students.
Speaking on the maintenance put in place for the equipment, the Vice-Chancellor said, “Maintenance is something you have to deal with, there are people in the system who can handle maintenance”.
Also speaking the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Lateef Sanni noted that the University is moving towards Mechanized Farming, pointing out that the equipment is meant to teach the students how to embark on mechanization, promising that the University and its management will not rest on its oars in achieving more related feat.