Soybean: FUNAAB, USSEC to Collaborate

In an effort to boost Soybean production in the country, the University is collaborating with the United States’ Soybean Export Council (USSEC) for the production of Soybean, to curtail protein deficiency in Nigeria. FUNAAB, through the Agricultural Media and Extension Centre (AMREC), has the track-record of successful collaboration with Nestle Nigeria Plc on Soybean production in the South-West region of the country.

Receiving the USSEC team, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Felix Salako disclosed that the University has suitable land mass for Soybean cultivation, available training facilities and qualified personnel to execute the project. The Vice-Chancellor was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Morenike Dipeolu, who went down memory lane on the various landmark collaborations of FUNAAB, thanked the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oyo State, which actively supported the University in Soybean research, and cassava flash dryer development.

The Senior Director of USSEC, Mr. Ed Beaman said the primary responsibility of USSEC is to develop an emerging market for Soybean use, stressing that the US export body is the international marketing arm with offices in more than 70 different countries. He added that USSEC had embarked on the strategic vision, which led them to visit Nigeria and other countries. He lamented that protein deficiency is a huge problem in many developing countries and emphasised that the major reason for the intervention is to evolve ways of overcoming protein deficiency by creating a system of protein-pull through the value chain, stressing that USSEC would embark on information and media campaign to attain the desired goal.

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