OWERRI – The University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo, situated in Imo State, is taking bold steps to alleviate the food crisis in the region. The institution has initiated extensive cultivation on multiple hectares of land, planting, harvesting, and selling a variety of fruits, crops, and valuable trees to the local community.
The Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Christopher Chiedozie Eze, emphasized that the institution’s unique approach aims to reinforce government initiatives to increase agricultural production and mitigate the food shortage in the state.
Professor Eze listed breadfruit, avocados, oranges, pears, coconuts, and grapes among the range of crops being cultivated. He also noted that the harvested produce is offered at discounted prices to the public. Furthermore, the establishment of agroecological farms is underway to expedite food production.
The esteemed former Dean of Post Graduate Studies at the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Professor Eze, revealed that the university has fostered strong connections with the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to promote academic excellence, particularly in research.
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