The Ag. Head of the Department of Science Education, University of Ilorin, Dr. (Mrs.) M.A. Ahmed, has appealed to the management of the University to allocate some of its farmlands to the Agriculture Education Unit of the Department to enable it commence large scale farming.

This, according to her, will enable the Unit to contribute to the efforts to improve food security in the country and increase the country's foreign exchange earnings in an age where demand for crude oil is decreasing on account of the rise of investment in renewable energy sources.

Dr. (Mrs.) Ahmed, who made this appeal last Wednesday (April 4, 2018) at the 2017/2018 Sales of Agro Produce Programme held at the Science Education Laboratory of the Department, noted that the staff of the Agriculture Education Unit of her Department are highly committed to the practical aspect of their work as they are to the theoretical aspect.

The don also appealed for farming implements which will enable the Department to venture into large scale mechanised farming in order to widen the experience and scope of the students of Agric Education and prepare them for the world of agricultural entrepreneurship in addition to other advantages.

In his remarks on the occasion, the Dean, Faculty of Education, Prof. N. B. Oyedeji, commended the Agriculture Education Unit of the Department of Science Education, recalling how he became a fish farmer close to two decades ago. 

Prof. Oyedeji urged the Department to keep the flag of entrepreneurship flying, saying, “I am pleased to be a part of this beautiful thing you are doing.In the past we sold fish to the public. The management was happy on that occasion and I am happy today. We appreciate your lab….beautiful, illustrative, educative…”

While commenting on contemporary trends in agriculture for the benefit of the students  at the event, the Coordinator of the Agriculture Education Unit of the Department of Science Education, Mr. K.O. Afolabi, noted that the agro sales programme is geared towards awakening the interest of Agriculture, educating students in the agriculture value chain from the pre-production stage to the storage and  marketing stage and also showing the opportunities available in the value chain and in agro allied businesses for entrepreneurs.  

In his remarks, the President of the Science Education Students Association, Mr.   Samuel Ojerinde, appreciated the Department for organising the programme and commended his colleagues for enduring the shuttle between two faculties and the farm.