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More than 100 hectares of land are to be cultivated by Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, for agricultural research and demonstration purposes following the collaboration that the university has concluded with the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA).
University spokeswoman Adanma Odefa told the Guardian yesterday that the development was the result of a memorandum of understanding that the two federal institutions signed on Tuesday at NALDA headquarters in Abuja less than one year after the vice-chancellor of MOUAU. , Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, has taken office.
She revealed that Iwe, who expressed his satisfaction with the memorandum of understanding, recalled that he, upon his inauguration as 6th vice-chancellor, announced that he would take the necessary steps to update the desire of the federal government to achieve food security status given the various advantages inherent in the economy.
The spokesperson revealed that the VC was, to begin with, clearing and using at least 50 hectares of land to affect research and demonstrate results, but that this became difficult due to its capital intensive nature and the shortage of funds, adding that he (VC) remained fearless as he continued his quest for partners and supporters.
NALDA Executive Secretary Prince Paul Ikonne described the signing of the MoU as an important step, expressing optimism that the expected successful implementation would have a more positive impact not only on agricultural research. but also on achieving food security, among other benefits for the country.