As part of its strategic development plan and in consonance with its community development ethos, the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), has jumpstarted a 3000-capacity breeder’s pen. At the foundation laying ceremony of the pen situated close to the University hatchery, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, said that the major aim of the breeders’ farm was to boost the capacity of the university in teaching and research and to also meet the growing daily needs of Day Old Chicks (DOC) in Ondo and neighboring states.
He said the pen would boost FUTA’s capacity in research and training of students and interested farmers in the production and health of chickens and eggs, an integral part of the curriculum of Animal Production and Health, which is a course of study in the University’s School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, SAAT.
According to Professor Fuwape, livestock business, especially rearing chicken, is a time-bound venture that does not necessarily need bureaucracy and protocol.
He called on the University’s Business Development Company to effectively run and manage the pen, upon completion, so as to encourage investors, and sustain business relationship with them. He added that SAAT will use the pen to build capacity and knowledge in stakeholders and students when it eventually takes off in a matter of months.
He said students and lecturers will also use the farm for learning and research purposes.
Speaking earlier, the Dean, SAAT, Professor Taiwo Amos, said the project is a fall out of requests from investors within and around Akure and the determination to improve on teaching and research facilities in the School. He said the project is in phases, with phase one targeted to produce about 2,000 eggs per day and 10,000 per week. He assured on early completion, having gotten financial approval from the management. Nigerian Tribune