The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, in a meeting held in his office in Abuja, has directed governing council members of federal universities, to ensure agricultural students own farms.
Members of the governing councils of the universities, were directed to make it mandatory that graduating from any agricultural based institutions be based on 60 per cent of practical work and 40 per cent theory, and to also ensure that all 200 Level to final year students undergoing courses in agricultural related disciplines own a farm each.
Also, on Tuesday, the Federal Government said it would soon phase out social sciences from the academic programmes of federal universities of agriculture in the country.
He said, “The new agenda enjoins you to be more innovative and enterprising. In the new dispensation, every undergraduate must, and I repeat, must own a farm on campus from 200 Level. Graduation should be based on 60 per cent on practice and 40 per cent theory.”
“We are training high level young farmers who, even before graduating, should have started earning a living. We should be training graduates who should be going straight into production, with credit support from their Alma-Mata, produce chicken, eggs, goats, milk, set up meat laboratories, bake bread and above all produce and sell large quantities of high quality hybrid seeds.”
He said, “To achieve these milestones, you must find vice-chancellors who can drive the new agenda consistently and passionately. We will support you.”