LANDMARK UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES NEW PHASE OF RICE PRODUCTION, ADOPTS SAWAH ECO-TECHNOLOGY

LANDMARK UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES NEW PHASE OF RICE PRODUCTION, ADOPTS SAWAH ECO-TECHNOLOGY

The Vice-Chancellor, Landmark University reemphasized the commitment of the University to her vision of leading an agrarian revolution for the restoration of the dignity of the black man during the flag off of the new phase of rice production in the University. 

While noting the significance of the project to the actualization of the University’s vision, Professor Olayanju said it would not only be beneficial to the University but the nation at large. He noted that the University has identified and deployed the relevant technology and expertise which the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM) provides for the project. He further said that aside the production of rice, the staff of the University would be trained on the rice production technology and fabrication of machines in preparing the University as a training ground for farmers in the immediate environment. He, therefore, expressed appreciation to the proprietor base for the investment and the entire University community for the cooperation and support towards the kick off of the project.

The project coordinator, Dr Yinka S. Ademiluyi, who is the Director of Engineering, NCAM, Ilorin and National Coordinator, Sawah Eco-Technology for Rice Farming (SERiF), described the SERiF as a Japanese technology NCAM adapted to suit the sub-Sahara Africa. He added that the technology is eco-friendly and accessible to farmers of any scale with minimum scientist presence or interference. According to him, the type of land required for Sawah is lowland. While noting its water retention capacity and nutritional value to rice production, he established the high yield of rice production on lowland, juxtaposing that the effort that would generate two tons of rice production on upland, would generate 7 tons on lowland. He, therefore, guaranteed that with the Sawah technology, the minimum tonnage of rice production is 4 tons per hectare.

Furthermore, Dr Ademiluyi explained that the technology would be facilitated by the power tiller which is the only power driven tool that is effectively being used for Sawah activities currently especially in Nigeria and Ghana. The power tiller has the capacity of ploughing, puddling, levelling, bund making, canal digging and smoothening. 

Among the members of Landmark University Management present at the launch were the Director, Landmark University Farms, Dr John Izebere; Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, Professor Charity Aremu; Ag. Dean, College of Science and Engineering, Dr J.O. Ojediran; HOD, Agricultural Sciences, Professor M. O. Bamiro; HOP, Soil & Crop Science, Dr. (Mrs) E.T. Alori; HOP, Agricultural Economics and Extension, Professor J. Akangbe; and HOD, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Dr. A. A. Okunola.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adeniyi Olayanju, operating the power tiller on the rice farmland.

A cross section of the University rice farmland

 

A group photograph of Members of Landmark University and NCAM with the power tiller during the flag off of the new phase of rice production in Landmark University

Engr (Dr.) Yinka S. Ademiluyi (R) introducing the Sawah Ecotechnology for Rice Farming to the University’s members of Management during the flag off of the new phase of rice production in Landmark University

 

 
 

 

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