CDA-BUK's Fresh from Farm Retail Outlet Commissioned
A retail outlet belonging to the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA) that will provide fresh vegetables and other farm produce for members of the University community and neighboring communities, was commissioned on Friday, 18th September, 2020.
The vegetables and other produce are being harvested from the CDA Research and Training Farm.
“This outlet will enormously benefit staff, students and other members of the neighboring communities with healthy and fresh vegetables on daily basis,” said the Vice Chancellor, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, who commissioned the retail outlet.
The Vice Chancellor noted that “we have started reaping the fruits of CDA Farm in which members of the University Community can get access to fresh farm produce without going outside the University.”
He congratulated the CDA for establishing the outlet and said that the University would borrow a leaf from the centre to establish its farm.
In his remarks earlier, the Director, CDA, Professor Jibrin Muhammad Jibrin, said the idea to establish the farm was conceived in 2014 aimed at exposing students with modern farming practices and facilities.
The Director explained that “a lot of problems were encountered in Nigeria for the establishment of research and training farm, as experts were brought from Brazil and Israel by various institutions to establish such gigantic projects, but usually they collapsed after a year due to lack of local expertise.
“We sought advice from different stakeholders and invited experts and professionals in the field who helped us to set up our farm,” the Director explained.
According to him, the farm was basically established for research and training purposes, but because of sustainability sake beyond the Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) project, the Centre embarked on commercial production.
The Deputy Director Outreach and Publication, Professor Amina Mustapha expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor, Principal Officers and all other staff of the University that attended the ceremony.