The newly opened Geo-Farm Centre in the University of Lagos (UNILAG),
will improve quality of life, minimise the impact of climate change and harmonious ecosystem.
Dr Vide Adedayo, Coordinator of UNILAG Geo-Farm in the Department of Geography, made this known on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Adedayo said it would guarantee food security by ensuring that members of the university community and its environs have easy access to freshly healthy foods, and non synthetic garden inputs.
She said that the farm would also provide places for mini composting activities and farm tours to students.
According to her, this is a non-chemical, non-synthetic and non-Genetically Modified (GMO) farm established in September last year by the Department of Geography, University of Lagos.
“It is for teaching, research and to also provide agricultural community services to the university and its environs.
“It offers garden services, ornamental flowers, fresh exotic and indigenous vegetables and herbs,” she said.
Adedayo, also a lecturer in the Geography Department, said it became imperative to initiate the demonstration farm to praticalise Agriculture Geography for the undergraduates, to properly equip them with technical know-how.
She said there was need for students to go on-hands and learn the practical technicalities of cultivation to guarantee their future after graduation.
Earlier, Prof. Olufunlayo Bammeke, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, had said at the launch that the initiative was as a result of research put into practical.
Bammeke, represented by Dr Bola Amaike, Head of Department, Sociology Department, said the way to go with research was to ensure it was balanced with its intended purpose.
“This initiative is marrying theory with practical. These are lecturers putting into practice what had been taught in the classrooms.
“That is what research is all about; to improve lives of individuals and impact communities directly, and that is what the Unilag Geo-Farm is about and it is commendable,” Bammeke said.
Also, Prof. Olatunji Babatola, Head of Geography Department, Unilag said the demonstration farm was a proof that Geography has a dualised function. (NAN)