Chris Steven, Abuja
Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture says all students of Agricultural universities in the country will be required to own a farm starting from their second year in school.
Ogbeh also directs the governing councils of all Federal Universities of Agriculture to ensure that the latest directive is implemented.
He adds that every bonafide student of Agricultural institutions in the country must own viable farmlands on campus from their 200-level till graduation.
Ogbeh disclosed this at a meeting with members of the Universities governing councils in Abuja.
He said: “Every undergraduate must- and I repeat- must own a farm on campus from 200 level.
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.”