Inventors Assured Of Pavilion At 2nd South-South Agric Expo
Agricultural inventors have been assured of a special pavilion during this year’s Second South-South Agricultural Expo and Summit that will take place at the Ibom Hall grounds, Uyo from November 11 to 15.
The lead organizer of the annual agricultural event who is also the managing director of Tafric Invest Nigeria Limited, Mr Ubon Israel, an engineer, made the disclosure during a facility visit to the five metric tonnes Cassava Processing Mill, Nung Udoe, Ibesikpo Asutan by Agricultural Engineering students of the Akwa Ibom State University and that of the University of Uyo, facilitated by the officers of the Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE), Akwa Ibom Chapter.
Israel explained that the provision of a special pavilion for innovators or inventors during the agric expo with the theme, Repositioning Agriculture For Sustainable Economic Development, was a way of exposing their works of art to the outside world for recognition and patronage.
The managing director advised the students and inventors to put up appearance at the agric expo and exhibit their products to enhance the growth and development of agriculture in the country.
The agric expo and summit, he said, was meant to promote and popularize agriculture for the purpose of encouraging the growth of industrialization and food sufficiency in the South South Region in particular and Nigeria generally.
He commended the leadership of the NIAE in the state for having the interest of the engineering students at heart through the facility visit to his company and wished them well.
The state chairman, NIAE, Mr Augustine Ubong, an engineer, said he decided to visit the cassava processing mill along with his officers and students in the Department of Agricultural Engineering from UNIUYO and AKSU for them to have first hand information of the operations of the company.
He thanked the management of the company for accepting them along with the upcoming engineers for the visit, assuring that efforts would be geared towards exposing more of the Agricultural Engineering students to practical work experience.
Miss Iniemem Ndueso of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) noted with delight that the visit has made it possible for her and her colleagues to gain practical knowledge on the operations of the cassava processing mill.
Ubong Edet of the Department of Agricultural Engineering in the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), said he was impressed with the standard of facilities at the mill, expressing optimism that the experience would help them in their academic work.