Recently,an international research group, led by a Professor of Plant Physiology at the Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Professor Clement Adeboye, won its second grant of about $4.45m (N900 m) from the Canadian Government’s International Development Research Centre to boost indigenous vegetable production in Nigeria and Benin Republic.
Disclosing the details of the award, at a press conference in Osogbo, the acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Jelili Oguntola, noted that the project would boost indigenous vegetable production and support the School Feeding Programme of the State of Osun (OMEALS) through the formation of Young Vegetable Scientists Clubs in selected secondary schools.
Prof. Oguntola stated that the research was expected to introduce new technologies of growing indigenous vegetables to about 50,000 farmers in South-West Nigeria, including Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara and Lagos States, and Benin Republic.
The project, he said, would also contribute towards ensuring food security and economic development for farmers who would be involved.
Prof Adeboye is a German Humboldt Scientist Alumni Award winner.