Thursday, 24 May 2012

German Institute offers Osun Youth training in Agric.

The Government of the State of Osun has been offered opportunity to train its youths in agricultural specialties by a German-based Institute for farm settlement.
This offer was made on Tuesday on the second day of the working visit by a delegation led by the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to the German state of Saxony Anhalt.

According to a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the state of Osun was offered an opportunity to train some of her youths in agricultural specialties such as agricultural management, modern farming techniques, agricultural machine maintenances and genetic training for specialists.

On Tuesday, the delegation visited the State Research for Agricultural Training and Practical Demonstration Centre for Animal Preparation in Iden, a village in Saxony Anhalt, Germany.

The team was received by the Director of the Institute, Dr. Gerd Heckenberg, who gave governor Aregbesola and his delegation the opportunity to visit the various units of the Institute ranging from, milk product, modern piggery, wild game breeding antelopes, gestating cows of different age calves and new born, bio- energy production unit, farm simulation laboratory and the technical education workshop on agricultural machinery units.

In the institute, the course duration for students is three years. The structure of the curriculum is a combination of training and real life working experience. There are 2000 students enrolled.
The school was established in 1722 as a private farm settlements and run as a private farm as such until the Second World War, before it was taken over by the Russians whilst under communist control of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). 

 It was later turned into active center of excellence for farm training.  The center is located on a 1200 Hectares of land of which 500 is devoted as foliage.

On the delegation with the Governor is the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Wale Adedoyin; Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare; Mrs. Folake Adegboyega; Special adviser to the Governor on Rural Development, Mr. Kunle Ige; Coordinator of the Quick Impact Intervention Programme, Mr. Dele Ogundipe.

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