LANDMARK UNIVERSITY ADVANCES COLLABORATION WITH NASRDA ON AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT VIA REMOTE SENSING APPLICATIONS

Just when Landmark University was still basking in the euphoria of her collaboration with the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on the use of space technology to advance her agrarian vision to new frontiers, Dr Kolawole Soyinka of NASRDA sensitized over 1000 students of the College of Agricultural Sciences on the advantages of remote sensing applications in agriculture during the lecture delivered commemorating the College’s 2017 Week celebration.

The NASRDA expert, Dr Soyinka, while delivering his lecture titled “Remote Sensing Applications in Agriculture: Enhancing Productivity” asserted that precision farming through remote sensing plays significant role in sustainable and productive agriculture. He described remote sensing generally as the use of satellite or aircraft based sensor technologies to detect and classify object on the earth without user’s physical interference. He noted that the smart device has the capacity to provide maximum coverage, relevant and reliable data gathering on the farm in order to increase the effectiveness of resource use, thereby reducing the risks in managing variability on the farm.

Optimizing the advantages of remote sensing on agricultural development, Dr Soyinka said the smart devices operative in remote sensing would give farmers control over the farming environment and machines, animal care and production, as well as food storage. According to him, the use of the remote sensing has no negative effect on either human or the environment but rather reduces the use of chemicals in agriculture and the risk of food poison. He then enthused that in a technologically driven 21st century, it becomes imperative for farmers in Nigeria desiring sustainable agricultural development to embrace this smarter approach that offers a myriad of potential benefits.

While underscoring the level of success of remote sensing applications in agriculture in the world which has culminated in the global research trends towards breaking more grounds in agriculture through the vast potentials in space technology, Dr Shoyinka revealed that NASRDA’s current research engagements focus on soil moisture and flood monitor.

Prior to the lecture, the Vice-Chancellor of Landmark University, Professor Aize Obayan while receiving Dr Soyinka in her office, expressed delight over the smart technology which she believed is non-negotiable for the actualization of the agro-revolution vision of the University. In substantiating her view, she recalled the NASRDA Director-General, Professor Saidu Mohammed said that space technology remains the only means to drive businesses and achieve better results during the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two institutions late last year. The Vice-Chancellor therefore noted that having a facilitator from the NASRDA platform was a confirmation of the Agency’s commitment to its promise to support the University in its drive to lead an agrarian revolution towards realizing food security in Africa.

While reiterating the University’s commitment to the MoU, she said the University is ready to look in the direction of the new vistas her partnership with NASRDA is opening up, noting particularly the domino effect on the University’s Degree programmes in agriculture and other affiliate programmes such as the Certificate and Diploma in Agripreneurship. She believed that the technology would remove drudgery from agriculture thereby making it more attractive most especially to the youth. The Vice-Chancellor therefore enthused the students to avail themselves of the opportunity the week celebration has brought their way in becoming smart agriculture practitioners and also called on faculty and staff of the University for concerted effort to make the University’s vision become a reality.