By : Dayo Fasasi,
The Authority of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, has announced its partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA in processing mangoes and cashew.
Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, the Lautech vice chancellor, in his welcome address at the convocation lecture of the university in Ogbomoso stated that the institution is ready to partner with the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the United States of America on processing of mangoes and cashew which are produced in large quantities in Ogbomoso, where the lautech is located.
Prof. Gbadegesin, said that the University like to give back to the Ogbomoso community.
” We all know that Ogbomoso mangoes are sought after in places like Lagos, Ibadan and others. If it is not Ogbomoso mango, people believe such mango is not original.
” We realized that mangoes are in season now but a large number of them perish, so also cashew and we have to do something to add value to them.
” Some delegates of the Wisconsin- Stout, led by Prof. Femi Adekola, the Dean, College of Management, University of Wisconsin-Stout, are here to discuss how to add value to these fruits” Prof. Gbadegesin said.
Femi Adekola in his speech said that the University of Wisconsin-stout is keen to have the collaboration sealed.
“One of the things we are here to do is to explore this area for collaboration with other universities to explore this area in other to add value to these resources. The Faculty of Agricultural Science and the Department of Food Sciences and Engineering and those in Chemical Engineering are also trying their best to collaborate in this area.” he said