The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Wisconsin-Stout, United States of America on processing of mangoes and cashew which are produced in large quantities in Ogbomoso.
The Vice Chancellor of LAUTECH, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, said this in his welcome address at the convocation lecture of the university in Ogbomoso on Thursday.
The vice chancellor said the university decided to impact its host community by finding a way to preserve the fruits which were seasonal in order to add value to them.
He said, ” 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 recognise 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.
” The guest lecturer for 13th convocation lecture, Prof. Femi Adekola, who is the Dean, College of Management, University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA and others from the same university are here to discuss how to add value to these fruits.
“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.”
Adekola said the two universities would look at ways to collaborate on value addition to the fruits and also on hospitality.
According to him, the university can tackle its funding problem and become self financing by solving problems in the society.