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[Kwara]–Dr. David Oyedepo, the Chancellor of Landmark University has advised that there is no substitute yet for food and that there is a need for constant innovative thinking in product development and agricultural enterprise if Nigeria must address her food deficit.

He gave this advice on Tuesday, March 21 at the sixth Founder’s Day anniversary of the university.

While delivering the address on behalf of the Chancellor, Prof. Aize Obayan, said despite breakthroughs in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), there is no substitute yet for food and no software for addressing food challenges. The only solution, he said, is raising agricultural practitioners through quality and innovative education.

He further added, “We cannot drive leverages in agriculture without innovative thoughts and thinking. This is talking about leveraging in agricultural enterprise because every land you find around you is goldmine, so explore it.”

The guest lecturer and immediate past president, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ademola Olorufemi, spoke on the topic, “Leveraging on innovation and engineering in breaking new grounds for sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria”.

He challenged Nigeria to be more creative with respect to devising cheap solutions for food productions.

“We must start to think outside the box for innovative, adaptable, cheap and affordable solutions that will tap the latent structures inherent in our geographical location, culture and climate for sustainable agricultural development because we have the engineering innovation that combines our unique God-given recourses to maximise output at lower costs.” he concluded.

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