Two Staff of COOU Among the Four Beneficiaries of Anambra State Government’s Facilitated 3 Weeks Agro-Training in China [Fully Funded]

By Dr Harrison Madubueze

In what has become a manifestation of the ongoing drive for the 3Vs of Values, Viability and Visibility of Prof. Kate Azuka Omenugha’s administration, two Staff of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, Dr. Comfort Nwagbo and Dr Uju Muogbo, has left for China for a 3 Weeks Seminar on training on Cultivation Techniques of Edible Fungi for Women in the Belt and Road Countries at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China.

The all-expenses-paid training which will commence from 6th to 19th May 2024, was facilitated by the Special Adviser to the Governor of Anambra State on Youth Empowerment Programme, Dr Nelson Omenugha.

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Cultivating edible fungi is a potential source of income for women in the Belt and Road countries. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, located in China’s Fujian province, has been at the forefront of researching and promoting cultivation techniques for various edible fungi since 1983 by its then-researcher, Prof. Lin.

COOUnews gathered that Edible fungi, such as mushrooms, have gained popularity globally due to their culinary and medicinal uses. They are a healthy and nutritious food source, rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The cultivation of mushrooms offers numerous benefits, including reducing poverty, enhancing food security, and promoting sustainable agriculture.

Speaking to COOUNews before the participants’ departure to Abuja Airport from where they are billed to continue their journey to China, Dr. Omenugha asked the four participants to be good ambassadors of Anambra State, Nigeria, and Africa. He equally admonished them to show good examples in learning and character, throughout the training which he said comes with exposure to the various strategic Chinese developmental strides. Also, Dr Nelson Omenugha encouraged participants to learn as much as they can and also use the opportunity to network so that upon their return, they will also help train other agro-business owners in Anambra State.

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The Ag. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kate Azuka Omenugha charged the beneficiaries to make the best of their experiences in China and urged the COOU family to keep faith with the University as more are yet to come.

“… our message of the 3Vs is real and we must make the best of it. Every Staff of this University is a Chief Marketer of the University and we must do so with aggression, passion and love. We shall maximize the experiences of these beneficiaries on their return from China because our University must be known for something unique and Agriculture is the cash cow globally. We are already pursuing the Healthy Living Farm initiative with vigour and we are happy at the excitement of our people over the ongoing sales of various kinds of vegetables from the Farm…” she said.

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The COOU beneficiaries include; Dr. Comfort Nwagbo from the Department of Food Science and Technology and Dr. Uju Muogbo from the Department of Entrepreneurship.


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