2nd international Fascination of Plants Day-2013 Nigeria-report

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In Nigeria, the second International Fascination of plants Day (FoPD) was celebrated at the
Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) on Monday 20th May 2013. It was
organised by a team of volunteers (staff and students) who gave their time, skills and
facilities. Operational costs were offset by cash donations from Cassava Adding Value (C.
AVA) Project and the Estate of Chief. I. F. Aiyelaagbe.

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2nd international Fascination of Plants Day-2013 Nigeria-report

  1. 1. Second International 20th May 2013 Nigeria In Nigeria, the second International Fascination of plants Day (FoPD) was celebrated at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) on Monday 20th May 2013. It was organised by a team of volunteers (staff and students) who gave their time, skills and facilities. Operational costs were offset by cash donations from Cassava Adding Value (C. AVA) Project and the Estate of Chief. I. F. Aiyelaagbe. The event was attended by 250 participants including scientists, farmers, teachers, nurserymen, students and pupils. Some of the dignitaries who attended were Prof. O. B. Oyewole Vice- Chancellor FUNAAB and his Management team, Programme Manager Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP), Mr. I. A. Onasanya, the representative of the Ogun Sate Ministry of Forestry ( ) and ASP Awwal, represenstaitive of the Nigeria Police. The Opening Ceremony chaired by the Programme Manager OGADEP, featured a Welcome Address delivered by the Vice Chancellor, the programme overview By the Coordinator of the event Prof. I. O. O. Aiyelaagbe and delivery of four lead papers papers titled ‘Plants and the phenomenon of hidden hunger’, ‘Benefits of Moringa oleifera Lam: value addition and products for sustainable livelihood’, ‘Plants R us’ and ‘Jatropha business Project’. These were delivered by Prof. S.A. Oluwalana (FUNAAB), Dr. M. O. Oyatogun (FUNAAB), Mrs. Deni Bown (IITA) and Mr. O. Akinola (Sotoria Xexus Int’l Limited), respectively. The Opening Ceremony was followed by a ‘See and buy’ exhibition of more than 1000 plants. The diversity of plants covered food, spices, medicinal plants, dye plants, trees, ornamentals and endangered indigenous plants. It was a unique opportunity for the public to learn more about the diversity, value and virtue of plants. There was also time for business as possibilities of partnerships between farmers and processors, farmers and scientists and processors and scientists were discussed by the interest groups. An estimated 300 plants were sold. The event was adjudged a success in a post event evaluation conducted. More than 65% of the participants planned to attend the 3rd International Fascination of Plants Day if given ample notice. The Local Organising Committee noted this and plans to work hard to improve on planning and publicity of the event.
  2. 2. Acknowledgement The Coordinator is grateful to the ESPO for coordinating the event globally, to the Vice- Chancellor FUNAAB for permission to host the event, members of the LOC for their tireless efforts to ensure the success of the event, The Dean Postgraduate School for granting permission to use its premises gratis, the Directorate of Environmental Management for warehousing exhibits and providing transport, Agricultural Media Resources Centre (AMREC) for media coverage disseminating the events to farmers and relevant government agencies the Directorate of Public Relations for anchoring the event and providing media coverage and to the C.AVA Project and Estate of Chief I.F. Aiyelaagbe for cash donations to defray operational expenses

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