|L-r: Brown, Chin, Marshall, Eubanks, Honore, Williams, Udoh|
Baton Rouge, LA – Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, US Army (Retired) met with officials at Southern University Ag Center on Tuesday, September 17 to talk about working with small farmers in Nigeria in the area of milk and vegetable production. The General suggested a number of models that could work in Nigeria including a sustainable career model which involves establishing cooperatives. He was contacted by a small business seeking technical assistance and training to boost production. The initial meeting consisted of Leodrey Williams, Chancellor; Adell Brown, executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for research; Gina E. Eubanks, vice chancellor for extension; Kit Chin, professor of plant science; Renita Marshall, associate professor of animal science; Oscar Udoh, coordinator for planning and evaluation; and Bridget Udoh, communications specialist.
Honoré said he came to the SU Ag Center because he knows that we work with small farmers in Louisiana with expertise in vegetable production and community gardening, and will put together a sustainable plan that the Nigerian small farmers can adopt. He also suggested that the Center looks into expanding its goat production in light of the “food renaissance” in the country with changing demographics and high demand for goat meat. Goats can also be used to keep landscape clean while producing meat to ethnic restaurants.
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