Linking institutions and neighborhood communities with irrigation is a well-researched topic, it is to be used as a guide or framework for your Academic Research.
In this paper, effort has been made to link human resources in three institutions and their neighborhood communities with irrigation, for sustainable agriculture. Damming the Otamiri River in Federal University of Technology, Owerri, and linking with the Polytechnics in Umuagwo and Nekede, and their neighborhood communities for on-demand irrigation is a sustainable development program.
The present system of rain-fed subsistence farming neither satisfies the teaching and research needs of these institutions, nor the food supply needs of the communities. Students and staff of agriculture
and agricultural technology in the three institutions numbering over 4000 will provide the expertise and workforce. Nekede, Ihiagwa, Obinze, Eziobodo, Emeabiam, and Umuagwo being the major neighborhood communities, have over 5000 ha of arable land. Of the 120,000 estimated human populations of the neighborhood communities, more than half are peasant farmers who will complement the program workforce. This theoretical framework is practicable; it will support research in soil decontamination, student on-campus job, student enrolment in agricultural studies, and poverty alleviation. By this framework, the soil, food production processes, and the Otamiri River watershed will be under pollution control.
The Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO),
Federal Polytechnic, Nekede (POLYNEK), and Imo State
Polytechnic, Umuagwo (IMOPOLY), have increasing
student population, presently over 35000. Out of this
population, students of agriculture and agricultural
technology is over 4000. These institutions have large
neighborhood communities comprising Ihiagwa with of
the population of about 23,000; Nekede with a population of
about 20,000; Eziobodo with a population of about 10,000; Emeabiam with a population over 10,000, Umuagwo with
a population of about 12,00, and Obinze with about
15,000 people. FUTO, IMOPOLY (former college of
agriculture), and POLYNEK are close to each other in
Imo state, Nigeria (Figure 1), and are regarded as being
in one county (Figure 2). These institutions emphasize
producing graduates detailed in agriculture and
agricultural technology in their academic curricula.
Unfortunately, they have produced graduates in various
agricultural disciplines over the years without irrigation
facilities for sustainable agricultural practices.
This is a theoretical sustainability study designed to
improve teaching and research, as well as food
production in the affected area. Sustainability studies of this nature may not comply with the traditional sub-
headings of method of study, and results. In this study,
the method and the results are embodied in the
hypothesis and research framework. GUPES (2011),
Pidlisnyuk, (2010), and UNEP (2005) highlighted
universities as key resources for sustainable knowledge,
and bridging the gap between research and policy. They
agree that the philosophy of present classroom translates
into the philosophy of future governments’. They also
maintain that the shortage of appropriately trained work
force, limited knowledge on the subject of sustainability,
and lack of exposure are key challenges constraining
most sustainability programs