I am Oluwatobiloba Adabale, a Ph.D. student studying Crop Improvement and Seed Enterprise Programme. The course is offered as a postgraduate discipline in CEADESE, throughout Nigerian Universities. CEADESE programmes collaborated industries with the University. This has exposed me to real farm experience through the Internship programme organised by the Centre. I was posted to FARMVILLE a mechanised Farm in Igbodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. The farm is into tomato and pepper production using hydroponic/aquaponic. The exposure gave me a zeal to be in the farm early to see the plants, ensure things are well operated with quick response to any defect noticed on the plants. I was able to gain practical knowledge; both in farm production activities and management on the farm.

Routine check on the pepper plants in the Screen House

Ripening pepper plant with Aquaponic system

Pipelines installed for the Aquaponics system

L-R: Front row: Marketing Director: Mr. Rotimi; the Chairman, Mr. Braithwaite; the Farm Accountant, Miss Nnena; Back row: Director of Administration: Mrs Idowu, Miss Adabale Oluwatobiloba and Miss. Bilikis Ewedairo (Co-intern) during the official briefing by the Chairman of FARMVILLE.

Inspection of pepper on the field

Fruiting tomato plant in the screen house of an Aquaponic system

Healthy tomato plants in an Aquaponic system

Checking of Tomato seedlings transplanted into the pipes (with fish water) for proper placement