Department of Crop Production

INTRODUCTION

The Department of Crop Production was created in 1987, one year after the establishment of the school of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology. The Department has graduated scores of students since its inception. While some are working as bankers, others are teachers/lecturers, Agricultural officers and yet others are  self employed.

The Department contributes to a course of studies that leads to the award of :

  • B. Tech (Agriculture) with options in Crop Production and Horticulture:
  • M. Tech (Agronomy) with weed science, seed technology, soil science, crop breeding as some areas of specialization.
  • PGD (Crop Production).

In addition to the above, the Department undertakes studies leading to the award of Ph.D in the following areas:

(a)    Crop Breeding/Genetics

(b)    Horticulture

(c)    Seed Technology

(d)   Weed Science

(e)    Post-Harvest Technology

(f)     Plant Pathology

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of programmes in Crop Production and related disciplines is to prepare graduates that are appropriately equipped with comprehensive theoretical, practical and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills necessary for production, processing and other economic engagements in agriculture and agro-allied industries.

VISION

To provide a functional indepth and broad theoretical and practical knowledge that will enable graduates of the Department to:

Perform effectively in all sectors of agriculture especially in Crop Production.

Be rationally well informed to actualize the pursuit of any higher education in the area of agriculture.

MISSION

The programmes in the Department of Crop Production is aimed at:

Exposing non-agriculture professionals to knowledge, skills and practice of modern agriculture, and

Producing persons with advanced knowledge and skills in Agricultural Sciences.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES

(i)      Academic Programmes:

(a) B. Tech Agriculture)

(b)  M.Tech. (Agronomy)

(c)  PGD (Crop Production)

(ii) Graduation Output Statistics.

S/NO

CLASS OF DEGREE

NUMBER OF GRADUATES

1.

First Class

0

2.

Second Class Upper

0

3.

Second Class Lower

3

4

Third Class

8

5.

Pass

2

 

TOTAL

13

(iii)   Conference/Workshop Hosted.

The Department hosted The  Horticultural Society of Nigeria from 7th to 11th November 2010

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS: Research

Agricultural Research council of Nigeria comprehensive Research Grant Scheme:

OBJECTIVES

  • effectively and profitably set up and manage their own agricultural enterprises.
  • effectively impart acquired knowledge on  others
  • effectively serve as Agricultural Officers and Extensionists.
  • enable them to be qualified to undertake advance studies in any part of the world.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT:  Academic

The total number of academic staff in the Department is  Fourteen(14),  with five(5) Technologist,  two (2) administrative staff and  Six(6) farm Asst. to give  a total staff strength of  twenty five (25).

(i)     The Department got one (1) visiting Lecturer,  Prof. J. O. Adeosun.

(ii)     Five  academic staff members,  H. Ibrahim,  L. Y. Bello,  A. Saidu,  E. Daniya,  M. T. Sauladeen and R O. Oyewale   were given University Fellowship Award to

study for their Ph.D.

(iii)    One Administrative staff, Mall Yahaya Aliyu was  also given University Fellowship Award to pursue B. Sc.Degree programme.

(iv)   A technologist, Mall. Isah Cheniyan was promoted to the  rank of Senior Technical Officer.

(v)    A member of  Academic staff, Prof. M. G. M. Kolo attended the 38th Annual mentioned conference of the Weed Science Society of Nigerian (WSSN) which hold at Abia State from 1-4th November, 2010

(vi)  All the Academic staff  attended the Horticultural Society of Nigeria Conference hosted by the Department on 7th to 11th November, 2010.

The Department is in dire need of academic staff in the following areas (necessary for students of horticulture and Crop Protection)

  • Agricultural Entomology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Landscape Horticulturists
  • Turf and Stadia Management.

RESEARCH

The Department has several research work covering aspects of crop production, crop protection and crop preservation.  There are joint research work both internally and externally (national and one international project).

The areas cover fruits and vegetables:  cereals, legumes, root crops and weed problems with particular emphasis on Striga.

Currently the Department has on its farm some 450 heaps of yam, 0.1 ha-1 of rice and the same for maize.  The major problem that is been experienced on the research farm is the problem of cattle that trespasses particularly over the weekends.  Many students have lost their experiments conducted on the fields to this cattle menace.  Effort should be made by the University Management to ask all cattle Fulani men to move out the areas at least 5 kilometers from the University farms.  The screen house constructed during the accreditation exercise is about to collapse, so requires rehabilitation.  The Department now has a Horticultural garden and a Jatropha farm for research purposes.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Successful and highly commendable hosting of  Horticultural Conference in the Department.

Dr. A. S. Gana

Head of Department (Crop Production)

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