In the Department of Agriculture we seek to train agriculturalists to become teachers, trainers, producers and entrepreneurs. We use teaching, observation, practice, internship and incubation to impart theoretical, technical, practical and field training in agriculture and pedagogy to enable students to acquire the relevant knowledge, skills and aptitude to become true professionals in agriculture. Attention is paid on enabling students develop entrepreneurial capacity in creating technical vocations in production, preservation and transformation of plant and animal produce, education of farmers in modern agricultural innovations, horticulture and related business. Graduates with DIPET I and II are meant primarily for the teaching profession. Graduates with Professional Bachelors, Masters and PhD would be able to create jobs in agriculture and work in agric-related enterprises or industries.
In addition to the statutory DIPET II programme currently running, the department is advertising the following Programmes for the current academic year:
- Professional Bachelors in Agric Extension and Rural Development
- Professional Bachelors in Food Technology
- Professional Bachelors in Animal Production
- Professional Bachelors in Agronomy
Programme Duration: 1 Academic Year
- Higher National Diploma (HND) in Agriculture and Related fields
- Other Qualifications deemed as equivalents
Admission Procedure: Direct Entry
Objective of the Professional Bachelors Degree Programme
The Professional Bachelors in agriculture seeks to provide learners with professional skills and knowledge in the different specialties in Agriculture. In view of attaining the country’s vision 2035, sustainable food production, including value addition is essential. This can only be attained with skills acquisition – in production, processing, branding and packaging, and in conceiving appropriate agribusinesses. The training combines theoretical knowledge in the specialties with in-depth practical skills, internships and projects to provide holistic learning.
Skills to be acquired include:
- Teaching and training skills with emphasis on agriculture as a subject;
- Analytical and problem solving skills to diagnose and propose solutions to community problems in agriculture;
- Practical skills and competence in crop and animal production, entrepreneurial & basic agribusiness, and farmer/public education on agricultural innovations and provision of professional services;
- Skills in gathering and generating scientific agricultural data.
- Self-employment – graduates will have production and entrepreneurial capacity that would allow them create jobs/businesses
Graduates with a Professional Bachelors Degree in Agriculture can be self-employed, provide /create employment in the different sectors or find high-level employment in the public/private sectors in such areas as food production, processing, transformation, agribusiness, extension etc. Many of them may hold managerial and/or decision-making positions in these areas.
To qualify for graduation, a student must satisfy all of the following conditions:
- Earn 60 GPA credits
- Pass in all prescribed courses including a successful Project defense.
- Score a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a scale of 4.0.
Head of Department
Defang Henry Fualefac, PhD (RPFU, Moscow, Russia), Associate Professor, Animal Nutrition and Feeding
Permanent Academic Staff:
- Pascal Tabi Tabot, PhD (Port Elizabeth, South Africa), Lecturer, Botany (Plant Eco-physiology)
- Priscilla Mebong Mfombep, PhD (Kansas, U.S.A), Lecturer, Agronomy (Soil microbial ecology; integrated soil fertility management)