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History of Department of Agriculture

Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan was established in 1921. It is the first agricultural institution in Nigeria. The history of this great College is intricately woven with the history of Moor Plantation and agricultural development in Nigeria. the Department of Agriculture consists of three academic programmes: Agricultural Technology, Crop Production Technology and Pest Management Technology, which were previously operated under separate academic programmes. However, with the coming in of NBTE, these programmes was merged into a department in 2011.

In 1985, the Federal Government promulgated Decree No. 16 empowering NBTE to moderate and accredit programmes of the Colleges of Agriculture and Related Institutions in the country. Agricultural Technology programme of this College gained full accreditation in 1997 and has since been re-accredited every four years up to date. Crop Production Technology was acredited in 1991, while Pest Management Technology programme was given full accreditation in 2012. While NBTE serves as the accrediting body, the College along with others of its kind in the country are administratively run by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) through the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) which was set up by Decree No. 44 of May 26, 1999. Currently, the Department awards the National Diploma (ND) in Agricultural Technology and the Higher National Diploma in both Crop Production Technologyand Pest Management Technology. Over one thousand diplomates have been turned out as graduates since inception. The graduates, many of whom have also acquired higher levels of education in various fields of endeavour, especially agriculture are engaged all over the country contributing keenly to the development of their respective communities as well as the nation.

  • Past heads of programme in Agricultural Technology are as follows:

  • 1.Dr. (Mrs.) F. I. Oluwatoyinbo (1997 – 2001)

    2.Mrs. O. A. Sowonola (2001 – 2006)

    3.Mr. O. A. Omoyajowo (2006 – 2010)

    4.Dr. M. O. Adenekan (2010 – 2013)

    5.Mr. D. O. Ogunleti (2013 till date)

    Past heads of programme in Crop Production Technology are as follows:

    1.Dr. O. B. Adetayo (1991 – 2000)

    2.Dr. (Mrs.) F. I. Oluwatoyinbo (2000 – 2006)

    3.Dr. E. O. Makinde (2006 – 2010)

    4.Dr. (Mrs.) B. F. Fato (2010 – 2012)

    5.Dr. M. O. Adenekan (2012 till date)

    Current Head of Department is Dr. M. O. Adenekan (2013 till date)

    Goal and Objectives of the Department

    Goal The National Diploma programme in Agricultural Technology is designed to produce agricultural technicians capable of applying modern farming techniques in direct agricultural production. The higher diploma in Crop Production Technology is a product from technicians in agricultural technology who have been adequately trained and technically equipped with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge are capable to operate and manage large scale farming enterprises. The award of HND in Pest Management Technology is designed to produce technologists who will be able to control or eradicate all forms of agricultural, human and environmental pests by applying modern pest management techniques.


    The objectives of the National Diploma in Agricultural Technology are to:

    1.assist in planning and laying out all sizes of crop, animal and fish farms,

    2.employ modern techniques in the rearing of different types of livestock on large scale,

    3.employ modern techniques in land preparation, planting, management and harvesting of food and cash crops,

    4.assist in processing and storage of all agricultural produce,

    5.assist in agricultural extension services

    The objectives of the Higher National Diploma (Crop Production Technology option) are to:

    1.prepare the land using all the necessary implements and equipment and applying various land preparation methods and techniques.

    2.Identify soil types suitable for various types of crops.

    3.produce or acquire improved varieties of planting materials.

    4.Operate farm machineries, equipments and applying various land preparation methods and techniques.

    5.Apply irrigation techniques to boost crop production

    6.Carry out routine management operations in crop farms, fertilizer application, herbicidal application at the right time using correct formulations.

    7.Establish ornamemntal and horticultural nursery and design landscape.

    8.Process and store harvested crops

    9.Assist in research on crop production

    10.Carry out extension work among rural farmers.

    The objectives of the Higher National Diploma (Pest Management Technology option). On the completion of this programme, the diplomate should be able to:

    1.Identify all known pests

    2.Identify the presence of pests and their activities, droppings, body parts, eggs, etc.

    3.Formulate and prepare pesticide of all forms

    4.Organize and execute pest control campaigns at all scale

    5.Service and maintain pest control equipment

    6.Manage and control pests

    Dr. M. O. Adenekan

    Head of Department