The philosophy underlying the programmes in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension is to produce graduates that will be equipped to carry out the mission of Kwara State University
– “to be the fulcrum of a knowledge-driven society, building human competences and fostering determination and competition among people through the instrumentality of modern technology”. This philosophy will produce highly skilled and competent manpower for expansion of the frontiers of knowledge to address the challenges posed in Agricultural Economics and Extension. The programmes will serve as interventions for ameliorating both theoretical and practical problems in Agriculture.
In accordance with the National Universities Commission Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for degree programmes, the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Services has the manpower and basic facilities for advanced courses and research leading to the award of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees of Bachelor of Agriculture (B. Agric.), Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in the following areas :
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
Agricultural Economics and Farm Management
Objectives of the Department’s Postgraduate Programme
The aims of establishing the degree programmes in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management; and Agricultural Extension and Rural Development are to meet the human resource needs of the Ministry of Agriculture and related public establishments, the private sectors, agro-allied industries and related NGOs in Nigeria. The specific objectives are to:
Equip the graduates with higher knowledge and skills in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management; and Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
Prepare graduates to play leadership roles in agricultural programme, planning implementation, monitoring and evaluation
Prepare graduates to provide in-service training at the various agricultural training centres
Equip graduates with knowledge required in the process of Agricultural technology generation and transfer.
Prepare graduates as private service providers in Agriculture.
To produce highly skilled and competent manpower and scholars, equipped with the dissemination of practical knowledge of Animal Production as a veritable tool for food sufficiency, income generation and enhancement of livelihood and the provision of high quality, healthy animal products and services for human benefit.
Aims and Objectives
Animal Production Degree Programme is aimed at:
Exposing students to advanced courses in relevant areas of Animal Science and other relevant academic disciplines.
Equipping students with research skills through the conduct of supervised research, seminar presentations and thesis preparation.
The Department of Crop Production was established in 2009 to pursue and actualize the academic excellence and vision of the Kwara State University to “Innovatively Empowers through Agriculture” and produce skilled manpower of global standard.
In accordance with the National Universities Commission Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS), the Department of Crop Production has the manpower and basic facilities for advanced courses and research leading to the award of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees of Bachelor of Agriculture (B. Agric.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the areas of:
Plant Breeding and Biotechnology
Agronomy (with options in Crop Physiology, Horticulture, Cropping Systems, Seed Production, Pasture and Range Management, Organic and Sustainable Crop Management)
Crop and Environmental Protection, with options in the following field:
(v) Weed Science.
The philosophy underlying programmes in the Department of Crop Production is to prepare graduates that will be equipped to carry out the mission of Kwara State University – “to be the fulcrum of a knowledge driven society, building human competences and fostering determination and competition among people through the instrumentality of modern technology”. The philosophy of degree programmes in the Department is to produce highly skilled and competent manpower and scholars with deep knowledge in various fields (specialties) in Crop Production discipline and consequently enhance teaching, research and sustainable agricultural production, nationally and internationally.
The objectives of the academic programmes in Crop Production discipline are:
To train highly competent and skilled specialists in various fields (specialties) for academic careers in teaching, research and technology development.
To train middle- and top-level personnel to implement agricultural policies of government
To train and equipped professionals for entrepreneurship and private sector investment in agriculture.
To serve as Teacher-Student-Platform for a participatory research development mentorship scheme.
To attract funding for research and technology development.
To continually improving level of intellectualism and generate innovative ideas in the University.
The Department of Food Science and Technology started in the College of Engineering and Technology as a part of the Department of Food, Agriculture and Bio-Engineering (FAB) in 2011.
Recently, after the graduation of the first set of students, the Department was separated from FAB and transferred to the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.
The Food Science and Technology degree at the Kwara State University is a NUC-Approved program.
Department Mission The mission of the Food Science and Technology department as a part of the College of Agriculture, Kwara State University, is to provide high-quality education and trainingthat prepare our students for leadership positions in the food industry, academia, and government and to meet the requirements of the labour market. Our programmes are designed to equip our graduates with the techniques to develop food products that are healthier, safe, and convenient and with the technical know-how on postharvest handling of perishable agricultural produce.
Food Science and Technology department aims to become a world-class center of excellence in the field of Food Science and Technology by effectiveness in training of students for careers in the food industry, promoting and facilitating research programmes that will enhance the wholesomeness and availability of food and by transferring research knowledge to the consumer and the food industry.
Philosophy of the Programme
The underlying philosophy of the Food Science and Technology programme is to produce graduate with broad theoretical and practical knowledge of the properties of food materials and all operations, processes, equipment, machines and quality considerations in food production, processing, preservation, distribution and consumption. The programme offers a broad multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of food security. Students would be exposed to the chemistry of raw and processed foods, factors responsible for contamination of foods, hygiene of processing, total quality management, food standards, engineering properties of food, engineering process control and automation among others. Additional skills would be developed through participation in Student Work Experience Programme (SWEP), industrial attachment, supervised research work and mentoring into the core of Food Science and Technology.
Special emphasis will be focused through research and extension programme on the needs of local food industries, sourcing of raw materials locally and upgrading of traditional food processing technologies. The important roles of the disciplines in the utilization of primary agricultural products for National/global food security by way of reducing food wastages will be emphasized in the programme.
Objectives of the Programme
The mandate of the programme is to teach, conduct research in all aspects of post-harvest technology and to extend knowledge to our immediate and remote environment. The overall objectives of B.Sc. (Food Science and Technology) programme are to develop in students an orientation for self-employment, local sourcing of raw materials through novel utilization of local agricultural produces, upgrading of indigenous technology for national food self-sufficiency, the adaptations of exogenous technologies to local needs and the extension of scientific research to meet the challenges facing the country’s food industry.