DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING BRIEF HISTORY.


History of the Department


The history of the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan is intricately woven with the history of Moor Plantation and the development of agriculture in Southern Nigeria. Although, Moor Plantation was established in 1899 as a model farm, the school for the training of agricultural assistants was opened in 1921. With the passing of years, the School for the training of Agricultural Assistants was renamed School of Agriculture, Ibadan and much later as the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan.

The Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Moor Plantation located in Ibadan was established in 1969. Through the western State Government Edict of 1970, the Federal College ofAgriculture, Ibadan along with two other schools namely the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Ibadan and the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure became integrated as the training division of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T). The IAR&T is administratively run by Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

In 1985, the Federal Government promulgated Decree No. 16 which empowered the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Kaduna to moderate and accredit the programmesof Colleges of Agriculture and related institutions in Nigeria. At inception, the Agricultural Engineering Department was known as the Agricultural Mechanization Department. It acquired its current name in 1989 when it was granted full accreditation by the NBTE to run the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Agricultural Engineering (Farm Power and Machinery Option) and therefore became the first institution of its kind in the whole country to be granted such an accreditation. The National Diploma (ND) in Agricultural Engineering Technology was established in 1999 and it is fully accredited by the NBTE. Also, Higher National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering (Post-Harvest Technology Option) was established in 2011. The NBTE serves as the accrediting body. The Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan, along with others of its kind in the country is administratively run by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja.

Past Heads of Department/Programme are:

i. Engr. Gbenro HND (1977 to 1980)

ii. Engr. T.A. Adegbulugbe ND and HND (1981 to 1985) and (1991 to 2005)

iii.Engr. Akindele ND and HND (1985 to 1991)

iv. Engr. Dr. B.A. Adelekan ND and HND (2005 to 2008)

v. Engr. B.O. Akintunde ND AND HND (2009 to 2013)

vi. Engr. A.A. Osobu ND

vii. Engr. Dr. A.O. Adejumo ND (2009 to 2013)

SOME ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY THE DEPARTMENT

Since inception, the Agricultural Engineering Department has made and continued to make giant strides. It has contributed significantly to agricultural development both within and outside the country.

a. Between 1991 and 1993, it embarked on the construction and installation of both the Garri and Oil palm processing plants of the college that are in use till date.

b. Thirteen Engine-Operated Soya bean Threshers were constructed (five in 1992, three in 1995 and five in 1997) for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja. The Machines were distributed to Kwara, Niger, Kaduna, Plateau and Benue ADPs.

c. In 1994, two Soya bean Threshers were constructed for Ghana Crop Research Institute.

d. In 1994, A mobile, (on vehicle tyres) Tractor and Engine Operated Soya bean Thresher was constructed for Raw Materials Research and Development Council and Eshibited at National Science and Technology Fair at Lekki Peninsula, Lagos on November 1994.

e. Development of several One-ton maize and cowpea shellers, some of which are currently inuse at four outstations of I.A.R & T. (i.e. at Ikenne, Ilora, Orin Ekiti and Ilorin stations)

f. Development of five Engine-Operated, One-ton-per day capacity Soya bean Threshers for the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

As part of the department corporate responsibility to the society, it has participated in sundry agricultural exhibition shows of fabricated machines and this has attracted patronage thereby contributing to the revenue base of the department.

Some of the agricultural shows include:

1. Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) exhibition at Abuja in February 2009.

2. In-House Review exhibition under the auspices of I.A.R&T.

Engr. Dr. A. O. D. Adejumo

Head of Department