Highlights of Recent Capacity Building Towards Achieving the College Mandate

The mandate of the Federal College of Agriculture (FCA), Ibadan is to produce diplomates at both the National and Higher National Diploma levels with high academic standard and sound practical skills to meet the demands of the agricultural sector of the economy.

Our diplomates are trained to be self-sufficient and also to provide middle level technological manpower needs to farmers, agro-allied industries, agricultural institutions and government agencies. They are trained to serve as extension agents in Federal and States’ Ministries of Agriculture and related sectors.

To achieve her mandate and vision, the College (FCA, Ibadan) is focusing on accelerated measures to reposition the school for improved academics, productivity and impact. This is being consolidated through five (5) strategic developmental channels.

1. Training

In line with the mandate of FCA, Ibadan, the institution is saddled with the core responsibility of training. Our students/diplomates are now better trained to be practical-oriented, industrious, equipped with hands-on skills and do not need to depend on white collar jobs for sustenance or to positively impact the nation. The Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan presently runs thirteen (13) fully accredited academic Programmes, cutting across 3 Schools (School of Agriculture, School of Engineering, and School of Agricultural Management and Vocational Studies). However, there is an ongoing plan to secure accreditation for six (6) additional courses to complete the ongoing cycle of expansion, as well as to improve the reach of observations in the broad field of Agriculture.

To improve on the quality of students’ training, we have recently stocked our Soil, Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Pest Management and Physics Laboratories with Centrifuge, Soxhlet Extractor, Humidifier, Distillers, Thin Layer and Column Chromatographs, Spectrometer, Flame Photometer, Microscopes, Reagents, Autoclave, Power Sets, Biological Models, Hematocrit Apparatus, Electrical Training Devices and other analytical and bio-assay facilities for teaching, students’ project analysis and generation of revenue for the College. The College was also recently reorganized into five Schools: School of Agriculture, School of Engineering, School of Science and Technology, School of Agricultural Management and Vocational Studies, and School of Basic Studies and Media Technology. In addition to this, we are recently improving on our entrepreneurial, vocational and general skill-acquisition training.

Also, in our bid to reposition the College through consolidation and innovation, the College equally conducts training for both the Management team and regular staff members. This is aimed at improving their productivity, service delivery and overall efficiency in the discharge of their duties.

 

2. Crop and Animal Production:

The College Animal Farm is equipped with snailery, rabbitry, piggery and cane rat production facilities. Others include the capacity to produce poultry and newly constructed College Abattoir for the processing of beef and other meat products.The College has also gone into broiler meat production on Public-Private Partnership basis with Tarz Farm. This is aimed at producing processed broilers with initial capacity of 5,000 processed broiler chicken every six weeks. A 5000 broiler capacity raised pen is under construction, with the intention to set up a semi-intensive, battery cage poultry production system. The set up will be equipped with a processing unit, as well as a cold room, and it will encourage quality, safe, healthy, accessible and highly nutritious poultry production for teaching, research, exhibition and commercial consumption.

The Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan has a long list of agricultural production impacts, aimed at achieving food security, job creation and poverty eradication in Nigeria. Some of our crop production capacities include:

i. A 200 acres farmland land for crop production, in addition to other cultivated farms towards food security
ii. Garri and Oil palm processing units
iii. Presently, 20 acres of Cassava is cultivated at the College’s 80 hectares Demonstration Farm. This is to be processed into Garri, right on the farm
iv. Plans are already in top gear to establish 30 acres of Cashew plantation at the College Farm before the end of the present season
v. The College Horticulture Garden has been upgraded with the cultivation of Plantain, Pineapple, Soursop and also equipped with borehole water supply to irrigate nursery plants all year round
vi. The College Bora farm is currently under preparation for the commercial production of crops this season
vii. Designated farmland was recently prepared for the relocation of Citrus Orchard from our Senior Staff Quarters to the College premises. Budded stocks of different species of Citrus had been booked for and will soon be established on the farm
viii. Eight (8) acres, out of over 100 acres of farmland at our Agricultural Outreach Center at Okaka, Oyo State, is already cultivated for crop production
ix. Plans are underway to construct a new garri processing unit at the Agricultural business/Outreach center at Onifufu
3. Farm Input Fabrication

As identified in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda: Policy and Strategy document, fabrications towards the automation of individual steps in the production system for various agricultural commodities is imperative and a prerequisite to an enhanced productivity in the agricultural sector. To this effect, the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan is presently contributing, through the construction of various farm input and post-harvest processing equipment, in order to mitigate drudgery and encourage agricultural practice.

 

4. Research and Development

We have, in recent time, concentrated on research investigations aimed at minimizing farm drudgery, improving organic agriculture and developing efficient Agricultural Extension services. Recommendations from research investigations in these fields are channeled towards reproduction on farms and fields to establish the precision of such findings. Such outcome will go a long way in optimizing agricultural products with minimal input.

In order to develop sustainable contributions towards efficient agricultural practice, it is imperative to consider the conditions affecting crop production. To improve on the coordination of research in Precision Agriculture, the College recently commissioned a newly constructed Meteorological center to harness the changes in environmental parameters influencing the performance of agricultural produce. Data from our server have been accessed by researchers from within and outside the College for experimental purposes. In addition to this, the College (FCA, Ibadan) has launched an academic journal: Journal of Agriculture and Bio-Engineering Science (JABS), to archive the observations and recommendations generated from research fields towards national adopting.

5. Staff, Students and Community Welfare Projects

The welfare of staff and students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan is pivotal to the actualization of the goals and vision of our dear College. Steps, projects and programmes executed to improve the welfare of individuals in the College (and by extension, the larger community) include:

Completion of students’ hostel renovation
Introduction of virtual learning to keep students abreast of their academic work
Prompt issuance of certificates to graduates of the College
Resuscitation of the publication of College Handbook to equip students with important information about their responsibilities, rights and code of conduct
Upgrading the College Meteorological Station for teaching, research and revenue generation
Reconstruction of College Centenary Road
Ongoing construction of a thousand seater lecture theater to enhance teaching and learning in a conducive environment
Renovation of College Hall and the restructure of College Health Center for improved medical service delivery
Construction of 68 m road and 140 m drainage
Procurement of 6 (4.8 KVA) generators, installation of 10solar powered lights and 500KVA transformer
Construction of  new Abattoir for the College and establishment of sales markets
Ongoing Construction of new Information and Communications Technology Centre
Purchase of furniture works, medical equipment, and office electronics, for the College Clinic and other units
Human capital development/capacity building opportunity for all members of staff
Channelization of flood prone College roads
Purchase of new Toyota Fortuner Sports Utility Vehicle
Establishment of Liason Office at Abuja
Ongoing construction/furnishing of modern audio-visual building/printing press and classroom complex
Rehabilitation/equipping Agricultural and Bio-Environmental Engineering & Crop Processing Workshop and Laboratories, among others.
Due to infrastructural development at Moor Community, the College is set to acquire more land within Ibadan Metropolis for Students’ Practical to fully explore our Mandate, food security and impact Agricultural sector of the nation.
The College also recently established agricultural outreach centers at Okaka, Oyo North and Aagba town (Ikirun, Osun State). We are equally proposing the establishment of new impactful outreach centers at Ogbomoso (Oyo State), as well as at Ogun State.

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