The National Diploma in Agricultural technology was mounted in February in the 2014/2015 academic session. The Agricultural Technology programme was formerly called General Agriculture and is the umbrella programme for all Agricultural disciplines. Initial resource accreditation visitation exercise for the programme was held in October 2014 after which it was granted interim accreditation. The first set of students numbering about 37 were admitted in the 2014/2015 session. The Department is currently headed by J.A.L. Effiong.
Objective of the programme
(i) To produce agricultural technicians who are self-reliant, skilled and capable of adopting modern techniques in agricultural production.
(ii) To equip students with basic skills that will enable them contribute positively in solving the ever complicated problem of food security.
(iii) To foster creativity, understanding of the social, economic and technical contents of general agriculture as well as disseminate improved pratise of new agricultural techniques to farmers.
(iv) To prepare student for the pursuit of various careers in agriculture and assume positions of responsibility in public institutions and private organizations.
The admission into the ND programme is through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) by the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The candidate is required to undergo a screening, aptitude test organised by the Polytechnic.
The general entry requirement for the ND Agricultural Technology programme are:
(a) Five credits level passes in WAEC or NACO and NABTEB in not less than two sittings.
The subject must include Biology/Agricultural science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics, technical drawing, physics and English Language. At least a pass in English and Mathematics is compulsory.
(b) Candidate who have successfully completed the Board’s recognized pre-National diploma (Science Technology) course may be admitted into the programme . Such student must have passed Biology/Agricultural science ,Chemistry, Mathematics, English Language and any one of the following subject: Economics, Technical Drawing, Physics and Geography at WAEC, SSSC, GCE O’Level or NECO and NABTEB before undertaking the course.
Agriculture is broad and diverse in nature. The programme covers areas which include core agricultural courses, engineering, socio-economic as well as other utilitarian courses. All these falls within the main areas of study or instruction modules as follows:
1. General Studies
2. Animal Sciences
3. Crop Sciences
4. Agric Economics
5. Soil Science
6. Agric Engineering
10. Extension and Rural Sociology
National Diploma in Agricultural Technology
Areas of specialization /specialties
Student who graduate from the ND Agricultural Technology programme can proceed to do the HND in the following areas.
i. Crop science
ii. Soil Science
iii. Agric Economic and Extension
iv. Animal Production
v. Horticulture and Landscape Technology
vi. Pest Management Technology
viii. Irrigation Agronomy
ix. Crop Production
Student that graduate from the programme are skilled to carry out the following functions.
1. Establish and manage agricultural farm enterprises in crop, animal and fish production ;
2. Employ modern techniques in apiary , floriculture and micro-livestock (e.g. Rabbit , cane rat and snailery), quails and pigeons production.
3. Employ modern techniques in the production of animal feeds.
4. Assist in processing , storage and marketing of agricultural produce.
5. Assist in pest and disease control.
6. Carry out Agricultural Extension Service.
7. Carry out field survey involving land measurements and field layout.
Job/Employment opportunities/Career Prospects
1. Private Professional Practice in a wide range of Agric enterprises.
2. Agricultural Extension Agency in Agricultural Development Projects (ADPS).
3. Assistant Agricultural superintendents in Ministries of agriculture .
4. Farm Supervisors in commercial farms.
5. Research technician in Research institute and stations.
6. Inspectors/Quality control officer in export processing zones.
7. Superintendents/Managers at Agro Service centres (outlets for sale of agro input).
8. Agric Technicians in breweries farms.
9. Assistant technical officers in chemical industries .
10. Technical assistants in Millennium Development Goal projects, food and Agricultural Organization(FAO),International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and USAID etc.
11. Agric Technicians/inspectors in Banks
12. Community Development technicians in oil companies (Shell, Agip, Chevron, Mobil)
13. Development Technicians in agricultural and rural development biased NGOs such as FADAMA 3, Living Earth Nigeria etc.
14. Raw material procurement officer/inspector in agro allied industries e.g. Flour Mills, Oil Mills, Feed Mills, Confectioneries etc.
15. Quarantine assistant superintendents in Federal Department of Agric (FDA)
16. Technicians in Feed Mills
17. Technicians in Universities , Polytechnics, Collage of education, Monotechnics and related institutions
Professional Bodies Registrable
1. Agricultural society of Nigeria (ASN)
2. Farm Management Association Of Nigeria (FAMAN)
3. Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON)