Objectives of the College:
The general objectives of the training programs offered by the Agriculture College are:
(a) to develop the head, the mind and hands, and train middle level agriculture technician extension workers;
(b) to identify the factors limiting the production of crops; and to seek to overcome them.
(c) to grow tree and field crops and raise livestock profitably.
Intensive internship will form a part of the training process. The internship is integral to the entire course. The objective is to enable students to acquire work experience outside the classroom. This will enable the student to extend the learning process to the work place as well as to expose him/her to new technology in Agriculture. The internship will last for six months after every phase of theory:
- First six-month internship period after completion of the certificate program.
- Second six-month internship period after the completion of two years study in General Agriculture before earning a B.Sc. Degree.
- Student appraisal from the internship period must be satisfactory.
It is expected that the Monsignor John Oge College of Agriculture will operate two certificate programs of short duration with a minimum of six months. Associate Degree of two years duration and a Bachelor of Science Degree of four years. All programs will require an extensive on-the-job training in practical working situations before the continuation of the following programs. Farm practice will be an integral part of the training process. Students will be required to put in 60% contact time in farm work. It is strongly recommended that each participant be given a minimum of one (1) acre of school farm land to cultivate, and also that the college provides farm inputs and tools. After harvest, the student will return 40% of the proceeds earned from the sale of the crops produced. The college will be given first priority of such sale and use the total funds accrued from such sale as revolving fund.
Degrees, Certificates and Diplomas offered in the college are:
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
- Certificate in Agriculture
- One Year Certificate Program in General Agriculture
- Diploma Course in Agriculture
COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR CERTIFICATE AND DIPLOMA COURSES
A. Certificate Courses
i. Agriculture Extension and Education
The course is intended to expose the students to new agricultural techniques in planting, chemical application and uses, agro-environmental protection; Pests Management, Fertilizer application, Animals and Crops Production techniques; Training of farmers and so on. More practical overrated issues.
ii. Post Harvest Technology
The Course is intended to expose the students to the basic skills, techniques, and principles involve in post harvest techniques, application of indigenous technology in post harvest techniques. Practical of indigenous root harvest practices.
iii. Animal Production
This course will help and exposed students to more practical issues involve in the basic principles in animal production, animal health, nutrition, environment, management, improvement, re-production anatomy, physiology, rang and pasture management.
iv. Crop Production
The course is purposely intended to expose the students to understand the basic agronomic principles in different crops cultivation systems and production
v. Crop Protection
The course is intended to expose the students to various pest management principles, plant pathology and entomology. Effects, economic importance of plant pathology and entomology; including pests.
vi. Fish Farming
This course is intended to expose the students to the basic principles, skills and techniques involve in Fish Farming and culture. Moreover, enable students to select a site and construction of a small fish pond; understood fish health, management, nutrition, reproduction, anatomy and physiology.
B. Diploma Courses
i. Plant Breeding and Genetics
This course is intended to expose the students to simple commentarial breeding in plants, plant genetics and other agronomic principles in plant breeding and genetics.
ii.Animal Breeding and Genetics
This course is intended to expose the students to the basic simple principles involve in animal breeding genetics.
iii. Environmental Science
The course will enable students to understand the implication in global warming, causes; causes of environmental problem, green house pollution, carbon monoxide emission and problems
The course will help students to understand the basic principles involve in vegetable crop production and sales.
v. Agricultural Market/Agro business
This course is intended to expose students to agro business, international trade, simple economic principle, management, agro-business skills and techniques.
vi. Farm Record, Accounting and Management
This course is intended to expose the students to simple farm recording systems, accounting and management; including financial management and business practices.