Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Crop Science
On behalf of all staff and students of the Department of Crop Science at the University of Calabar, Calabar, I warmly welcome you to the website of the Department. The Department of Crop Science was established in 1986. The mission of the Department is to provide students with knowledge of basic principles and developments in crop production, protection, processing, storage, and management. The Department conducts quality research in the areas of crop improvement and biotechnology, agronomy, and horticulture, crop protection, storage management, processing, and utilization. The Department has produced first and second-class honors students, who are the pride of the society today, and postgraduates who are outstanding in their various fields of endeavors.
Our Department runs programs that lead to the award of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Agriculture (Crop Science). A team of seasoned and highly experienced academic staff has been engaged by the University on a full time, part-time, adjunct, and sabbatical basis to teach and inspire students to learn, acquire knowledge and skills, and consequently, develop an experience that has made them outstanding in both theory and practice of crop production and management. Many of our esteemed alumni are entrepreneurs (a business manager), who are using their valuable skills in the course of their training to create jobs for other. Over the years, the Department has trained and produced skilled individuals, who are now occupying excellent job opportunities in private and public sectors of the economy.
Our Department places high emphasis on practical training, skill acquisition, experience and researches, which have been successfully applied in producing transforming ordinary students to skilled manpower, who are knowledgeable enough and well trained to manage farms, small scale food processing industries in rural and urban areas; reduce post-harvest losses and make affordable food available to consumers. The huge achievements of our alumni members have been very pivotal to the sustenance of our rich academic tradition of excellent teaching, training, and quality research.
The University has equipped our high-end laboratories with world-class and hi-tech equipment and facilities that are used in training and learning. The Department has standard commercial farms including oil palm plantations, and so on. Additionally, we have collaborative arrangements with other commercial farms operators for manpower training and development. Our students, who usually spend one year in these farms during their compulsory one-year Industrial Training program, usually come back happy and refreshed.
We value this visit and hope to meet you soon. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, and feedback, kindly forward them to us through any of our contact channels.
Thank you and best wishes.
Dr. Macauley A. Ittah
Head of Department
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Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective
The mission of the Faculty of Agriculture Forestry and Wildlife Resources Management (Crop Science option) programme is to provide students with improved knowledge of basic principles of crop production and protection; and to keep them abreast of developments in crop production and protection techniques. It is also the responsibility of the Department to conduct researches into crop improvement and biotechnology, agronomy and horticulture, protection, storage, processing and utilization.
The Department is to assist farmers within its environs to meet the challenges of crop production, protection and improvement through collaborative linkage with relevant organizations.
The vision of the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife Resources Management (Crop Science option) programme is to constitute a formidable base for improved crop production, protection and development through effective teaching, research and collaborative research networking to prepare students with interest to take-up farming as a career in addition to academic pursuit.
The philosophy of the B. Agric (Crop Science) programme is to train and equip skilled manpower that can be self employed and take up job opportunities in other private and public sectors of the economy. Our emphasis is placed on practical training and research that will produce managers, who are knowledgeable and well trained to manage farms, small scale food processing industries in rural and urban areas, to reduce post-harvest losses and make affordable food available to consumers.
The goals of the Faculty of Agriculture Forestry and Wildlife Resources Management (Crop Science) are to carry out teaching and research on crop production, protection and development with the aim of graduating students both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with enough crop production, protection and improvement skills as well as research capabilities towards increased food production.
1. To teach the students the basic principles; theory and practice of crop production, crop protection, crop improvement and utilization.
2. To prepare them for professional academic careers through research work.
3. To equip graduates for employment in agricultural sectors, schools, or engaged in gainful self employment.
The Department of Crop Science, University of Calabar, came into existence in the the1986/1987 academic year when the former Department of Agronomy was split into two new departments, namely; Departments of Crop Science and Soil Science. Since then, the Department of Crop Science has continued to carry out effectively tripartite roles of teaching, research, and community services.
The academic program for undergraduates which runs for five years is designed to impact students, modern agricultural techniques in crop husbandry, crop protection, and plant genetics/breeding. The first set of students admitted into the Department graduated after five years with B. Sc. Agric (crop Science) in 1991.
The Department has been under the headship of different administrators with the Late Professor Bernand F.D Oko as the pioneer and longest-serving Head of Department (that is from 1986 to 1988; then from 1994 to 1995). Other succeeding heads of the Department were Professor Francis B. Okokon (1990-1991, 19961998), Professor Sylvia B. A. Umoetok (2000 - 2002), Dr. Ephraim Onoku Osai (2002-2004, 2008 - 2010), Dr. Donatus F Uwah (2004 - 2006), Dr. Godfrey A Iwo (2006 - 2008), Dr. John O. Shiyam (2010 – 2012), Dr. Aniefiok E Uko ()2012 – 2014 and Dr. Francis A. Nwagwu (2014 - 2016), who was succeeded by late Dr. John D. Ntia (2016 – 2017), Prof. Alphonsus M. Oparaeke (2017 – 2020), Prof. Walter B. Binang (2020 – 2021) and Dr. Macauley Asim Ittah (March 2021 to date).