The Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin was established in the 1982/83 sessions and had its foundation Dean in the 1983/84 sessions. Presently, the Faculty comprises of seven (7) Academic departments viz:
- Agricultural Economics and Farm Management
- Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
- Animal Production
- Crop Protection
- Home Economics and Food Science
- Forest Resources Management
offices. Also in the same complex are Departments of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development; Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management; Department of Crop Protection; Department of Home Economics and Food Science; and Department of Forest Resource Management.
The Faculty has five-degree programmes of five (5) or four (4) or three (3) academic years for the GCE ‘O’ Level and ‘A” Level holders respectively, leading to the award of :
Bachelor of Agriculture (B. Agric.) degree with a limited specialization in the final year in any of the following options: Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Agronomy, Animal Production and Crop Protection.
- B. Sc. Home Economics
- B. Sc. Food Science
- B. Forestry and Wildlife.
- B. Sc. Agricultural Extension and Community Development
Forestry and Wildlife
The main objectives of the department include, but not limited to:
- Produce graduates with massive entrepreneurship and self-employment capabilities;
- Impart graduates with skills in all areas of forestry and wildlife;
- Produce graduates relevant to industry and society and who can impact positively on National and International forestry and wildlife goals.
B.Sc Agricultural Extension And Community Development
This is a three-year special programme supported by the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education(SAFE), Japan, with emphasis on enhancing the capacity of Extension Agents with H.N.D. qualifications. It is different from the faculty B.Agriculture degree which has a five-year duration for candidates.
The main objectives of the programme are to:
- Train mid-career extension and rural development professionals in specialized technical areas along the entire agricultural value chain;
- Improve the effectiveness of grassroots extension and community development programmes in Nigeria; and
- Upgrade the academic and professional qualifications of extension and community development professionals by equipping them with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge applicable in the field.
B.Sc. Food Science
Food Science deals with the treatment of food materials so as to convert them into food products of such nature, quality and stability, so packaged and distributed as to meet the requirement of the consumer and of safe and sound practice. The programme is geared towards the production of graduates that are adequately equipped with comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for engaging in food production, processing, and preservation for national food self-sufficiency. The Food Science programme is tailored towards the production of graduates that will be self-employed. Students will be equipped with sufficient technical, productive and entrepreneurship skills required for production and research in Food Science.
The programme aims at imparting to students orientation for local sourcing of raw materials through novel utilization of local agricultural produces, upgrading of indigenous technologies for national food self-sufficiency.
B.Sc. Home Economics
The programme will produce graduates that will develop certain fundamental abilities or competencies that must and will be effective in living, regardless of the particular circumstances of the individual or family. Hence the programme will cover instruction in:
- (i) Food and Nutrition
- (ii) Clothing and Textiles
- (iii) Family Life, Hospitality
- (iv) Human Development and
- (v) Household and Institutional resource management
The B. Sc. Agricultural Extension and Community Development is a degree programme supported by the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education(SAFE). The programme is to train middle-level Extension Agents in the ADPs and MANR in value-addition Agriculture. The mandate covers the middle-belt and southern zones in Nigeria.
At the inception of the Faculty in 1982/83, sixty-seven (67) students were admitted to the 100 level. A total of 283 candidates are admitted to the 100 level in 2012/2013 session. Currently, the student population in the Faculty is over 1000. The 100 Level courses are taught jointly with students from the Faculties of Science, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Engineering, and Education. Courses specified are Biology, Chemistry, and any of Physics, Geology, Mathematics or Statistics. To qualify to move into the 200 Level, 100 Level students must pass with at least a CGPA of 1.50.
200 Level – 500 Level courses are taken mainly in Faculty of Agriculture with Agricultural Engineering courses taken in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology; and Statistics in the Faculty of Science. The first batch of students graduated in the 1986/87 Session. The Faculty has graduated more than 2000 students since its establishment.
Only six (6) members of academic staff were on the ground at the inception of the Faculty. However, the staffing situation has improved tremendously to a total of 77 Faculty staff currently.
The Faculty maintains a high academic standard by counseling students to work hard, ensuring a conducive atmosphere for studying, upholding of Faculty Admission and good standing regulations at all times and above all by the enthusiasm and dedication of the teaching, technical and administrative staff.
The policies adopted and practiced by the Faculty in pursuit of academic standards and maintenance of academic atmosphere derives largely from laid down policies of the University. These include encouraging staff/student seminars, attendance at University inaugural lectures and other special lectures and attendance at symposia and learned conferences, which are also hosted, by the Department and Faculty when the fund is available.
Annually the Faculty organizes a Faculty Lecture and a Faculty Seminar where students are made to attend. Each Department also ensures that students attend the seminar presentations on the project by an undergraduate final year and postgraduate students. The seminars are organized twice in each semester.
The mission of the Faculty is to:
- (a) Provide sound basic training in all relevant courses in the field of Agriculture,
- (b) Produce agricultural personnel that have broad-based knowledge and skills for the development of the agricultural sector of the economy,
- (c) Provide consultancy services to the Federal, State, Local Governments and public sectors in the global community, and
- (d) Prepare students to undertake research work and disseminate findings to the farmers.