Department History

The history of the Agricultural Economics programme in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management could be traced back to October 1984 as one of the first set of Departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the University which could be traced back to October 1984, when the Department was first established at Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ago-Iwoye. Agricultural Economics is an inter-disciplinary and applied field of study in agriculture. It applies economic theory and methods to world problems in production, distribution, and consumption of agricultural products. It is concerned with decision-making on farms and related businesses, which provide farmers with production inputs, services, and credit, and process and market products, and distribute them, to consumers.

Objective and Goals

The Agricultural Economics Programme aims at training students to use economic principles in making farm and agricultural decisions. Students in the discipline are expected to develop skills and abilities in basic economics and management, agricultural sciences, mathematics, statistics, use of computer, and research communication. The broad goal of the programme is to prepare graduates to be capable of: (i) Managing farm enterprises and related businesses; (ii) Establishing their own farms and related businesses; and (iii) studying in advanced areas of agricultural economics, economics, and related discipline.

 

(a) Programme Title: Bachelor of Agriculture (Agricultural Economics)
(b) Programme/Sub-Discipline/Discipline Philosophy and Objectives:
The main objective of the Department is to place our students in the best of the institutions for which they compete. As a research unit, we expect to be on the cutting-edge of disciplinary/pluri-disciplinary and problem-solving researches being carried out on issues of concern.
(c) Admission Requirements:
Fresh applicants are admitted into the six-year, B. Agric. Programme with specialization in Agricultural Economics as part-time students. For any applicant to be considered for admission into the Year One (i.e. First Year) Programme of the Department, he/she must satisfy & the following requirements:
(i) Applicant must have obtained at least five (5) credits at WASC/GCE/NECO/O/L/SSCE at not more than two (2) sittings in subjects, which include: English Language; Mathematics; Chemistry and Biology or Agricultural Science.
For any applicant to be considered for admission into the Year Two (or Second Year) of the B. Agric. Programme with specialization in Agricultural Economics, he/she must satisfy one of the following requirements:

Applicants must have passed at least two (2) subjects relevant to Agriculture at HSC/GCE/A/L. In addition, he/she must have obtained at least five (5) credits at WASC/GCE/NECO/O/L/SSCE at not more than two (2) sittings in subjects, which include: English Language; Mathematics; Chemistry and Biology or Agricultural Science.
He/she must possess a National Diploma with at least credit-level pass in Agriculture, Animal Health, Soil Conservation, Horticulture, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Fisheries, Agricultural Engineering or other related engineering fields, or the Diploma in Cooperative Management. In addition, applicants must have obtained at least five (5) credits at WASC/GCE/NECO/O/L/SSCE at not more than two (2) sittings in subjects, which include: English Language; Mathematics; Chemistry and Biology or Agricultural Science.

For any applicant to be considered for admission into the Year Three (or Third Year) Programme in Agricultural Economics, he/she must possess the HND with at least credit-level pass in Agriculture, Animal Health, Soil Conservation, Horticulture, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Fisheries, Agricultural Engineering or other related engineering fields. In addition, applicants must have obtained at least five (5) credits at WASC/GCE/O/L/SSCE at not more than two (2) sittings in subjects, which include: English Language; Mathematics; Chemistry and Biology or Agricultural Science. Applicants admitted through this mode shall be exempted from the one-year internship programme.

Mature Candidates: Applicants not below 35years old with at least l0years cognate working experience plus the National Diploma or the HND in the relevant disciplines, and O/L credits in English Language or Mathematics may be admitted after successful oral interview into the B. Agric. Programme with specialization in Agricultural Economics.
(d) Programme/Sub-Discipline/Discipline Structure to include period of formal studies in the Universities, Industrial training, planned visit and projects.

As a part of the approved B. Agric. Programmes in the College, the Department run a course-unit system in a two-semester (Harmattan and Rain Semesters) academic session. Students will be required to take an approved combination of courses as Senate, on the recommendation of the College/Faculty Boards, may from time to time determine.