The place of agriculture in Nigeria today cannot be over emphasized. Agriculture is seen as a driving force to the economy and everything possible must be done to revive it. It is on this premise, therefore, that Agriculture is offered as a subject in James Hope College. The Agriculture department recognizes that teaching agriculture to the students will help create a passion for farming at this early age of their life. We believe that young people have a great role to play in the country’s agricultural revolution.
We aim to:
– equip students with the introductory vocational skills in agriculture,
– stimulate and sustain students’ interest in agriculture,
– enable students acquire basic knowledge and skills in agriculture,
– prepare students for further studies in agriculture,
– prepare students for occupation in agriculture.
– Instil the dignity of honest labour among the students.
In order to achieve these objectives, the department is currently implementing the stipulated Agricultural Science National Curriculum which embraces classroom instruction and practical experiences.
In this regard, the Agricultural Science department will develop a school farm where food crops such as maize and vegetables are grown, together with poultry and rabbit productions. The school farm will offer the students an opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and competencies, and demonstrate farm principles and practices, carry out field experiments which cannot be accommodated in the classroom or laboratory.
Year 7 Curriculum Outline
• Introduction to agriculture – Students are introduced to the general concept of agriculture as a subject, the types of agriculture practiced in Nigeria and the problems of agricultural development.
• Crop production – Students study various crops grown in Nigeria by farmers and their uses. The various ways by which these crops are cultivated are also shown the students.
• Animal production – Introduction to various forms of animals and their uses. Students carry out various projects on the management of the various livestock.
• Crop protection – This involves identification of weeds and pests affecting crop production and the control measures for better yield of crops.
• Field work – Students are exposed to various farm activities for practical experiences.