The Department of General Agriculture was established in January 2006 and given accreditation to offer courses leading to the award of the Higher National Diploma (HND) in September 2006. The first batch of students, numbering 50, was admitted in October 2006.

The students' population as at August 2016 was 158. Since 2009 the Department has trained over 560 students who graduated with HND in General Agriculture. A total of 46 different courses are covered in the six semesters of the GAG programme.

The Department has two production sites which are the Duayaw-Nkwanta Farming Village (for arable crop production and goat breeding) and the Demonstration Farm (near the E. K. Agyei Library) where poultry and various vegetables are produced. At the 2015 congregation, the Department produced the overall best student of the graduating year group.


Vision

The vision of the Department is to become a centre of excellence for the provision of career-focused and practically oriented training in the field of Agriculture and post-harvest technologies for the socio-economic development of the country.

MISSION

The mission of the Department is to provide career-focused education and practical training at the tertiary level, and for general agriculture practitioners, producing graduate with hands-on experience and entrepreneurial abilities to fill the middle and higher human resources needs of the country.

Specific Objectives

Specifically, the programme aims at achieving the following objectives: To impact current and state of the art knowledge on agriculture to enhance animal and crop production and productivity

  • To inculcate into trainees the spirit of entrepreneurship in the field of agriculture
  • To help graduates develop practical and innovative skills in post-harvest technologies of agricultural produce
  • To provide trainees with innovative and practical skills on the sale and marketing of agricultural produce
  • To provide industrial training and acquire hands-on experience through internships and field trips
  • To inculcate into trainees the skills of research and information dissemination through seminars, workshops and extension
  • To lay strong foundations for the study of agriculture at higher academic levels
  • To train students to plan, implement and evaluate agriculture programmes in crop production, agroforestry, horticulture and animal science
  • Instructional Strategies

    These include lectures, laboratory exercises, fieldwork and internships, seminars and industrial attachments.

    Employment Prospects

    Job prospects for the graduates are quite high in an economy where majority of the working population is engaged in agriculture or agro-based industries. The diverse nature of the programme equips the students with the requisite training for them to start their own agriculture businesses and fit into many areas of specialization such as Extension Officers and Research Assistants.

    Future Plans

    Mounting of Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) programmes in General Agriculture, Agribusiness and Agricultural Mechanization and Master of Technology (M-Tech) in the aforementioned programmes. Extension Services to farmers in adopted communities. Processing of fruits (mango and citrus) and animal products from our farms.