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    Obubra Campus
    Dean of Faculty: THOMAS OGON OJIKPONG, Ph.D (Associate Professor)
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    The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry was established in September, 2002 with the assets of the defunct Ibrahim Babangida College of Agriculture, Obubra.
    The idea of establishing a Faculty of Agriculture dates back to 2002, when the three tertiary institutions in the state (Ibrahim Babangida College of Agriculture, Obubra; Cross River State College of Education, Akamkpa, and The Polythecnic Calabar) were transformed to the present Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH).
    At inception in 2002, there were five departments as follows: Department of Agricultural Economics and Management; Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development; Department of Animal Science and Fisheries; Department of Crop Science; Department of Soil Science and the Department of Forestry and Wildlife.
    In 2004, the departments of Crop and Soil Sciences were reorganized and renamed Department of Agronomy, while the Department of Agricultural Economics and Management and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development were also reorganized and renamed Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension.
    In 2005, following the recommendations of the National Universities Commission (NUC) visitation team to the Faculty, the Department of Fisheries was created out of the Department of Animal Science and Fisheries and started fully as an autonomous department in 2007.
    In 2009, the Department of Fisheries was renamed Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Science.
    The Faculty currently offers the following degree programmes:
    Department Degree Option
    1. Agricultural Economics & Extension: B. Agric. (Hons) in Agric. Econs & Extension.
    2. Agronomy: B. Agric. (Hons) in Agronomy.
    3. Animal Science: B. Agric. (Hons) in Animal Science.
    4. Fisheries and Aquatic Science: B.Fisheries(Hons)Fisheries/ Aquatic Science.
    5. Forestry and Wildlife: B. Forestry (Hons.) in Forestry and Wildlife.

    All Bachelors degree programmes in the Faculty are of a five – year duration. The programmes are designed to provide broad-based practical and theoretical training in basic agricultural sciences for the first three years and a full year’s practical training in approved farms and other agro-based establishments during the fourth year. In the fifth and final year, the student is given intensive course work and an individual research project.
    Postgraduate courses leading to the degrees of M. Sc. & Ph. D, as well as the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) were introduced in the various departments in the Faculty in 2010.
    The goal of the Faculty is to be recognized, active and better known for excellence.
    While the vision of the Faculty is to be an internationally recognized research and training centre that enjoys a solid reputation for its scientific expertise and regarded as an attractive cooperation partner.
    Any course offered in this Faculty constitutes an excellent option as long as you remain focused, highly committed, dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic using the various learning opportunities available.
  • The Faculty is noted for its hard working and dedicated members of the academic staff. The Ene-Obong administration introduced the Convocation Research Exhibition in 2009 during which the Faculty won a trophy as the Best Faculty in Research. The Faculty has recorded a major breakthrough in Fisheries where it successfully tested pawpaw seed powder as anti-fertility agent for use in the control of the prolific breeding habits of tilapia fish in ponds. The goal of the project was to improve adult table sizes of the specie. The Raw Material Research Development Council (RMRDC) has indicated interest in adopting and financing the project on a large scale using different species of pawpaw seed. In the Department of Animal Science, two species of cattle were successfully crossbred and an improved hybrid specie combining the good qualities of both was produced. Below are some of the research projects successfully conducted by lecturers in the Faculty 

    Researches 
    Ayotunde, Ezekiel O. and Offem, Benedict O. “Acute and chronic toxicity of pawpaw (carica papaya) seed powder to nile tilapia (oreochromis niloticus) (linne 1757) adults.” Correspondence 
    author’s E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 08055930219.

    ¨ Okoi, Okoi E. and Offem, B. O. “Solar fish dryer using local materials.” A low cost- solar drier that uses convection integrated with heat storage mechanism was developed for fish drying in rural communities under high quality working environment. ¨ Akpet, S. O., Meremikwu, V. N., Bikom P. M. and Gboshe, P. N. “Improvement in the growth performance of indigenous cattle.” The research exploited the large size of the white Fulani bull and the trypno-resistant potential of the black muturu cow to cross the two species at the teaching and research farms of the Obubra Campus. The offspring “keteku” expressed the phenotypic colour of both parents; black patches on white background, and hybrid vigour higher than that of the mother in size.

    ¨ The Department of Forestry and Wildlife successfully produced mosquito incense made from purely Nigerian insecticide herbs: scent leaf or ntöng (ocimum gratissimum).
    ¨ The Department also produced pesticides (kerosene emulsifiable concentrate) by mixing kerosene, detergent and water at appropriate ratios, which were sprayed (using knapsack spray guns) on leaves, herbs, shrubs and trees.

    Ongoing Researches

    The Faculty is working on, among other research projects:
    1. The “Utilization and Reproductive Performance of Poultry and Swine-fed Moringa oleifera as a solution to the high cost of commercial feeds in Nigeria which has, in the last two and a half decades, led to widespread bankruptcy and flock liquidation in the country’s livestock industry.

    2. Comparative Analysis of Maize Production Using Moringa oleifera leaves (organic manure) and NPK inorganic fertilizers in Cross River State. The broad objective of the study is to provide the economic evaluation of soil fertility replenishing technologies (use of Moringa oleifera organic manure and NPK inorganic fertilizer). The specific objectives is to:
    i. Evaluate the adoption of the technology, if it will improve
    household income.
    ii. Ascertain if production efficiency will be enhanced.
    iii. Evaluate the cost and benefits of each of the technology.
    iv. Moringa oleifera leaves as alternative protein source for fish.

  • Linkages
    The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is linked to a number of national and international bodies and programmes as one way of improving the quality of its graduates.
    Cornell University, United States of America, has linked the Faculty to the Essential Electronic Agricultural Library. It is a digital collection of research Journals, a CD-ROM Library of over 140 of the world’s most important scientific journals in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It is an important resource base for our Faculty. The Faculty can access thousands of full-text PDF articles without the use of the Internet.
    The Faculty is now one of the six incubation centres in the country for the second phase of the China-Nigeria South-South Cooperation Programme. It is the centre for the implementation of the tripartite agreement of the Federal Government with FAO and the Government of China in support of the National Special Programme for Food Security. The objective of the Programme is to utilize International experience for integrated farming practices in Nigeria to maximize use of existing facilities, strengthen the effectiveness of research and extension services and train and educate farmers for effective utilization of available land, water and other resources. The Faculty is also accommodating the FADAMA Project of the Federal Government which makes available some mechanized farming implements and equipment such as earth movers to rural farmers. The Programme also provides improved varieties of crops to the farmers in an effort to increase agricultural output across the country.
    In the second quarter of 2013 the Faculty received some computers, V-sat and accessories from the Universal Services Provision Fund (USPF) for the establishment of an ICT Library. These facilities have linked the campus to the Internet.