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Faculty of Agriculture

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The Faculty of Agriculture was established in October, 1962 as one of the six pioneer Faculties of Ahmadu Bello University. Initially, the Faculty functioned as a single unit, with no sub-division into Departments. However, in 1965/66 Session, four Departments, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Animal Science, Plant Science and Soil Science were created. In 1968, the Department of Crop Protection was carved out of Plant Science while in 1970 the Department of Agronomy was created in 1975, the Department of Agricultural Engineering took off. Thus, the Faculty had seven (7) Departments, but in 1976, the Department of Agricultural Engineering was transferred to Faculty of Engineering to enable its graduates qualify to be registered as engineers in Nigeria. In spite of this change, the Department of Agricultural Engineering has maintained its link with the Faculty of Agriculture.


 Crop Protection
Animal Science

Soil Science

Crop Protection
Animal Science
Soil Science

Crop Protection

The Crop Protection Department (CPD) is evidently the pioneer and largest Department of Crop Protection in Nigeria. It is well recognised nationally and internationally for comprehensive and integrative applied and basic researches on insect pests and diseases of numerous and important crops. We participate in projects contributing to national and global food security through reduction in crop losses. CPD is known for distinction and possesses staff members who have won and are still winning internationally prestigious, competitive and highly selective/merit based awards for excellence. To date at the pre-doctoral level 10 staffers have won the British Commonwealth/other UK Government Awards, Six the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship, Three the United States of America (USA) Government funded Fellowship and Two the Belgian Government VLIR-OUS International Scholarship. At the postdoctoral/experienced researcher's level Four have won the U.S. Senior Fulbright Award, Two the German Alexander von Humboldt Award and One the Japan Society for Promotion of Science Award. The Department also boasts of 12 academic staffers with Fellow Awards for their outstanding contributions nationally and globally to the various disciplines of Crop Protection. These achievements have brought fame to the Department and can only be equaled by few other Departments in this Great University. his Department is a place to be for high quality Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) education, innovative basic and applied research, dynamic extension/outreach and award winning UG and PG students.

Animal Science

The Department of Animal Science is one of the six Departments that make up the Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. It was established in 1962 with five areas of specialization, namely: Ruminant Nutrition, Monogastric Nutrition, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Reproductive Physiology and Pasture Agronomy/Range Management.The Department has specialized Service Units such as the Meat and Animal Products Laboratory, Biochemistry Laboratory and an Animal Farm for practicals and research. The proximity and the cooperation that exist between the Department and National Animal Production research Institute (NAPRI), Shika, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in terms of manpower and research facilities has been an added advantage to the Department, especially in the training and supervision of Postgraduate students.

Soil Science

The Department of Soil Science is a joint Department of the Faculty of Agriculture and the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) of the University. Faculty staff have the primary responsibility of teaching at both under-graduate and post-graduate levels. Their research function is normally tailored to fit into the Institute's research programme and objectives. The Institute staff on the other hand are primarily research personnel although they also participate, to a limited extent, in the teaching function of the Faculty, particularly at the post-graduate level, and mainly in the supervision of post-graduate studies; their involvement in under-graduate teaching is much less. The link between the Faculty and the Institute thus provides the research students with formal access to specialists in the Institute, whilst the latter benefits by way of promoting its research through the participation of graduate students.