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cropTHE DEPARTMENT OF CROP PRODUCTION, SOIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

1.0 INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND
The Department of Crop Production, Soil and Environmental Management (CPSEM) has two approved programmes tagged (a) Forestry and Environmental Technology and (b) Crop Production and Soil Management. These two programmes were brought under the same headship in 2006 to reduce administrative overhead. The Department was first sited at the old college campus of Bowen University but has today pitched her activities at the permanent (Chapel) campus of the Faculty of Agriculture.

1.1 Forestry and Environmental Technology (FET) Programme.

This programme started as Forestry and Wood Technology (FWT), one of the first set of Departments approved for the University by the National University Commission (NUC) in year 2002. It was headed by Prof. J. A. Akande (2002 – 2004; 2006 - 2011), Dr. J.A. Fagbenro (2004 – 2006; 2012 to date). The pioneering staff of the programme are Prof. J.A. Akande (Reader and Ag. Head), Dr. J.A. Fagbenro (Senior Lecturer) and Mr. S.L. Larinde (Assistant Lecturer). However, based on staff strength and focus, the programme was transformed into Environmental and Resource Technology (ERT) as approved by the University Senate in the year 2004. The programme nomenclature was finally changed into Forestry and Environmental technology when the Department was merged with the Department of Crop Production, under the Crop Production, Soils and Environmental Management Department in 2006. The Forestry and Environmental Technology (FET) programme was accredited by the NUC in 2005. To date, it has graduated fifteen (15) students some of whom are gainfully employed while others are pursuing further studies in reputable universities around the world. The programme was fully accredited to be administered as a five-year Bachelor of Forestry and Environmental Technology Degree programme in the Faculty of Agriculture.

The programme staff members have been key asset to the University. They are involved in the management of the University Cooperative society, Catering Board, Environmental Committee, Entrepreneurship Committee, Security Unit, Wood Workshop etc. Specifically, Prof. Akande is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University; Dr. Adegbola is the Chairman of the Security Committee while Dr. Olaleye is the Acting Director of the General Studies (GST) Unit of the University. The Forestry and Environmental Technology programme has a Teak and Cashew Plantation used for practical purposes on the University campus and also a wood workshop that services not only the teaching needs of the students but furniture requirements of the University community. In addition, there is a Wildlife, Zoological and Biodiversity conservation Center where nature is demonstrated.

The current teaching staff list for FET proramme is as presented below.

NAME QUALIFICA-TION DATE /RANK ON APPOINT-MENT

CURRENT RANK

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION
Dr. J. A. Fagbenro B.Sc (Ife); MS (Wisc); Ph.D (Ibadan) 2 Sept. 2002/Senior Lecturer Reader/Ag HOD Forest Soils/Soil Fertility and Ecology
Prof. J. A. Akande B.Sc (Ibadan); MS; Ph.D  (SUNY, Syracuse) 2 July, 2002/Reader Professor Forest industry development and Environmental Management
*Dr. P. O. Adegbola

B. Sc. (Ibadan);

M. Sc. (Colorado); PGD (Tanzania); Ph.D. (Ibadan)

22 Sept, 2006/Senior Lecturer Senior Lecturer Forest Fire Ecology and Wildlife Management
*Dr. O. A. Olaleye B. Sc. (Ibadan); M. Sc. (Yale); Ph.D (SFA, Texas) 5 Dec. 2008/Senior Lecturer Senior Lecturer Forest Resource Management inventory; Remote sensing and GIS.
**Dr. O. I. Ajewole B. Sc.; M.Sc; Ph.D (Ibadan) 20 Jan. 2009/Senior Lecturer Senior Lecturer Forest Resources Management and Forest Economics

* Contract Appointment
** Associate Lecturer

1.2 B. Agric. Crop Production and Soil Management Programme
The Crop Production programme is also one of the first set of programmes approved for the University by the National University Commission (NUC) in year 2002. The pioneer staff are Mr. Dotun Oguniyan (Assistant Lecturer) and Mrs. T. E. Sangoyomi (Assistant Lecturer). To date, it has graduated seven (7) students some of whom are gainfully employed while others are pursuing further studies in accredited Universities. The programme had a full accreditation to be administered as a five-year Bachelor of Agric. degree programme in the Faculty by the year 2005.

The programme staff members have been of excellent use in the University service assisting in the management of the University farm, Staff welfare committee, University crèche, Cooperative system and the Jubilee cafeteria. Specifically, Dr. Oluwafemi is the Acting Director of Academic Planning while Dr. Sangoyomi is the Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs. The Crop Production programme has a Teaching and Research Farm of about 3 hectares that was established on the University campus since the year 2004. The current staff list for the programme is as presented below.

The current teaching staff list for CRP proramme is as presented below.

NAME QUALIFICA-TIONS DATE /RANK ON APPOINT-MENT

CURRENT RANK

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION
Dr. J. A. Fagbenro B.Sc (Ife); MS (Wisc); Ph.D (Ibadan) 2 Sept. 2002/Senior Lecturer Reader/Ag HOD Forest Soils/Soil Fertility and Ecology
*Prof. E. A. Aduayi

B.Sc  (Ariz. State); M.Sc (Beirut); Ph.D (Nairobi);

Dip. Agric. Sc.(Wales).

2 July, 2004/Professor Professor Soil Fertility\Plant Nutrition
Dr. S. Oluwafemi B.Agric (Ife), M.Sc, Ph.D. (ABU) 10 May, 2005/ Lecturer II Reader

Crop Protection (Plant Virology/

Entomology)

Dr. (Mrs.) T. E. Sangoyomi B.Sc (Ilorin); M.Sc, Ph.D (Ibadan) 2 Sept; 2002/ Assistant Lecturer Senior Lecturer Crop Protection and Biology

**Dr. B. A. Adelekan

B.Sc. (Ife); M.Sc. (Ibadan); PGD (Ife); MBA (Ibadan); Ph.D (Ibadan)

13 Nov. 2009/Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer

Agricultural and Environmental Engineering

**Ogunsina, B. S.

B.Sc (Ife).

M.Sc. (Ibadan)

Ph. D. (Ibadan)

Dec. 2004/Senior Lecturer Senior Lecturer Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
Esan, V. I.

B.Sc (Ife).

M.Sc. (Ibadan)

Ph. D. (Taiwan)

Nov. 2014/Lecturer I Lecturer I
Omilani, Femi B. Agric (Bowen) Feb 2013/ Graduate Assistant Graduate Assistant Plant breeding

* Contract Appointment
** Associate Lecturer

The Department also employs the services of National Youth Corps members and Students ITF Attachement.
The two programmes in the department are serviced by Mrs. Adeola Odegbile (Secretary II) as the Departmental Secretary

Non-Teaching Staff List

NAME QUALIFICA-TIONS DATE OF APPOINT-MENT/RANK

CURRENT RANK

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION
Miss Modupe H. Ayegboyin B. Sc. Agric. (Ibadan) 1 Dec. 2005/Technology II Technology I Agronomy
Mrs. Olufunmilayo A.  Odegbile Business/Office Education (NCE) 13 Dec. 2010/Hall Assistant Departmental Secretary II Office Education/Secretarial Duties
Mr. Alex, Abiodun Tests II & III Artisan Training Certificate 28 Nov. 2007/Wood workshop Technician Artisan II Wood Work Artisan
Mr. Adelayo Olalere Carpentry Apprenticeship Certificate 17 Jan. 2012/Wood workshop Technician Wood Workshop  Technician Wood
Work Artisan
Mrs. B. R. Ajayi WASC Feb. 2014 /Field Attendant Field Attendant Field Attendant

 

Examination questions for the Department have to-date been vetted by veteran academics and Professors from the University of Ibadan. This is to ensure that our academic standard is of universal quality.

2.0 PHILOSOPHY

2.1 Philosophy of the Forestry and Environmental Technology programme
Forestry and Environmental Technology (FET) is a developmental programme designed to provide a distinct dimension to contemporary reforms in environmental control by teaching appropriate technologies that utilize rural-urban provisions for the management of industrial and environmental issues. Sustainably managed resources are planned to be ecologically sound, socially acceptable and economic feasible. FET embraces forestry-related practices, biodiversity conservation, silvicultural treatments, non-wood forest resources management, forest industrial development, reduced impact logging (RIL), in addition to general industrial monitoring and evaluation basics that employ the use of analytical chemistry and industrial microbiology. In general, the programme adopts the green, clean and lean concepts as viable development paradigms.

2.2 Philosophy of the Crop Production & Soil Management programme
Crop Production & Soil Management (CRP) programme is aimed at the production of graduates with the comprehensive theoretical knowledge, practical skills and demonstrations required for engaging in productive and economic agricultural production. The programme is designed to equip her graduates with sound diagnostic measures, rapid crop multiplication techniques, crop varietal development and improvement. In addition to development of result oriented research, the program embraces the balancing of the natural ecosystem through the use of biochar technology and bio-control measures to enhance agricultural productivity andresource sustainability.

3.0 ADMISSION POLICY
3.1 General
3.1.1 Unified Tertiary matriculation examination (UTME)
(a) Credits at SSCE, GCE, NECO or approved equivalent in at least 5 subjects which must include English and Mathematics and any other three as may be specified by the Faculty.

(b) The 5 credits should be obtained in not more than two sittings and must have been obtained within the last 5 years.

(c) Candidates awaiting results may apply.

(d) All Applicants will be required to go through Bowen University’s Screening Exercise without which a candidate will not be offered admission into the university.

(e) Interested candidates who have applied to the JAMB for admission and wish to change their first choice to Bowen University are required to:
(i) Apply for change of institution through JAMB
(ii) Obtain the BOWEN UNIVERSITY application form
(iii) Participate in the screening exercise

(f) All applicants are required to have sat for JAMB UTME and have scored the minimum mark approved by JAMB for the year admission is being sought as well as have obtained BOWEN UNIVERSITY application forms before they can qualify for screening exercise.

3.1.2 Direct entry
(a) NCE, OND and approved equivalents in relevant fields and at least the Upper Credit level
(b) Two Advanced LEVEL subjects.
(c) The Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) at acceptable grade levels.
(d) In addition to the two Advanced Level papers to be specified by the Faculty or programme, candidates must have credits in five relevant Ordinary Level subjects

3.2 Departmental admission requirements
The admission requirement is general to the two programmes available in the department.

3.2.1 Degree Programme Option
5 ‘O’ level credits to include English language, Mathematics, Biology/Agric Science, Chemistry and one of Physics, Geography or Economics

3.2.2 UTME Subjects
English Language, Mathematics/Physics, Biology and Chemistry

3.2.3 Direct Entry
(i) NCE, OND and approved equivalents of at least upper credit in relevant fields
(ii) Two A/L passes to include Chemistry and any of the following: Biology/Botany, Zoology/Agric Science, Economics, Physics and Geography.
(iii) IJMB at acceptable grade levels.

4.0 POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
In the year 2009, two postgraduate programmes, M. Sc. And Ph.D degree programmes in Crop Protection and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programmes in Environmental Management, were approved by NUC for the Department. Following this approval, two students (one M. Sc. And one Ph. D. in Environmental Management commenced their academic studies in the Department with effect from 2014/2015 academic session. Details of admission requirements are contained in the University Postgraduate Prospectus.

5.0 ACHIEVEMENTS
5.1 Landmark Achievements in the Department include the following:
• Two times award of the African Forestry Research Network grant in 2004 (US$ 68,000) and 2006 (US$ 80,000) given to Prof. J.A. Akande et al. Final reports were submitted with commendation from the grantor.
• First International grant in Bowen University given to Prof. Akande to participate on an Environmental Leadership Forum in Salzburg Austria 2004.
• MASHAV Israeli Fellowship to Dr. Mrs. Sangoyomi to study and research new concepts in integrated pest Management (2007).
• Award of Rothamstead International Research fellowship to Dr. S. Oluwafemi in year 2009 to carry out Agricultural research at Herpenden, Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.
• Dr. (Mrs.) Sangoyomi, Dr. Oluwafemi and Dr. Fagbenro have obtained University research grants on different occasions, thus demonstrating rigorous research activities in the department.
• Special Recognition award to Prof. Akande by the Tree Club, University of Ibadan (2009).
• Prof. Akande was promoted as the First Bowen University Professor
• Prof. Akande was also appointed the First Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University in 2014.
• He is past Editor of the Bowen Journal of Agriculture and had given seminars to enlighten and encourage the community on environmental stewardship. Faculty seminars presented by Prof. Akande include (1). Global advocy and sustainable development: From Rio to Johannesburg in 2004. (2). Ethical considerations in clean technology management in 2012.
• He was also the first academic staff in the University to be invited on Sabbatical leave to Head the Department of Forestry at the University of Technology, PNG in the south Pacific region.
• Staffs in the department, employing the services of students’ practical sessions were actually involved in landscaping activities in the University and also in communal tree inventory needed to compensate previous land owners.
• Departmental staff, in cooperation with the Department of Physics and Solar energy operates the University GLOBE program for metereological and environmental observatory
• Our 400 level and final year students also give departmental and faculty-wide seminars on their industrial training experience and research project reports.

At the spiritual front, many of the department staffs are religious leaders in various churches and use their Christlike disposition to mentor the students. The staff feature well in the Wednesday chapel sessions and some are members of the Gideon International, Bowen Chapter.

5.2 Other Achievements to-date
A. FET
• Fully NUC Accredited Programme (B. Forestry and Environmental Technology) since 2005.
• Establishment of a wood workshop that services the University and the community.
• Establishment of a mini zoo for biodiversity conservation and in-situ exposure of students to wildlife resources. Rabbitry and animal house facilities are also available to ensure practical orientation and delivery.
• Field laboratories such as Cashew & Teak plantations are available for practical exercises in Forest Biometrics, mensuration, agroforestry and biodiversity.
• Production of FET graduates since 2007 who have been gainfully employed or pursuing further studies.

B. CRP
• Fully NUC Accredited Programme (B. Agric. Crop Production and Soils Management) since 2005.
• Survey of Cassava health and nutrient status of Osun State Agro-ecological zones.
• Establishment of Bowen Agricultural farm; student plot demonstration and dry season vegetables.
• Establishment of biochar research farm and creation of Bowen term Preta (anthropogemic soil) to demonstrate the superiority of slash-and-char form of agricultural over the slash-and-burn form with respect to crop yield and soil sustainability.
• Production of CRP graduates since 2007 who have been gainfully employed or pursuing further studies.
• Linkage and collaboration with local and international institutions particularly with OSADEP towards solving farming challenges in Osun state.

The following table shows the number of students that have graduated from the CPSEM department since inception.

GRADUATED STUDENTS RECORD

S/n Names Year of Graduation Class of Degree Programme
1. LADIPO, Olukunle David 2006/2007 2-2 Forestry and Environmental Technology
2. ONUOHA, Chibuikem Michael 2007/2008 2-2 Forestry and Environmental Technology
3. DESALU, Olaseni 2008 Summer 2-2 FET Forestry and Environmental Technology
4. AKPANAH-DATUBO, Tonma 2009/2010 2-2 Forestry and Environmental Technology
5. ILESANMI, Olumide David 2009/2010 Third Class Forestry and Environmental Technology
6. AJAYI, Olasubomi Opeoluwa 2009/2010 2-2 FET Forestry and Environmental Technology
7. BANJO, Adetayo Olusegun 2010/2011 2-2 Forestry and Environmental Technology
8. ADEJUMO, Abayomi Olusoji 2010/2011 2-2 Forestry and Environmental Technology
9. AYENI, Bayonle 2011 Summer 2-2 Forestry and Environmental Technology
10. DAVID, Samuel Anuoluwapo 2011/2012 2-1 Forestry and Environmental Technology
11. ADESINA, Oluwatobi Adebimpe 2011/2012 2-1 Forestry and Environmental Technology
12. ADEWUYI, Oluwatobilola S. 2011/20122 2-2 Forestry and Environmental Technology
13. SEWARD. Seyi John 2012/2013 Third Class Forestry and Environmental Technology
14. DADA. Heritage Yetunde 2013/2014 2-2 Forestry and Environmental Technology
15. OMOTADE, David 2013/2014 2-2 Forestry and Environmental Technology
16. SOBAKI, Oladipupo 2013/2014 Third Class Forestry and Environmental Technology
17. FANIYI, Steven Olusayo 2008/2009 2-2 Crop production and soil management
18. ADENIYI, Olamide Tolulope 2009/2010 2-2 Crop production and soil management
19. OMILANI, Olufemi 2009/2010 2-1 Crop production and soil management
20. ONABANJO, Oluwapelumi Olulanke 2010/2011 2-1 Crop production and soil management
21. BABATUNDE, Oludolapo 2011/2012 Third Class Crop production and soil management
22. AJILOWURA, Joseph Oluwatobi 2013/2014 2-2 Crop production and soil management
23. IBIM, Omiete David 2013/2014 Third Class Crop production and soil management

Indeed, the CPPSEM department has been able to encourage and sustain the interest of students for degree programme in FET through teaching, research and seminar presentation, the dept had been able to reinforce the current and future relevance of FEP/CRP degree programmes at Bowen.

The Department has consistently encouraged the use of modern teaching and learning methods such as power point presentations to enable the students learn the required lecture material quickly and develop their inquisitive minds.

Faculty members and students are encouraged to use search engines to obtain current and relevant information from the internet. Teaching, learning and research activities are now conducted in new ultra-modern class rooms.

6.0 UPCOMING NEWS AND EVENTS
6.1 Short-Term Events
(a) The Department plans to improve on the students’ enrolment into CRP and FET programmes at the undergraduate level with effect from 2014/2015 academic session.
(b) More lands will be acquired within the University premises to enable staff conduct more problem-solving field research projects that will benefit the Iwo community and the entire nation.
(c) The Department will create more awareness for its post-graduate programmes to attract students into them.

(d) Biochar Technology Stakeholders’ meeting in the South-West of Nigeria to be hosted by the Department during the Second Semester of 2014/2015.

6.2. Long-Term Events:
(a) Curricular and nomenclature of CRP and FET programmes will be reviewed by adding entrepreneurship-based courses to enhance student enrolment and produce graduates that will be self-employed and self-reliant.
(b) The Department will carry out research projects that will make it a centre of excellence especially in sustainable agricultural practice for crop production and climate change mitigation using biochar technology and modern crop protection techniques.
(c) Through its post-graduate programme, the Department will produce competent scientists and researchers for Universities, Research Centres, Public and Private Sectors who will develop specific advanced competence in crop production and environmental management in the context of expanding knowledge globally and solve real life problems.
(d) The Department will emphasize green development by establishing hectarages of plantations of assorted fruit and pole trees in marginal land within the University for teaching/research and commercial purposes.

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