University of Port Harcourt linkage with agricultural organizations in Nigeria: The journey so far

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The Faculty of Agriculture in the University of Port Harcourt was established to provide broad based training of undergraduates in various areas of agriculture: crops, poultry, livestock, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, agricultural economics and extension. In a bid to ensure that it incorporates agri-entrepreneurial teaching and learning the faculty has established linkages with several research organizations such as Niger Delta Development Commission, Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, National Root Crops Research Institute, and many others. The linkage established has strengthened the faculty in the teaching, research and community services. Through the linkages, the faculty has acquired tractors, improved varieties of seedlings; has also carried out baseline research in food security assurance in Rivers State and also conducted training for farmers in various agro-entrepreneurial skills. It has also strengthened the students’ practical skills and some of them have established farms in different localities through the community services programme as a way of giving back to the society.
La Faculté d’agriculture de l’Université de Port Harcourt a été créée pour fournir une formation à base large des étudiants du premier cycle dans divers domaines de l’agriculture: les cultures, la volaille, le bétail, la pêche, la faune, la foret, l’économie agricole et la vulgarisation. Dans le but de veiller à ce qu’elle intègre les liens de l’enseignement de l’agro-entreprise, la faculté a mis en place avec plusieurs organismes de recherche tels que le «Niger Commission Delta Development», «Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency », « International Institute of Tropical Agriculture », «National Root Crops Research Institute » et beaucoup autres. Le lien établi a renforcé la faculté dans les services d’enseignement, de recherche et de la communauté. A travers ces liens, la faculté a acquis des tracteurs, des variétés améliorées de semis, a également effectué des recherches de base en matière d’assurance de la sécurité alimentaire dans l’Etat de Rivers et également organisé des formations pour les agriculteurs dans diverses compétences agro-
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Date of publication: 
2016
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West Africa
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Volume: 
14
Number: 
Part 1
Pagination: 
179-183
Collection: 
RUFORUM Working document series
RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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Open Access
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Web resource
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ISSN: 
1607-9345