Weed Science Education at the Tertiary Educational Level in Nigeria
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 8, Issue 1, February 2019, Pages: 27-30
Received: Feb. 28, 2019; Accepted: Apr. 9, 2019; Published: Apr. 29, 2019
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Udensi Udensi Ekea, Department of Crop and Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Godwin-Egein Monday Ilegimokuma, Institute of Agricultural Research and Development, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Omovbude Sunday, Department of Crop and Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
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Weed Science is a discipline in that it deals with the study of vegetation management in agriculture, horticulture, aquatics, right-of-way, estates or amenities, essentially anywhere plants need to be managed. It involves the study of all the tools available for this purpose. In comparison with other plant protection disciplines, it has not enjoyed being a distinct discipline. Its study has in most cases been aligned with degrees in Agriculture and Agricultural related discipline. It has always been a component of degrees in Agricultural Science or Crop Science in Nigerian universities. This paper reviews the current status of Weed Science education in Nigeria. In Nigerian universities courses on weed control is part of degree programmes in Agriculture, Horticulture and/or Biological/Plant Sciences, where only aspects of weed characteristics and their control with herbicides, are taught in the third or final years. At the Masters or graduate levels it is taught where there is a Resident Weed Scientist. Because of government’s insensitivity the growth and development of professionalism is stifled. To date, of 149 universities in the country, only 58 of them offer one form of a course or the other that is related to weed science, constituting 44.8%. There were no Weed Scientists present in all the categories of Polytechnics, hence limiting per capita availability of Weed Scientists in the country. This situation does not engender participation or entrant of new members into the discipline. Inadequate funding of the education and agricultural sectors has been the bane of developing adequate manpower and expertise needed in the area. For instance the Weed Science Society of Nigeria has been in existence since 1971, but their presence has not adequately influenced professionalism due to lack of appropriate policy environment. Weed Science education in Nigeria has not found its rightful space in the national polity. If national agricultural development is to remain afloat, Weed Science education should be properly appropriated through adequate budgetary allocation to the Agriculture and Education sectors. This will enhance the quality of teaching and recruitment of Weed Scientist.
Weed Science, Agriculture, Education, Higher Institutions, Nigerian Universities
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Udensi Udensi Ekea, Godwin-Egein Monday Ilegimokuma, Omovbude Sunday, Weed Science Education at the Tertiary Educational Level in Nigeria, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Vol. 8, No. 1, 2019, pp. 27-30. doi: 10.11648/j.aff.20190801.15
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