As part of the institutional arrangement to correct the obvious defects of colonial paradigm for research, extension and training, the Federal Military Government established the Universities of Agriculture at Makurdi and Abeokuta in 1988 and at Umudike in 1992.
The collegiate system was adopted to provide a structure that integrates teaching, research and extension, ensure maximum utilization of staff expertise, and reduce overhead costs to the barest minimum.
The University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM) took off with six component colleges, namely, Agricultural Economics and Extension; Agronomy; Engineering and Engineering Technology; Animal Science and Fisheries; Science and Agricultural Education and Food Technology.
The department of Agricultural Economics is domiciled in the College of Agricultural Economic, Extension and Management Technology one of the largest in terms of student enrollment in the University. This has been a yearly recurring trend which indicates that products of Agricultural Economics are in very high demand. Admission of students into the department is therefore, highly competitive and every year, a large number of prospective candidates are unfortunately not admitted. The programmes offered at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels are attractive, and these programmes are run by a core of dedicated and experienced staff of the department.
It is planned that graduates of the department, like their counterparts in other Bachelor of Agriculture and Postgraduate agricultural programmes will become technically competent, able and self-employed scientific farmers, agro-industrial entrepreneurs and public policy advisers.
The department of Agricultural Economics offers opportunity for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The undergraduate and postgraduate diploma programmes are jointly run by both the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication.
The undergraduate programme of the two departments leads to the award of Bachelor of Agriculture Degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension. However, following the bifurcation of the Bachelor of Agriculture programme in the College in 2008, each department is now to award Bachelor of Agriculture Degree separately. Hence, the undergraduate programme of the departments leads to the award of Bachelor of Agriculture Degree in Agricultural Economics with effect from students who were admitted into the programme in the 2009/2010 academic session.
- B. Agricultural Economics
- Post Graduate Diploma Agricultural Co-operatives.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Farm Management & Extension.
- Post graduate Diploma in Risk Management & Insurance
- M.Sc Agricultural economics
- Ph. D Agricultural Economics
Dr. P.I. Ater
Head of Department