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Tuition Fees:$352 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Extension
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Agriculture
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

UG’s Agricultural Extension Programme primarily focuses on training professionals who would ultimately serve as intermediaries between research and farmers. Agricultural Extension Officers operate as facilitators and communicators, assisting farmers in their decisionmaking and ensuring that appropriate knowledge is implemented to obtain the best results.

They communicate to farmers such vital agricultural information on how best to utilise the farmland, natural resources, animals, crops, how to design and construct proper irrigation systems, economic use and storage of water, how to combat diseases in livestock, and save on the cost of farming equipment and procedures. It is their responsibility to ensure that they pass on this information to the farmers in the most effective manner to ensure best outcomes at all times.

Some of the courses to be taught as part of the programme include Rural Development and Participatory Methodologies, Food Safety and Quality Standards, Elements of Microbiology and Immunology, Insect biology and Plant Microbes, Soil Genesis and Characterisation, General Biochemistry, Agriculture Engineering, Education and Training for Development Works, Introduction to Computer Science, Development Communication and Extension Methods, Biology of Farm Animals, Gender Planning and Development, Development Sociology amongst others.

The most conventional function of Agricultural Extension Service is for the Extension Officers to pass on as effectively as possible relevant and up to date information on modern farming methods and techniques. They encourage farmers to adopt new, improved methods of farming, using a variety of methods to reach farmers. They organise study groups for farmers, ‘farmer days’, demonstrations, lectures and literature, as well as informing the media.

The new trend however is that Officers are now trained to be able to research food, fibre and animal products in conjunction with agricultural scientists. They also assist cattle farmers,and guide and assist veterinary surgeons in the treatment of varied animal diseases.

Agricultural extension officers can redesign a farm in collaboration with the farmer. All the resources on the farm are then thoroughly investigated to ensure effective usage and application. They can even develop recovery programmes for eroded soil, protect cultivated land against erosion and develop a new pasture system.

These days it is a common practice to see Extension Officers actively involved in the development of the rural communities in which they operate. They are generally seen as change agents by the farmers whose livelihood depends on the success or otherwise of their farms and the communities at large.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Have developed a wellrounded knowledge on the principles of Agricultural Extension services.
• Be able to identify and analyse the factors that affect crop and animal production including physiological, genetic, climatic, environmental, and edaphic factors.
• Be able to communicate effectively to various farmers on new research findings for improved yields.

Curriculum

LEVEL 100 (First Year)

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
 
Development Communication and Extension Methods

C

2

TOTAL

2

 

LEVEL 200 COURSE

 

SECOND SEMESTER
COURSE TITLE   CREDITS
 
Approaches to Extension

C

2

TOTAL  

2

*Long vacation practicals are compulsory for ALL Level 200 students and a pre-requisite for progression to Level 300

 

LEVEL 300 COURSE

 

SECOND SEMESTER
Extension Programme Planning and Evaluation

C

3

Two Electives from other Departments within SOA

E

6

TOTAL  

9

 

LEVEL 400 COURSE

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Management of Development Organisations

C

3

TOTAL  

3

Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Agriculture Science, Geography and Elective Mathematics, with at least a C6 in Chemistry


For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & a Science subject.
Electives: Credit passes in Chemistry, and any two of Physics, Biology/Agriculture Science, Geography and Further Mathematics.

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:

Three (3)’A’ Level subjects comprising:
Chemistry, and any two (2) of Physics, Biology, Geography and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate:

At least Grade 4 in three (3) HL subjects comprising:
Chemistry, and any two (2) of Physics, Biology, Geography and Mathematics.
In addition, applicants must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), and at least C in a science subject at the IGCSE or equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

1. GHANAIAN APPLICANTS
University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

DIPLOMA/HND TO DEGREE APPLICANTS
After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND GHANAIANS APPLYING FROM ABROAD
International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch
Swift: ECOCGHAC

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

The Primary employer of Agricultural Extension Officers in Ghana is the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. However due to the fact that our programme is structured to give a broad base practical and theoretical knowledge to our students, graduates of this programme are some of the most sought after professionals required to run rural based and agriculture focused NGOs and manage private commercial farms. They can also be engaged as educators at the various Agriculture Training institutions nationwide as well as Rural Development Practitioners.

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $352
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,999

Lecturers

Comfort Y.K Freeman (BSc, MPhil (Ghana), PhD (Wageningen))
Senior Lecturer (Head of Department)
cfreeman@ug.edu.gh

D. A. Ankrah (BSc (Agric) MPhil (Ghana)PhD Agric. Extension (Reading, U.K))
Lecturer
dankrah@ug.edu.gh

Jemima A. Yakah Amoah (BA Spelman Col, MSc Texas A&M, MBA (Clerk Atlanta))
Lecturer
jayakah@ug.edu.gh

Jonathan N. Anaglo (NDA, BSc (Agric) MPhil, PhD (Ghana))
Senior Lecturer
joanaglo@ug.edu.gh

Paschal B. Atengdem ((BSc (Agric) (Ghana) MSc PhD (Agric Ext) (Reading))
Senior Lecturer
pbatengdem@ug.edu.gh

Seth D. Boateng (BSc (Agric) MPhil (Ghana), PhD Agric. Extension (Reading) )
Senior Lecturer
sdboateng@ug.edu.gh

Relevant Contact

Dr
Comfort Y.K Freeman
Head of Department
 
School of Agriculture
Responsible for admission inquiries
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