Trends, Problems and Prospects of Crop Production in Nigeria

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NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

COURSE CODE :AGR203

COURSE TITLE : PRINCIPLES OF CROP PRODUCTION

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COURSE GUIDE

COURSE GUIDE

AGR203 PRINCIPLES OF CROP PRODUCTION

Course Team

Dr. Jari Sanusi (Developer/Writer) - NOUN Dr. S. I. Ogunrinde (Programme Leader) - NOUN Dr. Jari Sanusi (Coordinator) - NOUN

NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA
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COURSE GUIDE

National Open University of Nigeria Headquarters 14/16 Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island Lagos Abuja Office: No.5 Dar-es-Salaam Street Off Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II, Abuja e-mail: centralinfo@nou.edu.ng URL: www.nou.edu.ng

Published By: National Open University of Nigeria First Printed 2010 ISBN: 978-058-991-0 All Rights Reserved

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COURSE GUIDE

CONTENTS

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Introduction……………………………………………..…………. What You Would Learn in this Course …………………..………. Course Aims………………………………………….….………... Course Objectives ……………………………………..………….. Working through this Course ………………………..…………….. Course Materials …………………………………….…………..... Study Units………………………………………….……………... Tutor-Marked Assignments ………….……………………………. Final Examination and Grading …………………………..………. Course Overview …………………………….…………………… How to Get the Most from this Course………….….……………… Summary ……………………………………………………………

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Introduction
Principles of crop production: this is a two credit course for 200L students of BSC. (Agricultural Extension & Management). The course consists of 13 units under three modules which deal with the basic principles and practice of crop production. This course guide tells you briefly what the course is all about, and how you can work through these units. It suggests some general guidelines for the amount of time you are likely to spend studying each unit in order to complete it successfully. It also gives you some guidance on your tutor marked assignments.

What You Will Learn in This Course
The main aim of this course “Principles of Crop Production” is to introduce the fundamental principles upon which crop production practices are based. By studying the principles of crop production you would be able to understand the interaction between the plant, the environment and how and why plants grow and develop. So that you would be able to manipulate the plants and their external conditions for better growth and development and crop yield.

Course Aims
The aim of the cause is to acquaint you with the basic principles of crop production. This would be achieved through: • • • Introducing you to the basic principles of crop production. Creating a better understanding of plants, their classification and nomenclature, their response to various conditions. Developing a clear understanding of the role of the surrounding condition of the plant in growth and development and distinguish the effect of these factors in order to have precise control of growth process. Introduce you to the various cultural practices upon which is laid successful crop production enterprise. Identification of competitive pests, weeds and diseases so that you can select appropriate method of control. Identifying the best practices of harvesting, processing and storage of field crop.

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In order to achieve the course aims, certain overall objectives have been set. In each unit specific objectives are set. These are usually stated at the beginning of the unit. You should pay attention to the objectives of each unit before starting to go through them. You can always refer back to the unit’s objectives to check your progress. You should also look at them after completing a unit. By so doing you can be sure that you have achieved what the unit expects you to acquire.

Course Objectives
Below are the wider objectives of the whole course. By meeting these objectives, the aims of the course as a whole would have been achieved. • state classification of plants based on botanical...
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