Department of Crop/soil Science


The Current Head of Department

Crop/Soil Science

The Department of Crop/Soil Science and Forestry was established on the 4th December, 1970, in the School of Agriculture of the former College of Science and Technology, alongside three (3) other Departments namely:

  • The Department of Agricultural Engineering and Fisheries Technology
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension
  • Department of Animal /Food Science and Technology.

At the initial stage of existence, these Departments offered courses leading to the award of Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and later Higher National Diploma (HND), however, on the 6th of August 1980, a bill for the establishment of a State University of Science and Technology was passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly and this gave birth to the present Rivers State University of Science and Technology which was formally opened on the 31th of October, 1980. The Faculty of Agriculture was also inaugurated on the same year and date with its four (4) earlier mentioned Departments. In the year 1990, the number of its Department increased to five (5).

The Department of Agricultural Engineering was detached from the Department of Agricultural Engineering and Fisheries Technology and transferred to the Faculty of Engineering, leaving Fisheries Technology with Agriculture Faculty while the Department of Animal/ Food Science and Technology was also separated into two (2) Departments to read the Department of Animal Science and the Department of Food Science and Technology, respectively.

Later, in the year 2004, the Department of Forestry and Environment was created out of the Department of Crop/Soil Science and Forestry leaving behind the Department of Crop/Soil Science.

All the initial paired Departments in the Faculty of Agriculture are now separate and independent Departments with the exception of the Department of Crop/Soil Science which is currently overdue for separation.

Staff list in the Department

NamesRankArea of SpecializationEmail
Prof. (Mrs) A.I. NwonualaProfessorAgronomy/ Plant
Prof. M.N. OgburiaProfessorAgronomy/ Plant Genetics and
Prof. J.A. OsakweProfessorAgronomy/ Plant
Prof. L.D. GbaranehProfessorFarming Systems/
Dr (Mrs) O.A. OrjiReaderSoil
Dr. S.O.N. DimkpaSenior LecturerEntomology/ Molecular
Dr. I.B. FobyLecturer IISoil Environmental
Dr. K.D. PeterLecturer
Dr. C.E. ElenwoLecturer IISoil
Mrs. I. OriakponoAssistant LecturerSoil
Mr. G. ElenwoAssistant LecturerSoil
Mr. D.U. EneAssistant LecturerSoil Microbiology
Mr. B.C. IyiekeChief TechnologyTechnologist (Crop)
Mr. J.N. UkehDeputy Chief TechnologistTechnologist (Soil)
Mr. E.I. TariahTechnologist IITechnologist(Soils)
Mrs. D. AmachreeSenior Technical AssistantTechnician (Soils)
Mrs. V. OtukaTechnical AssistantTechnician (Soils)
Mrs. F.A HarryNursery Attendant IFarm Supervisor
Mrs. C. Obuzor FSLCNursery Man IIFarm hand
Miss J.V. Barinaayo-MkeeLaboratory AttendantAttendant (Crops)
Administrative Staff
Mr. N.A. OtamiriB.EdHigher Executive Officer Secretary
Mrs. C. AbereClerical Officer Clerk
Mrs. V.S. LelesiSkill Cleaner
Miss H.J. ChijiokeFSLC, SSCESkillCleaner


The duties and responsibilities of the Department is teaching and research. The Department of Crop/Soil Science undertakes Undergraduate programme which offers Bachelor of Agriculture (B.Agric) degree in Crop Science and in Soil Science. The students for both programme do the same courses from years I to IV and then specialize in either Crop Science or Soil Science in year V. To graduate in this programme a student must have undergone 5, 4 or 3 years of study including the SIWES depending on his mode of admission which is either through UTME or Direct Entry. The maximum length of time allowed to obtain classified degree in the Department is fourteen (14) semesters (7 years) for 5-year degree programme, and Twelve (12) and Ten (10) semesters for students admitted directly into the 200 and 300 levels, provided he/she maintains a CGPA of 1.00 and above. However, a student who is unable to complete the programme within this stipulated time may be allowed to continue for an additional two (2) semesters but shall only be eligible for a “pass” degree.

The Department also offers Postgraduate programme of study leading to Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), and degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Crop Science and Soil Science in various areas of specialization. They are:

  • Crop Science Programme (MSc, Ph.D)

Crop Production; Crop Physiology; Horticulture; Plant Breeding and Genetics; Farming Systems; Environmental Crop Science; Seed Science and Technology; Entomology and Plant Pathology.

  • Soil Science Programme (MSc, Ph.D)

Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy; Soil Physics and Conservation; Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry; Soil Survey and Land Use Planning; Pedology and Environmental Soil Science.

  • Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) Programme Crop Science

Soil Science

The minimum and maximum duration of the programmes are:

  • Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) Programme

Full time – 2 semesters minimum

4 semesters maximum

Part – time –  4 semesters minimum

8 semesters maximum

  • Masters’s Degree Programme

Full time – 2 semesters minimum

4 semesters maximum

Part time –    4 semesters minimum

8 semesters maximum

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Programme

Full time – 6 semesters minimum

8 semesters maximum

Part time – 10 semesters minimum

12 semesters maximum

Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes are Project, Dissertation and Thesis oriented, meaning that the emphasis also lie on Research by individual student. The students choose their research topics according to their own interest, background and goals but are closely supervised by lecturers in the different areas of specialization. The lecturers can also assign research topics to students. External Examiners are used to assess these projects, dissertations and thesis.


The Department has a Head, appointed by the Vice Chancellor on the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty.

Structurally, the Department is made up of Academic and Non-Academic


The Academic staff comprises of Professors, Readers, Senior Lecturers and Lecturers while the Non-Academic staff are Laboratory staff (Senior Technologists, Chief Technologists, Technologists, Laboratory Attendants/Assistants), the Field officers and Nursery Attendants; the Secretarial Staff (Higher Executive Officer, Clerk and Messengers); and the Cleaners.

The Head of Department who is also a member of the Departmental Academic Staff oversees the day-to-day administration of the Department. He/she reports directly to the Dean of the Faculty, and represents the Department in all senate meetings and in all other events that require the attendance of Heads of Departments.


The philosophy of the programme is the production of graduates – that are adequately equipped with the comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge for engaging in crop production of both arable, field and vegetative crops; that would provide relevant and appropriate solution to the country’s sustainable agricultural productivity and also engage in soil research; have fundamental knowledge of soils for production, conservation and for the formulation of sound land-use decisions for variety of uses including agricultural, industrial, urban and recreational development.


The objectives of the programme are to produce well trained manpower that will:

  • Acquire the principles, practices and understanding of crop production, protection and horticulture.
  • Acquire skills in sustainable management of soils through knowledge of different cropping and farming systems.
  • Establish skills in the diagnosis, identification and control of diseases, weeds and insect pests which will help in the production of healthy crops and increased yield.
  • Acquire skills on post-harvest handling and storage of agricultural crops.
  • Survey soils and landscape and produce soil and landscape data for agricultural use and other applications.
  • Analyse and quantify physical properties of soils and study of soil chemical changes and their effects on soil fertility management and carbon sequestration.
  • Assess the effectiveness of organic and inorganic amendments for soils and their behaviour under different cultural practices, and maintenance and improvement of soils fertility.
  • Create Data Bank of Fertility Capability Classes (FCC) of soil types prevalent in the Niger Delta Region.
  • Map out different areas and develop suitable soil maps for the Niger Delta Region.
  • Effectively mobilise and train rural communities for increased yield of all agricultural products and also give advice on soil related matters for sustainable agricultural productivity.