The Department of Water Resources Management and Agro-meteorology was one of the foundation Departments of the Faculty of Agriculture at the inception of the university in the 2011/2012 academic session. The Department offers an undergraduate programme leading to the award of Bachelor’s Degree in Water Resources Management and Agro-meteorology with an opportunity for limited specialisation in the fifth year in either Water Resources Management or Agricultural Meteorology.
Our Philosophy, Aims and Objectives
Philosophy and Aim of the Programme
The programme is designed to expose students to climate, hydrology and water resources management as bases for agricultural production and environmental management and protection. Courses are mounted in basic sciences in the first year, and in climatology, theoretical and applied meteorology, hydrology and water resources management as well as some aspects of water and environmental engineering in subsequent years.
Graduates of the programme are exposed to agriculture, water resources management and agro-climatology as a basis for agricultural planning against hazards of drought and water deficits in farm operations including rural and urban water supply. The graduates of the programmes are adequately equipped to proffer solution to the nation’s agricultural challenges as related to global climate change, agricultural vulnerability to climatic instability and water deficits. The primary philosophy that guides the training of students under this programme is the production of skilled manpower required to:
i) Handle problems of water resources, distribution and availability, management and mode of extraction for domestic agricultural and industrial uses. The programme also provides basic training required in the sustainable development of drainage basins. Thus, theoretical and practical classes are mounted on hydrological processes and analysis as well as in water resources development and management.
ii) Deal with problems of climate change as it affects agricultural practices including specific effects on animal, crop, forestry and aquaculture production. Furthermore, the programme provides training on all aspects of environmental issues of pollution of land, ocean and atmosphere. Classes and laboratories are mounted on basic and applied climatology meteorology as related to water resources management, agricultural production and environmental protection.
Objectives of the Programme
The objectives of the programme are:
- To develop an effective and operational method of water resources exploration and exploitation for improving the quantity and quality of potable water and eradicate water-related diseases.
- To produce competent manpower with adequate practical background in the development and management of water resources schemes in the area of exploration, exploitation, quality monitoring as well as distribution for municipal, industrial and agricultural uses.
- To contribute to the achievement of the national goal on food security and poverty alleviation through objective assessment of impact of climate change, climate variability and extremes on agriculture and the livelihood of peasant farmers.
- To evolve effective ways of preventing and reducing climate related agricultural losses (crops and animals) and protecting agricultural land resources from ecological degradation arising from meteorological hazards.
- To enhance the development of suitable techniques for accurate prediction of weather elements which affect farm planning and operation as well as post harvest storage.
- To produce competent manpower with adequate practical background and basic knowledge of the climatic environment and its effects on terrestrial and man’s agricultural endeavour, including marine and aeronautical enterprises. General expectations include ability to make reliable seasonal weather forecast for the schedule of farm operations and agricultural practices in general.