Integrity Research Journals

ISSN: 2536-7072
Model: Open Access/Peer Reviewed
DOI: 10.31248/JASP
Start Year: 2016

Assessment of suitability of facilities and competence of Higher National Diploma graduates in cattle production in College of Agriculture Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria   |   Article Number: EA9689F31   |   Vol.2 (4) - August 2017

Received Date: 16 June 2017   |   Accepted Date: 12 July 2017  |   Published Date: 30 August 2017

Author:  Garba Emmanuel Ekele

Keywords: Competence, College of Agriculture, production, suitability.

The purpose of this study was to assess the suitability of facilities and competence of Higher National Diploma graduates in cattle production in College of Agriculture, Lafia, Nasarawa State-Nigeria. A survey research design was used for this study. Four research questions guided the study. The population of the study was 51 which consist of 33 HND students, 9 lecturers, 3 instructors and 6 farm supervisors. The entire population was used for the study. The instrument for data collection was structured questionnaire with 27 competence items in cattle production and checklist for facilities/equipment and tools in the college. The Cronbach Alpha method was used to determine the internal consistency of the instrument which yielded reliability coefficient of 0.83. Mean (x) and percentage were used to answer the research questions while checklist was employed to determine the adequacy of staff and availability/suitability of facilities/equipment. Findings from this study revealed that equipment/tools are grossly inadequate, graduates of HND animal production possesses low competency level in cattle production and that staff are inadequate for running the programme. It was therefore recommended amongst others that workshop and training be organized for graduates to improve their level of competency in cattle production.

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