Egerton University (EU)
BSc Agricultural Economics
- Bachelors Degree Program
- Duration : 4 years
Agriculture is the principal sub-sector in the economies of many developing countries in the absence of a strong industrial sector. Indeed in Kenya Agriculture in its widest sense is ―the goose that lays the golden eggs‖. It is a source of income to farmers, affiliated entrepreneurs, source of employment and earns foreign exchange etc. In many developing countries, agriculture is carried out on small farms with inherent differences in agro-ecological conditions, limited resource base and basic technology.
The training programme for the degree of bachelor of science in agricultural economics at Egerton University was conceptualised and designed to produce manpower that is expected to contribute towards the goal of self-reliance and motivation in skilled manpower for national development especially for the agricultural sub-sector in entirety, the objective of the programme is to produce graduates trained in the discipline of agriculture, economics and management with good blending of practical work to promote agricultural development and living standards. At the completion of the training, the BSc. Agricultural Economics graduates should be able to:
Applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admissions into the University by attaining an average grade of B- in the 8 subjects they offer at KCSE or equivalent examinations.
In addition to one above, applicants must offer passes in the following subject;
An added advantage will be given to applicants who have passed with at least a C grade pass in economics, commerce or Agriculture.
Admission may be granted to outstanding diploma holders who have passed with distinction, Credit or their equivalence in farm management, agriculture or other related disciplines from recognised universities or colleges.
Mininum Entry Requirements for Bachelor's Degree
The entry requirements set out below are only minimum, and they in no way entitle an applicant to a place in the University. Applicants must:
Meet additional entry requirements as may be specified by the respective Department, Faculty, School or Institute.
To be admitted for a PRE-SERVICE DEGREE PROGRAM, a prospective candidate must have all the requirements set up by the joint Admission Board (JAB), with a prospective IN-SERVICE student must have completed a diplomaprogram in the relevant field and graduated with at least a CREDIT.
The BSc. in Agricultural economics programme was started in 1987.The programme endeavours to produce graduates who can participate in agricultural industry in a variety of roles, notably, self – employment where feasible, agricultural extension and credit administration, agricultural project planning and implementation, marketing consultancy and teaching agricultural economics.
The Department of Agricultural Economics has a long history going back to 1969 when it was created to train man power for farm management to meet the needs of the Agricultural sub-sector in the first decade of Kenya‘s independence.The main emphasis of the programme inter alia include: agriculture, Farm Management, Economics, Marketing economics, Agricultural extension and practical work.
The original programme has of necessity been pragmatic and subject to change, over the years consistent with changing circumstances and emphasis in farming industry.
Currently the curriculum endeavours to produce practically oriented people who are competent and sensitive to address issues related to increased small farm productivity and development.
Full-time students are expected to take up to four years to complete the study, each year consisting of two semesters.
Some of the subject areas to be covered include: