In line with the teaching, research and extension mandate of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, the extension services and outreach activities of the University took off in 1990, with subsequent establishment of the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), in November, 1991. The Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) is an arm through which the University has balances its tripodal mandate by fostering stronger linkages between the University and communities in its catchment area. The Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) took off under the administration of a Director and few members of staff. The basic concept guiding the operations of the Centre are intra- and inter-institutional collaboration on Trainings, Workshops, Seminars, Technology Review Meetings (MTRMs), with farmers and other relevant agricultural Institutions and Agencies.
To effectively accomplish these, AMREC has been working with a number of villages with the following objectives in mind:
(i) dissemination of new agricultural technologies that are well adaptable to the South west ecological zone within which the University is established;
(ii) training students in various aspects of agriculture and practical extension and afford enough opportunities to come in contact with farmers and real life agricultural production problems under the rural settings; and to
(iii) use of extension villages as field laboratories of extension models and teaching and to;
(iv) provide practical training opportunities for students to learn and to demonstrate skill in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
As part of the nation’s mainstream of development assistance, AMREC has continued to facilitate meaningful projects and the transfer of proven technologies in agricultural production. It has also been involved in improving the health status and economic welfare of farmers in various places in Southwest Nigeria.