COURSE CODE: HRT 502
COURSE TITLE: PLANTATION CROPS PRODUCTION (POMOLOGY)
NUMBER OF UNITS: 2 Units
COURSE DURATION: 3 Hours
Course Coordinator: Prof. I. O. O. Aiyelaagbe B. Sc., M.Sc. Ph.D.
Office Location: Room 216 COLPLANT
Other Lecturers: Dr L. A. Hammed and Dr. Mrs T. T. Joseph-Adekunle
What is a plantation? Economic importance of plantation crops. Climatic and soil requirements. Fruit tree propagation, selection and preparation of nursery site of cacao, kola, cashew, oil palm, citrus, coffee, rubber etc. Plantation / orchard establishment: Site selection, layout, land preparation and planning. Crop improvement / management practices. Chemical weed and pest control. Harvesting: Seed control, preservation, storage, packaging, processing and marketing.
Practical: Identification of different types of plantation crops. Identification of fresh fruits, seeds / nuts and primarily processed seeds / nuts of these crops. Production and management of their seedlings in the nursery. Identification of vigorous, less-vigorous, diseased and insect infested seedlings in the nursery. Criteria for selecting transplantable seedlings of these tree crops.