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. Subsequently, the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) was established on November 1, 1991 and charged it with extension/outreach responsibilities.
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.
The AMREC approach to extension activities involves the adoption of model extension villages and the use of Interdisciplinary/Unified Agricultural Extension System (UAES) in agricultural technology transfer. AMREC also facilitates implementation of projects among primary producers, private sector practitioners as well as researchers. It also integrates agricultural development projects with health and youth development issues to make its activities broad-based and holistic in scope. The Centre through its outreach activities regularly identifies farmers’ felt needs and production constraints/problems and makes efforts to address them.
To effectively accomplish these, AMREC has been working with a number of villages with the following objectives in mind:
- dissemination of new agricultural technologies that are well adaptable to the South west ecological zone within which the University is established;
- 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
- use of extension villages as field laboratories of extension models and teaching and to;
- 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.