A BRIEF PROFILE OF FEDERAL COLLEGE OF FORESTRY IBADAN

    Training of technical staff in forestry began in the School of Agriculture at Samaru Zaria in 1939 and in 1940, four trainees passed out after which the

course was discontinued. Organized formal training in forestry then commenced in West Africa on the 1st of May, 1941 by the Forestry School, Ibadan

presently re-designated Federal College of Forestry, Ibadan. Until the early sixties (60's), Federal College of Forestry, Ibadan remained the only Higher

Institution for the training of forestry technical man-power in West Africa. Since inception, the school has trained and continually trained students from

other African countries like Cameroon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Uganda and Kenya. For a long time, all trainees were candidates sponsored by

various state governments, agencies or foreign countries and many trainees were serving officers with their sponsors. Admission into the College then was by nomination of the trainees by their sponsors but presently, admission into any of the programmes is open to both government and private sponsored candidates.

MANDATES OF THE COLLEGE

The mandates of the College are: To provide training for technical staff on sustained basis in Forestry, Agriculture and related disciplines.

To provide technical knowledge and vocational skills requisite for Agriculture and Forestry development. To produce men and women who would

establish and manage farms, forest plantations and reserves for recreation and other purposes. To provide training and impart the appropriate

technology leading to the production of technical and sub-technical personnel for self-employment in Forestry, Agriculture, Horticulture and Landscape

Technology. Between 1941 and 1956, the only programme offered by the College was a one calendar year Forest Assistant course. But the College has

gone through various developmental stages both physical and academically and presently, the College runs the following programmes:

SCHOOL OF BASIC SCIENCE AND GENERAL STUDIES

1 year NATIONAL DIPLOMA (ND) PROGRAMMES

Forestry Technology Agricultural Technology - 2/3 Years (FT/PT)

Wood and Paper Technology

Horticultural Technology

HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA (HND) PROGRAMMES

Forestry Technology

Agricultural Extension and Management

Wood Technology - 2/3 Years (FT/PT)

Horticultural and Landscape Technology

Crop Production Technology

VOCATIONAL COURSES

Silvicultural Assistant Course

Forest Guard Course

Nursery Assistant course

6 Months Poultry assistant Course

Apiculture (Bee Keeping) Course

All programmes are NBTE accredited. Admission for ND programmes is through JAMB, while HND programmes require an ND certificate plus evidence of

one or two years Industrial Attachment. Eligible candidates for all programmes must possess five (5) credit passes at not more than two (2) sittings in

relevant subjects at WAEC/NECO including English and Mathematics.

STUDENTS INTAKE AND TURN OUT

   Since 1940, when the first batch of students were admitted, the College has admitted a total number of eight thousand, five hundred and one (8,501)

students as at 2014/ 2015 Academic Session Admissions. While at the end of the 2014/2015 Academic Session, the College had turned out seven

thousand, five hundred and ninety-eight (7,598) students in the various programmes run by the College. In addition to the training of technical and sub

-technical personnel to be self-employed in forestry, Agriculture, Horticulture and Landscape Management, The College also has a full-fledged Centre for

Entrepreneurship Education to ensure that the young men and women are versatile and self-reliant in the following areas: Barbing, Soap Making and Air

Freshener Production, Event Decoration, Metal Work and Fabrication, Bakery/Pastries, Fashion Designing, Textile Design, Hair Dressing, Wood Work,

Computer Training, Landscape Design, Fish Farming, Poultry Production. The College has continued to make tremendous progress in the area of research. Success has been recorded in the following areas: Apiculture, Seedling Production of some indigenous and exotic tree species, Vitellaria paradoxa, Vegetative Propagation of citrus spp, Hard Landscape, Vermiculture, C. F. Gaertn, Generation of Bio-gas at research level. The College also established and maintains Field Laboratories, Research Farms for teaching practicals and research over the years. These are located at: Sakpoba, Ore, Olokemeji and Onigambari