A total of 398 students, including 25 females, were admitted to level 100, 12 in level 200 and 73 for the Sandwich programme, and the sector minister has been urged to consider agriculture as a business and should focus on value addition to increase the country’s foreign exchange earnings.
Mr. Ebenezer Tawiah, the principal of the college, made the remarks during the matriculation ceremony held at the campus of the college in Kwadaso, a suburb of Kumasi.
He said the college has been forefront of training middle level agricultural personnel and has done so over the years with its four sister institutions strategically scattered all over country.
According to him, the college has delivered on their mandate, in collaboration with research institutions that are deliberately positioned within the proximity of every college, state agencies and institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGO’S) who, for one reason or the other, have found it necessary supporting them.
Mr. Tawiah explained that their challenge has to do with unpaid allowance, since the school was bedeviled with bad roads, poor teaching and learning facilities and encroachment on its lands.
The principal noted that the college has since August, 2011 developed an innovative non-residential sandwich programme, popularly referred to as Top-up, to make maximum use of its facilities and create chances for people who might want to learn an enterprise or to engage in as a profession.
Mr. Tawiah also indicated that the college has a programme on offer that was no longer patronized at all, and the programme is the two- year diploma in Agricultural Extension, which has its continuation at University of Cape Coast. (UCC) for the Bachelor, and the programme is meant for certificate in General Agricultural holders and organized under the auspices of the Sasakawa African Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) which has existed since 1999 and it was a special programme put together to sharpen officers of the same caliber.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Nsiah Yeboah , Kumasi