SS1 Agricultural Science Scheme of Work for Third Term

The table below is the SS1 Agricultural Science Scheme of Work for Third Term.

Developed by the

Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC)



S/NTopic(s)Content
Sub-theme
AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING
& MECHANIZATION
1.Problems of
Agricultural
Mechanization
a. Meaning of agricultural
mechanization.

b. Mechanized agricultural
operations.

c. Advantages of agricultural
mechanization e.g. increased
productivity, reduced drudgery,
timeliness of operations, etc.

d. Disadvantages of agricultural
mechanization e.g. displacement
of workers, destruction of soil
structure, environmental pollution
etc.

e. Limitations of farm mechanization.
– economic limitations,
– technical know-how etc.

2.Prospects of
Agricultural
Mechanization
Possible ways of improving agricultural
mechanization:

– developing less expensive machines,

– establishing agricultural engineering
schools for personnel and fabricate
simple machines, etc.
3.Sources of
Farm Power
– human, animal, mechanical, electrical,
solar, wind, and water.

– Advantages and disadvantages of
each type.
Sub-theme
CROP PRODUCTION
4. Classification of
Crops
a. Classification of crops based on their
uses: cereals, pulses, roots and tubers,
vegetables.

b. Classification based on their life cycle:
Annual, Biennial, Perennial,
Ephemeral.

c. Classification based on their morphology:
Monocotyledon and dicotyledonous crops
5.Husbandry of
Selected Crops
– Botanical name and local/common names
of the crop

– Varieties/types, climatic and soil requirement

– Land preparation

– Methods of propagation, planting date,
seed rate, spacing, sowing depth and
nursery requirement.

– Cultural Practices: Supplying, thinning,
manuring and fertilizer application.

– Weeding, pests and diseases.

– Harvesting, processing and storage of
the selected crops.
6. Pasture and
Forage Crops
– Meaning of pasture and forage crops 

– Uses of forage crops

– Types of pasture: Natural pasture,
Artificial pasture and their characteristics

– Common grasses and legumes used for
grazing livestock: their botanical names and
characteristics of some of them.

– Factors affecting the distribution and
productivity of pasture

– Establishment of pasture

– Management practices of pasture



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