Most developing countries and, indeed, African countries have an economy strongly dominated by the agriculture sector. Agriculture generates up to 50 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), contributing more than 80 percent of trade in value and more than 50 percent of raw materials to industries. It provides employment for the majority of Africa’s people. Despite this domination and the fact that agriculture is backed with good policy documents and statements, investment in the sector is still grossly underdeveloped in most African countries. Furthermore, 30 to 40 percent of agricultural produce is lost owing to poor post-harvest handling, storage and processing methods.
Therefore, there is high potential for lateral expansion of the agriculture sector at all levels. The low level of engineering technology inputs in agriculture has been cited as one of the main constraints hindering the modernization of agriculture and food production systems in Africa
This programme provides students with education and training to work within the area of Agricultural Technology. The focus of this programme is firmly on the provision of skilled technicians for the farm machinery industry in Ghana
Agriculture Mechanisation as an engineering subject has great relevance and provides valuable insights for students who are interested in understanding land usage, animal crop production and maintenance issues in society. Agriculture Mechanisation has gained importance in wealth creation and job generation in this changing world. It provides a foundation for students in their quest to know hands-on skills based on Competence Based Training (CBT) models in both workplace and research.
The goal of the programme is to provide students with the necessary hands-on skills and training through practical and workplace experience and internships to help them improve their skills in analyzing and finding solutions to technical and vocational issues and problems.
The programme is suited to those with an interest in understanding and learning about agricultural machinery. The programme has a good balance of theory and practical and is suited to those people who prefer “hands on” work and who want to be able to maintain and operate farm machinery.
Head of Department
Dr. Olympio is a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi where he obtained the BSc and MSc degrees in 1971 and 1974 respectively.
He began his University Teaching career in 1973 as an Assistant Lecturer on National Service at KNUST and was appointed Research Fellow in 1974 after the one year compulsory National Service. He later obtained a Canadian Government Scholarship (CIDA) and proceeded to the University of Saskatchewan for his PhD. His area of Specialization is Poultry Genetics. He teaches Animal Breeding and Genetics to both Under-graduate and Post-graduate students. Apart from his teaching experience, Dr. Olympio has worked in industry as a breeding consultant to Akropong Farms (Kumasi) and Afariwaa Farms (Tema). He has also been instrumental in the development of local commercial layer and broiler breeding stocks namely AF Bosbek (hybrid layers and broilers) for Akropong Farms and Afabro (broilers) and Afabrid ( layers) for Afariwaa Farms.
Dr. Olympio is the recipient of several awards including the Poultry Science Association Graduate Student Research Paper Certificate of Excellence Award (1981); Ghana Animal Science Association Certificate of Outstanding Contribution to the Animal Industry in Ghana (1986, Personal): Ghana Animal Science Association Certificate of Outstanding Contribution to the Animal Industry in Ghana (1985, Product, this was awarded to AF Bosbek); In June 2016 KNUST honoured Dr. Olympio by naming the hatchery at the Department of Animal Science after him. He was the Honorary Secretary of the Ghana Animal Science Association (1985-1990) the National Secretary of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (1999-2001) and the President of the KNUST Branch (2001-2007). He was a member of the KNUST Council for several years from 1984 to 1989 and from 2001to 2007. During the same period he served as a member of the following committees and Boards of the KNUST namely Development Committee, GUSSS Committee, the Academic Board and Faculty Board of the Faculty of Agriculture. He was also the Chairman of the Environmental Committee of KNUST (2002-2006) and Chairman of the GUSSS Hostel management Committee (2002-2007).