The new Chibero Agricultural College for Africans near Norton will be opened this afternoon (3 p.
The new Chibero Agricultural College for Africans near Norton will be opened this afternoon (3 p.m.) by the Governor-General of the Federation, His Excellency the Earl of Dalhousie. Facilities at the College have been compared favourably with the best in Southern Africa, and successful students will receive diplomas at the end of their training period which will be equal to any awarded in the Federation.
The first batch of nine students, who took up residence at the college on October 2, have already knuckled down with enthusiasm to some tough practical work and lectures on various aspects of agriculture. During the past three weeks they have been busy with fencing and clearing land for crops.
About 80 acres are under plough and first crops will be maize and, in smaller quantities, beans, cotton and potatoes.
Students have also attended lectures and demonstrations.
The first year of the three-year course will be mainly practical, and the students will be given time to adjust himself to the basic difference between college lecturing and school teaching systems of education. The second and third years will be planned so that students will spend about half their time at lectures and demonstrations and half in practical work. During his three years at college the student will study dairying, beef production, poultry, pigs and sheep; maize production, fodder crops, cotton, potatoes, soya beans, all kinds of tobacco production, vegetable and seed production, fruit, forestry, irrigation and pasture improvement.
Students gaining the College diploma, equal to that of Gwebi Agricultural College, will be eligible for jobs as land development officers, conservation officers, animal health inspectors, technical assistants on research stations and demonstrations farms in the Government services of the three territories. There are also openings as farm assistants and assistant managers, and in fertilizer, agricultural engineering, plant protection and veterinary firms.
Fees are GBP90 a year, and students will provide their own textbooks and stationery. All nine of the first batch of students have received bursaries and scholarships.
Chibero has its own of 1,180 acres, which was made into a going concern under the direction of College Principal, Mr. J.W. Walsh, before the students arrived. It has the advantage of having soils representative of farming areas in all three territories of the federation, ranging from heavy clays, sandy clay loams, loamy sands and sands.
During the past two financial years GBP138,000 has been spent on capital works and investments.
Dominating feature is the education and administrative block comprising a technical library, three lecture rooms, a laboratory, staff offices and a large assembly hall which is fitted with a stage and projection room. The hostel block, with 40 single furnished bedrooms, a large dining hall, kitchen, lounge and other essentials is of modern design with all comforts.
There are 16 staff houses, a dairy unit, an implement shed and a farm workshop.
At present staff consists of the Principal, four European lecturers, one European instructor, one European clerical officer, one African hostel supervisor and medical orderly and one African chief cook.
There are additional posts, such as animal husbandry instructor, which have-still to be filled.