Forms of Agricultural Activities in the Communities


Forms of Agricultural Activities in the Communities

Agricultural activities is any activity directly related to the production or processing of crops or livestock.

The followings are forms of agricultural activities in the communities that different people involve in:

  1. Cultivation and growing of crops
  2. Rearing of livestock
  3. Rearing of fish (fishery)
  4. Salving of farm produce
  5. Horticulture
  6. Rearing of snail/Heliculture
  7. Apiculture/bee keeping
CONTENT:Scope of Agriculture
ii.Forms of Agriculture.
Sub Topic 1:Scope

of Agriculture
Agriculture involves more than just
planting of crops and rearing of animals. It is broad in scope. It is made up
of many branches of science. The study of agriculture involves the biology of
plants and animals, the Chemistry and Physics of soils, mathematics and other
areas. Hence, the study of agriculture as a subject is regarded as agricultural
scope and branches of agriculture
includes Basic
agriculture, Animal science, soil, crop science, Horticulture, fishery,
forestry, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension, Veterinary machine
and Agricultural Engineering.
agriculture/agricultural education
with the study of agricultural science as a subject i.e the teaching of
agriculture in schools. A specialist in this area is called agricultural
science teacher/lecturer.
Animal science deals with the study of the various farm animals. A specialist in
this area is called animal scientist.
Soil science
deals with the study of the types o
f soils. A specialist in this area is called
a soil scientist .
Crop science
deals with the study of the various type of crops that are cultivated farmers.
A specialist in this area is called a crop scientist. Crop science is divided
into three:Agronomy(the study of crops
and soil ), Pathology(the study of plant and animal diseases), Entomology(the
study of insects and pests).
deals with of flowers and fruits. Horticulture is divided into three: Pomology
(the study of fruits), Floriculture(the study of vegetables), Floriculture(the
study of flowers). A specialist in this area is
Calleda Horticulturist.
Fishery deals
with rearing of fish and other aquatic organisms e.g. fish, crabs, crayfish,
shrimps, etc. A specialist in this area is called a fishery officer.
deals withforest trees and forest
management . A specialist in this area is called a forest officer or forest
Agricultural economics deals with how to run agriculture as a profitable business.A specialist in this area is called
agricultural economist.
Agricultural extension deals with the carrying of information from the research stations to
the farmers in the rural areas.A
specialist in this area is called extension officer or extension agent.
Agricultural engineering deals with the study of agricultural tools and machines used in agriculture. A specialist in this
area known as agricultural engineer.
Veterinary medicine deals with the disease of farm animals.A specialist in this area is called a
veterinarian (Veterinary doctor).

Why is agriculture regarded as a
science subject?

List eight branches of agriculture.
A.Crop farming: It involves the production of different types of
crops. They are mostly used as food for man, feed for animals and raw materials
for industries Examples of such crops(annual) include maize, rice, mille,
sorghum, yam, potatoes, pepper, Soya-bean, groundnut, tomatoes, okra, etc.
Other farmers practice the growing
of perennial or permanent crops such as cocoa, oil palm, coffee, rubber,
citrus, cashew, kola, guava, mango etc which are also known as cash crops. The
system of cropping on a piece of land varies from one place to another and from
one farmer to the other. Those who engage in commercial farming for profit
making often adopt mono-cropping system (i.e. growing of only one type of crop
on the same piece of land at the same time), while most local farmers prefer
the growing of different crops on the same piece of land (mixed cropping).
B. Horticulture (Ornamental Plants)
Horticulture is a form of
agriculture, which deals with the growing of different kinds of vegetables,
fruits and ornamental plants. The vegetable crops include , okra,tomato, pumpkin, cabbage, cucumber, egg
plant, water leaves, spinach, bitter leaves, amaranthus etc. Examples of fruits
includecashew, citrus, mango, avocado
pear, banana, pawpaw, apple, guavaetc,
while ornamental crops are commonly grown for the beautification of the
environment .They include pride of Barbados, hibiscus, croton, zinnia, ixora,
queen of the night, and rose flowers, etc
vegetables and fruits are source of
minerals and vitamins to human bodies, ornamental plants are very useful for
landscaping , attractive parks, gardens, buildings, place of worship, hotels,
streets, etc.
Fishery (fish farming)refers to production of fish and other
aquatic organisms, either for domestic use or profit oriented venture.
Types of Fish good for fish farming




Important of Fish

Good Source of Protein

Contains lesser cholesterol than

Demand for fish is very high – for
both rich and poor

It is recommended for dieting and some
vegetarians who do not eat meat
Requirements for Fish farming.

Pond (Earthen concrete, plastic or
galvanized tank can be used as pond

Source of water could be natural
stream, lake, borehole water

Fingerlings (livestock)

Feeds e.g. plankton

What is crop farming?
State the difference between annual
and perennial crops.
What cropping system do the local
farmers that are growing different crops on the same piece of land apply?
List 10 vegetable crops common in
your locality.
List 5 ornamental plants commonly
used for beautifying the environment like school, church.
With two example each, state the
difference between fruit vegetable and leaf vegetable.



Crop Farming

This involves the production of different kinds of crop plants useful to man and animals. Crop plants are either called food or arable crops and cash crops. Crops that are eaten by man either cooked or raw are referred to as food crops e.g. cassava, yam, vegetable, potatoes, bean, cowpea, soya bean, maize, guinea corn etc. Crops cultivated with the aim of selling them either to our local industries or for export is called cash crops e.g cocoa, cotton, groundnut, oil palm, timber, coffee, etc.


Rearing of Livestock

This is the rearing of farm animals by feeding them, they grow and reproduce their young ones. Examples of farm animals raised on the farm by the farmers are rabbits, pigs, goats, sheep, cattle and poultry birds like duck, geese, turkey, guinea fowl, pigeon and domestic fowls.

Salving of Farm Produces/Processing and Storage of Farm Produce

Farm produce has to be salvaged to prevent spoilage.

Processing: Is the act of transforming freshly harvested agricultural produce into new forms for consumption, storage or sales. It results in reduction in bulkiness before consumption or transportation and enhances their keeping quality.  Some processing methods include:

  1. Winnowing, e.g cereals,
  2. Shelling and bagging e.g maize,
  3. Decorticating e.g groundnut,
  4. Sun/oven drying, smoking, e.g fish
  5. Parboiling, drying and milling e.g rice
  6. Grinding and sieving e.g cassava
  7. Ginnery to produce lint e.g cotton etc.

Agricultural produce can be preserved by drying, freezing, smoking, pasteurization, canning etc. The method used depend on the nature of produce and purpose of preservation.

The reasons for preserving farm produce include

  1. Prevention of microbial growth.
  2. Protection from discolouration.
  3. Retention of food quality.
  4. Provision of planting materials.
  5. To make certain food crops available all through the year.

Storage: Is the act of keeping safe and free from spoilage, harvested or processed agricultural produce before been sold, planted, consumed or transported.

To enhance proper storage, the produce has to be properly dried to reduce the moisture content to a level that will not allow the growth of microbes like bacteria and fungi.

Storage facilities available for use include silo, cribs, racks, barns, earthen pots, air-tight containers, refrigerators/freezers, crate etc.


Rearing of Fish (fishery)

Fishery is the act of rearing selected species of fishes e.g tilapia, catfish etc. under scientifically controlled condition in enclosed bodies of water such as ponds, streams, river etc where they feed, grow, breed and are harvested for consumption or for sale. The study of fish and other aquatic animals such as shrimps, crayfish, lobster, crabs etc is referred to as aquaculture.

Importance of Fishery

  1. Good source of protein
  2. Source of employment
  3. For scientific and educational research
  4. For aesthetic purposes e.g aquarium.

Requirements for Fish Farming

  1. Pond (Earthen, concrete, plastic or galvanized tank can be used as pond
  2. Source of water could be natural stream, lake, borehole water
  3. Fingerlings – newly hatched fish
  4. Feeds e.g. plankton
  5. Fertilizers



This is scientific study and practice of cultivating vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants for profit and pleasure. A person who practice horticulture is referred to as horticulturist.

This can be divided into three:

  1. Pomology: This is the scientific study and practice of growing fruit crops e.g. orange, mango, apple, cashew etc.
  2. Olericulture: This deals with the growing of vegetable such as leafy vegetables e.g. lettuce, cabbage, fluted pumpkin (ugu); root vegetables e.g tomato, cucumber, garden egg etc.
  3. Floriculture: This is the growing of flowers and other ornamental crops e.g. hibiscus, rose flower, Queen of the night, pride of Barbados etc.

Ornamental plants are plants grown for the beautification of our environment.



This deals with rearing and breeding of selected species of snails.

Importance of Snails

  1. Source of income
  2. For medicinal purposes: It is meat is recommended for the treatment of diabetics, hypertension, poor eye- sight.
  3. Also the liquid is recommended for the treatment of asthma, blood deficiency, etc.

Features of Snails

  1. It is in a class called molluscs
  2. It is tough and blue-blooded
  3. It is covered with shell
  4. It is a seasonal meat (found only in rainy season). There is therefore, high demand for snail as meat hence, the need to keep it domestically.

Housing Requirements

The houses are of various forms to suit your need in terms of space and capital available.

  1. Piled motor tyres with net lid
  2. Pots or drums constructed
  3. Hutches or cages/boxed fenced pens
  4. Plantain plantation fenced with net wire.

Management or Skills Required

Choose the breed that can lay more eggs – male and female. It is cheaper than any other livestock to run comparing the input with the expected return. The labour is simple and feeding is not costly. The source of breed is very simple – you purchase the breed that will benefit your project in terms of high yield. Snails feed on green leaves of cocoyam, cassava, pawpaw, spinach, waterleaf, centrosemna and unripe fruits such as pawpaw, banana, plantain, tomato, etc; tubers and flowers. Salt should not be added to any snail feed to prevent them from dying.


Apiculture/Bee Keeping

This is the art and science of keeping bees to produce honey and other by-products. Honey bee colony is artificially constructed bee hives by humans.

A bee keeper (apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect honey and bee-wax, to pollinate crops or to produce bees for sale to other bees keepers.

Bee-wax is used for the production of polish, candle and cosmetics while the honey is used for medicinal purposes.

It is easy to establish and requires small area of land.

A location where bees are kept is called an apiary.

The housing facility for bees is called hive.

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