In recognition of the fact that about 90% of Kenya‘s population is engaged in small-scale farming, from where they derive their livelihood, students in the Diploma in Farm Resource Management programme are prepared to handle the challenges of agricultural development as they join the agricultural extension advisory service or serve in private sector agricultural entities. The farm management curriculum acknowledges the importance and value of involvement in practical operations and activities in farming. Hence, practical farming facilities are availed in the University in a specialized tuition farm, The Tatton Demonstration Unit (TDU), now renamed the Taton Agriculture Park (TAP). TAP is the field laboratory for students of this programme.
The objective of the curriculum in Farm Management is to produce a graduate with knowledge and technical skills in crop and livestock production coupled with the ability to conduct economic analyses of problems and opportunities in agricultural production, marketing and management.
At the end of studying in this programme, graduates with the Diploma in Farm Resource Management will be able to:
i) Pursue an undergraduate degree program in agricultural economics, agribusiness management or any other option;
ii) To start and sustain self employment activities;
iii) Serve as managers of commercial farms, ranches, state large scale and institutional farms;
iv) Serve as agricultural projects co-ordinators in NGOs;
v) Serve as agricultural extension officers in the civil service, parastatals and NGOs;
vi) Serve as marketing executive in agro-chemical and food processing firms;
vii) Gain employment as agriculture teachers in secondary schools.
The requirements for admission as diploma students in Farm Management are:
i) An aggregate score of KCSE Grade or KACE/EACE Division II or equivalent;
ii) Individual score KCSE Grade C or Credit (KACE/EACE) in each of the following subjects; English or Kiswahili, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Physical science, Biology or Biological Science.
Course Structure and Duration
The grading system for Diploma courses offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management is as follows:
All course codes begin with an abbreviation ―AGEC‘ indicating that the course is offered from the department. The abbreviation is followed by a set of four digits as follows:
i) The first digit is a zero (0) denoting that course is diploma course;
ii) The second digit is either a 1, 2, or 3, denoting the year the course should be offered;
iii) The third digit denotes the course discipline within the Department. The department has categorized its course into five disciplines as follows:
Category 1. Introduction economic theory and quantitative economics
Category 2.Resource and development economics
Category 3. Agricultural marketing, price analysis & international trade
Category 4.Farm management and production economics
Category 5.Agricultural law & policy
Category 6.Industrial and field attachment
The last digit denotes the sub-discipline of the course within the boarder category described in (c) above.
Example: AGEC 0112:Introduction to Agricultural Economics. This course is offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management (AGEC) to the diploma student (0). It is offered in the first year (1) and falls within the first (1) discipline (Economic Theory and Quantitative Economics) under first (1) sub-discipline (General Economic theory).
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.