25135 Tropical crops

Course Description

This is an introductory course. It is intended to familiarize the students with tropical crops as an introduction and those in economic importance in particular, with special reference to locally cultivated crops. The course survey the biology, history, ecology, pathology and cultivation methods of individual crops such as maize, sorghum, sugar cane, banana, beans, pedaliaeae, cucurbitaceae, citrullus lanatus – water melon, cassava, rutaceae,solanaceae – tomatoes  and other related crops. . The course requires both classroom and field work.

Learning Objective

  • Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:
  • 1. Describe the major climatic features of the tropics & how they impact crop production.
  • 2. Analyze cropping systems in the tropics.
  • 3. Identify the major tropical food crops.
  • 4. Examine the role of technology in tropical cropping systems. 5. Cultivate selected field crop by performing various cultivation practices



Books for this Course

  • Introduction To Tropical Fruits, Roy Beckford

Times Offered

  • September
  • January

Course Prerequisite