Career Opportunities for Agricultural Business Graduates in Nigeria

Agricultural Business
About Agricultural Business

Agricultural Business also known as AgriBusiness is the study of the operating techniques and business skills used in the modern food and fiber industry. This program builds student knowledge and skills needed to manage small and medium sized business in agriculture and allied industries. This is true whether the business is directly involved in production, value-adds to raw agricultural products, or provides support services including the distribution, processing, packaging, and marketing of agricultural products.

Agribusiness is the business of agricultural production.


Scope Of Agricultural Business

Agribusiness is the business of agricultural production. The term was coined in 1957 by Goldberg and Davis. It includes agrichemicals, breeding, crop production (farming and contract farming), distribution, farm machinery, processing, and seed supply, as well as marketing and retail sales. All agents of the food and fiber value chain and those institutions that influence it are part of the agribusiness system.

Within the agriculture industry, "agribusiness" is used simply as a portmanteau of agriculture and business, referring to the range of activities and disciplines encompassed by modern food production. There are academic degrees in and departments of agribusiness, agribusiness trade associations, agribusiness publications, and so forth, worldwide.


Skill and Competencies Needed to Succeed in Agricultural Business

  • Excellent business skills, including knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping, in order to manage financial records and client transactions
  • Superb communication skills
  • Employee management and decision-making skills

 Business Skills

  • Count change
  • Prepare sales ticket
  • Accept credit cards/checks
  • Calculate percentages
  • Figure sales tax
  • Calculate discounts
  • Order/receive merchandise
  • Complete purchase order
  • Balance cash register
  • Check cash balances
  • Calculate interest
  • Computer/word processing
  • Calculate profit/loss
  • Program a computer 

Sales Skills

  • Possess product knowledge
  • Close a sale
  • Maintain inventory
  • Plan/create a display
  • Prepare a newspaper ad
  • Select advertising media
  • Plan a floor layout
  • Determine stock turnover 

Office Equipment Skills

  • Use telephone
  • Use adding machine
  • Use cash register
  • Use micro fiche
  • Operate computer 

Communication Skills

  • Get along with people
  • Talk to customers
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Organize/present a demo
  • Speak to large groups
  • Customer Relation Skills
  • Possess product knowledge
  • Recognize/help customers
  • Handle complaints


Career Opportunities For Agricultural Business Graduates

A degree in agribusiness offers opportunities to be involved in areas such as production, finance, sales and land management. Agribusiness is concerned with the financing, marketing, and management of food production. It is a growing industry that provides wide range of career options.

  • Agribusiness Office Assistant
  • Agribusiness Food Manager
  • Agribusiness Marketing Coordinator
  • Farm appraiser
  • Agricultural Analyst
  • Farm Manager
  • Crop Producer
  • Market Analyst
  • Quality Controller
  • Commodity broker 
  • Agricultural statistician 
  • Loan officer 
  • Farm manager 
  • Supply chain analyst
  • Farm machinery sales representative
  • Grain merchandiser 
  • Operations manager
  • Landscape contractor
  • Human resources specialist
  • Banch manager
  • Credit analyst
  • Crop insurance agent
  • Precision AG technologist
  • Feedlot manager
  • Agricultural chemical sales representative
  • Real estate appraiser
  • Elevator manager

Industries / Companies / who hire these professionals:

  • Food Production Companies
  • Farming Industries
  • Public and Private Sector
  • Marketing Industries
  • Retail Industries

Admission Requirements for Studying Agricultural Business in Nigeria

The O'level subject combination and requirements needed to study Agric- Business

You require;
(i)Five O’level credits in not more two sittings to include English Language, Mathematics, Biology or Agric Science, Chemistry and any other relevant subjects. 

In UTME, please note that English Language is Compulsory for this course. Therefore, the three (3) other JAMB UTME subject combination needed to study Agric- Business under the Faculty of Agriculture in the above University include;Mathematics, Economics and any other subject from Government, Principles of Account,Christian Religious Knowledge and Geography. 

Institutions where you can study Agricultural Business

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