INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AT THE NATIONAL ROOT CROP RESEARCH INSTITUTE, UMUDIKE - THE I.T REPORT

MAJOR ACTIVITIES PERFORMED
During the course of my industrial training at the National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike. I was posted into different programmes and units they are.
·        Plant Protection Unit
·        Soil Science Labouratory Unit
·        Cassava Programme
·        Yam Programme
·        Horticulture Unit


PLANT PROTECTION UNIT:
In plant protection unit I was posted in Nematology Unit. In Nematology I was exposed to different places.
·        Extraction of Nematode from the root.
·        Extraction of Nematode from the soil.
·        Sterilization

EXTRACTION OF NEMATODE FROM THE ROOT
·        Equipment used
·        Procedure

EXTRACTION OF NEMATODE FROM THE SOIL
·        Equipment used
·        Procedure

SOIL SCIENCE LABOURATORY UNITY:
The activities performed in soil science labouratory at (NRCRI) Umudike is to determine:
·        Organic matter/carbon
·        Total exchangeable base (TEB) (Cu, Mg, k, Na)
·        Exchangeable acidity (Al+ + H+)
·        Available phosphorous
·        Mechanical analysis

ORGANIC MATTER/CARBON
·        Apparatus Used
·        Reagents Used
·        Procedures

CASSAVA PROGRAMME
Cassava (Manihot esculenta)

Parts of cassava that are useful
·        Leaf
·        Stem
·        Root

WHEN TO PLANT CASSAVA CAN BE GROUPED INTO TWO
·        Bitter
·        Sweet Varieties

CROP MAINTENANCE
·        Weed control
·        Fertilizer Application
·        Harvesting

YAM PROGRAMME
Yam  (Dioserora spp)

CROP MANAGEMENT
·        Staking
·        Weed control
·        Fertilizer Application
·        Harvesting
o   Single harvesting
o   Double harvesting

HORTICULTURE UNIT
PROPAGATION
Budding

FLORICULTURE

RECOMMENDATIONS
1.         Serious disciplinary action should be taken on ghost workers and those that are serious with their work.
2.         More offices and residential lodge should be constructed to encourage the workers. The scientists and other workers within the institute lodge will help them to be more focused.
3.         The Federal Government of Nigeria should also encourage the I.T. student by providing them with some stipends or accommodations because the students are future researchers of Nigerians and have so many potentials.


CONCLUSION
The academic session field practical training programme, it was educative to me. The six months Industrial Training have provide to me the necessary information on the major areas of Agricultural production. The Training was an eye open to practical knowledge for this six months. I finalized by saying that National Root Crops Research Umudike is qualified for training students both in the theory and practice.
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