Livestock accounts for about 40% of the country's agricultural gross domestic product (GDP), 15% of the national GDP and 31% of the total agricultural employment (ILCA, 1993; Mengistu, 1996). The livestock resource of the country is characterized by low productivity levels. Average yield per animal slaughtered or milked are estimated to be 110 kg of beef, 10 kg of mutton and 213 kg of cow`s milk. Egg production from indigenous poultry is between 55 and 80. These facts by their own are sufficient reasons justifying the development of human resource training curriculum in the area of animal science to alleviate the pervasive manpower shortage in the country.
The department has a venerable vision to have proven competence in animal science training, research and extension by producing highly competent and skilled professionals in the areas of livestock sector and conducting multidisciplinary research which is innovative, result-oriented and demand driven. .
Its mission is to offer training of high caliber, practically oriented, competent and responsive professionals in the fields of animal sciences with integrated, applied and problem solving research and services/extension.
- BSc in Agricultural Economics
Our undergraduate program is focus on the primary objective to produce a high quality graduate with an entrepreneurial and problem-solving mind-set. The specific objectives of the program are:
- To produce competent animal sciences professionals who could serve as experts and entrepreneurs and professionals who carry out extension activities in animal sciences
- To produce professionals who can give consultative services to solve problem of animal sciences for various community groups and technical innovation in animal sciences development
- To produce innovative graduates with good professional ethics and responsibility to work towards national development goals
- To offer short term trainings for interested people and consultancy services to business organization, non- business organizations and community at large in agricultural economic aspects