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Oyo farm school, Nigeria, 1933 - 1964

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y304Q/4/29

Scope and Contents

220 x 165 mm. A view of a man ploughing a field with two oxen. The caption continues: 'A student learning to use the cultivator at Oyo Farm School in South Western Nigeria. The students mostly prefer hand cultivation to the plough. They consider ploughing too dependent on the health of the team.' A further caption about Oyo Farm School reads: 'An agricultural school run by experts has been started in Oyo Nigeria for young West Africans between seventeen and twenty seven, to encourage them to return to the land and farm profitably. Since the school was opened in 1942, the first experimental class has now finished their training, and are settled on the land. Seven of the ex-students are remaining in the Farm school. Each received four acres of good land for buildings for their livestock and a ten pound grant to build a house. There they have settled as a rural community, and their farms serve as a model for the new pupils. To attract good material straight from schools, the Agricultural Department awarded scholarships up to sixty pounds for successful candidates for subsistence during the two year course, and to buy livestock and equipment when he passes out. Teaching is in English and mostly practical work. All branches of mixed farming are taught, and visits and information with local settlers are exchanged. In due course the school proposes to experiment with illiterate youths who are farmers already. If the young men can be attracted to farming by modern methods, one of the serious economic and social problems of Nigeria may be solved.' This is a British Official Photograph (West Africa).


  • Creation: 1933 - 1964


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Fair condition.



Finding aid date

2006-04-11 15:54:10+00:00

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