The Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka started in 1961 as a joint Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension. The Pioneer Head of the Department was Professor Payne (1965 – 1966) who was succeeded by Professor Warren N. Vincent (1966 – 1967). All staff were seconded from Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA. During the civil war, all expatriate staff of the University departed. After the civil war Dr. M.O. Ijere a development economist was transferred from the Department of Economics to head the Department. Under him the Department attained tremendous growth.
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