WAEC Agric Practical Questions and Answers 2023/2024 PDF Download. Are you writing the SSCE Examination for this academic year? Be it WAEC, NECO, GCE, you need to know the exact set of questions that you will be tackling. This article provides information regarding the WAEC Agric Practical Questions and Answers.
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Important Things to Know About WAEC Agric Practical Exams
- You must have a composite table showing all the parameters in the question with clear headings (make sure you state the unit in the table and graph)
- Your values must be at least 2 decimal places (d.p). Beware of inconsistent d.p.
- Systematic error, gross error, and disregard of instruction are always penalized
- The axes of your graph must be correctly distinguished
- Use reasonable scale
- You must plot all your points correctly
Likely and repeated WAEC Agric Practical Questions and Answers
(a) The diagrams labelled 0 and E below show some animal parasites.
Study them carefully and answer the questions that follow:
(i) Name the animal parasites labelled 0 and E. [2 marks]
(ii) Mention one primary host and one secondary host of the parasite labelled D. [2 marks]
(iii) State two ways of controlling the parasite labelled E. [ 2 marks]
(b) A poultry farmer had 600 layers in lay. After an initial high monthly collection of eggs, the farmer observed a rapid decline in production.
The farmer’s observation is as shown in the table below.
Egg Production Records
|Total number of||16,800||17,700||
|eggs collected per||
Study the table carefully and answer the questions that follow.
(i) Determine the percentage drop in egg production from February to March. [ 2 marks]
(ii) Suggest four possible causes of the rapid decline in egg production from April to August. [4 marks]
(iii) State three characteristics of the layers that the farmer could use to cull out the unproductive ones from the flock. [ 3 marks]
This question was fairly attempted by the candidates. In question 4 (a)(i – iii), many candidates were able to identify the animal parasite labelled E(Tick) and state ways of controlling the parasite.
However, most of the candidates could not identify the parasite labelled D(Liver fluke) and mention the primary host and secondary host of the parasite
Further to this, in question 4(a)(i-iii) majority of the candidates were unable to determine the percentage drop in egg production from February to March. Neither could they suggest possible causes of the rapid decline in egg production from April to August. Also, they could not state the characteristics of the layers that the farmer could use to cull out the unproductive ones from the flock.
The expected answers include:
Name of animal parasites labelled D and E
D – Liverfluke
E – Tick
Primary and Secondary hosts of the parasite labeled D
– Primary host – Cattle/sheep
– Secondary host – Water snail (Umnea trunculata)
Determination of the percentage drop in egg production from February to March
– February – 17,700 eggs
– March – 16,200 eggs
17,700 – 16,200 x 100
1500 x 100 = 8.47%
Possible causes of the rapid decline in egg production from April to August
– Consumption of poor quality feed
– Inadequate feed supply
– Disease conditions
– Poor lighting system
– Inadequate feed additives to stimulate egg production
– Poor housing system
– Cannibalism/egg pecking
– Pest infection
– Poor laying stocks
– Inadequate water supply
– High noise level
– Poor sanitary conditions
– Overcrowding leading to competition for feed
– Mortality occurring during the period
– Ageing flock
– Stealing by poultry attendants
Characteristics of layers that the farmer could use to cull out the unproductive birds
– Birds with dull, dry shriveled scaly comb
– Pale, dry, poorly developed wattles
– Yellowish tinted and dull eyes
– Shrunken, dry and puckered cloaca/vent
– Contracted, hard and fleshy abdomen
– Tendency to lay peewee eggs/small eggs
– Thick skin underlaid with fat
– Tendency to brood/broodiness
– Pubic bones blunt, rigid and close together
– Yellow eye ring and ear lobe
– Yellow beak
– Yellow and round shanks
– Plumage are not ruffled.
– Early and slow moulting
– Cannibalistic traits
– Poor daily egg production rate
– Poor feed conversion efficiency
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