Historical background of the college

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is one of the four colleges in Arsi University. The college is established at historical place of former Chilalo Agriculture Development Unit (CADU) and Arsi Rural Development Unit (ARDU). CADU was replaced by ARDU in 1975 and existed until 1985. Chilalo Agriculture Development Unit (CADU) was established in 1967 G.C. with bilateral agreement with SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) used to encompass research and extension of agricultural technologies; and it is hailed for its rich experience in agricultural activities and extension work with farmers in order to achieve an overall development of this fertile region. The main target of CADU was to carry out research and experiment to have improved seed varieties to the region, to increase the milk yield, genetic improvement, soil and natural resource conservation.

From 1994-2000 E.C. the present college site had been served as Asella ATVET College under Oromia Agricultural Bureau to train development agents in agriculture fields.

The National Regional State of Oromia transferred the then called Asella ATVET college to Adama Science and Technology University in 2008 G.C (2001E.C.) and it is established as School of Agriculture. In 2007 E.C. the college became one of the founding colleges of Arsi University.

About The College

College of Agriculture and environmental sciences is dedicated to advancing agricultural development through training, knowledge generation and service delivery. The college trains high caliber professionals in agriculture in undergraduate graduate programs and one undergraduate level.

The college upholds the values of educational relevance, transparency, social accountability, gender sensitivity, equity, community participation and empowerment. In line with this, the college works in partnership with training, research, industry and extension/service institutions locally and nationally.

College of Agriculture and environmental Sciences comprises of five departments in the fields of agriculture namely, Plant Sciences, Animal Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Agribusiness and Value Chain Management and Food Science and Post-harvest Technology.