GROWTH REGULATORY HORMONES EFFECTS IN PINEAPPLE PRODUCTION FOR FOOD INCREASE THROUGH VOCATIONAL AGRIC EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN NIGERIAS TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS
Instructional delivery in Nigerian tertiary institution calls for innovation in this digital era.
Refocusing on proper implementation of the tenets of Technical Vocational Education and
Training (TVET) demands that apprenticeship training, experimenting and trials would reenergize
trainees in internalizing the parameters through which they would be replicated for
repositioning vocational education as the main hub of entrepreneurship studies. Effect of growth
regulatory hormones on pineapple production for effective refocusing of technical vocational
education and training (TVET) instructional delivery in tertiary institutions in Nigeria is the focus
of this paper. Specifically, the study described the effects of ethrel administration on flower
induction in 6-12 months smooth cayenne propagules fruit yield. The trial was carried out in
Agricultural Education demonstration farm of Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
Experimental design was used for the study. One hundred and twenty propagules of smooth
cayenne, from Cross River State Commercial pineapple farm project were used. It resulted that
the mean period of months after administration of ethrel at 100ppm approximately for calcium
carbibe (CaC2) to attain the mean fruit weight at application of 1.5g gave the biggest and brightest
fruits among the other treatments. In conclusion, the use of selected growth regulators in
instructional delivery on pineapple production, can re-energize youths in embarking on
commercial production of pineapple. Recommendations include that for effective refocusing of
Technology and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) on Instructional delivery, practical
knowledge of pineapple production should be demonstrated on the farm laboratory and that ethrel
growth regulator should be applied at 120ppm for flower induction in smooth cayenne production.