Agricultural Science

Agricultural tools and their uses - Agricultural machines and their functions

len Alfred Ajibola - Tue, 12th February, 2019 @ 15:10: PM

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Academic Questions in Agricultural Science

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A female chicken less than one year old is referred to as a _____.

  • A. Poult
  • B. Pullet
  • C. Poulta
  • D. Chicken
  • E. Hen
  • F. Fowl

Small plants that grow via vegetative propagation from the parent plants are called _____.

  • A. Child Plants
  • B. Crop Plants
  • C. Plant Crops
  • D. Croplets
  • E. Plantlets
  • F. Progeny

The female part of the flower comprising the stigma, style and ovary is the _____.

  • A. Ovule
  • B. Androecium
  • C. Stamen
  • D. Petal
  • E. Sepal
  • F. Pistil

Which of the following food is best preserved through pasteurization?

  • A. Rice
  • B. Beans
  • C. Coconut
  • D. Meat
  • E. Milk
  • F. Tomatoes

The total number of parasites that are present in a host organism is termed  _____.

  • A. Parasite
  • B. Parasite Count
  • C. Parasite Number
  • D. Parasite Load
  • E. Parasite Value
  • F. Parasite Figure

All plants are crops.


Farm tools and their uses:

Farm tools consist of all the instruments used in farmlands for the purpose of making the farm work easy. Some are simple hand tools which are often manually used on small farmlands while others are large agricutural machines utilized on a much bigger farmlands.

Mechanized farming is the term for describing the use of agricutural machines on farmlands.

Please read on the Definition and Meanings of various Agricutural Terms here.


Below are some of the simple farm tools and their uses


  • Cutlass

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It is used for cutting tree branches, weeds and other plant materials in farmlands.

It is used for digging superficial holes for the planting of seeds.

It can be used for harvesting crops like sugarcane.

Cutlass is also utilized in the planting of crops like melon.

It may also be used in the clearing of bushes.

Please read on the Differences between Plants and Crops here.


  • Shovel

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It is used for digging the soil.

It’s also the used to mix the soil and move trash away from it.


  • Spade

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It’s very similar to the shovel.

It’s used for mixing and digging the soil.

It can also used for leveling up the soil.


  • Hoe

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We have a variety of hoes.

They are generally used for tilling the soil

They are used for making trenches in farmlands.

A hoe is utilized in harvesting crops like yam and cocoyam.

They are also used for cutting weeds on farmlands.

Please read on Soil Erosion here.


  • Bolo

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It is used to cut weeds from the soil.

Please read on the Problems of Agriculture in Nigeria here.


  • Wheelbarrow

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It is used for carrying various materials on the farmland from one place to another.


  • Rake

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It is used for removing dirt from the soil.

It’s also used to level the top soil.


  • Hand Trowel

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It is used for transplanting seedlings.

Please read on the Methods of Plant Propagation here.

It is also used for mixing and loosening the soil.

It’s also used to mix and loosen the soil.


  • Sickle

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A sickle looks like a question mark (?).

It’s used for harvesting plants like rice and wheat.


  • Hand Fork

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It is used for mixing soil and organic matter.

It can also be used for inter-row cultivation.


  • Secateurs

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It looks like a pair of scissors.

It’s used for trimming flowers and leaves.

It is also used for pruning the branches of shrubs.


  • Shears

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It looks like a big pair of scissors.

It’s used for trimming ornamental plants.

It is also used for pruning trees.


  • Axe

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It is used to cut stems and thick sized branches of trees.

It is also used to divide big stems of trees into smaller parts.


  • Pickaxe

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A pickaxe consists of a long wooden handle with a sharp double headed thick metallic blade attached at one end.

It is used for digging and breaking up hard soil.

It is also used in uprooting tree stumps.


  • Crowbar

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A crowbar is used for digging out stones or stumps.

It can also function as a lever arm.


  • Watering Can / Sprinkler

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It is used for applying water to crops and seedlings.

It’s also used for applying liquid fertilizer on the soil.

Please read on Agricutural Land and their Uses here.


  • Sprayers

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It is used for spreading insecticides on farmlands.

Please read on the Pests of Agricutural Importance here.


  • Hammer

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It is used for joining woods by driving nails into it.

It can also be use to break stones.

Hammers can also be utilized in removing nails from woods.

Please read on Hardwood and Softwood here.


  • Mallet

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Mallets are similar to hammers except that its entire body is composed of wood.

It’s used for hitting woods into the ground.

Note: Mechanised Farming is a system of farming whereby agricultural machinery are utilized on farmlands, greatly increasing the farmer's output and productivity.

Please read on the Roles of Government in Agricuture here.

The followings are farm machineries utilized in mechanized farming


Tractor: They are used for carrying or hauling different types of large materials from one point to another.

Agricultural Rollers: They are pulled by tractors and are used to level the soil by breaking large clumps of particles on the surface of the soil.

Irrigation Sprinkler: It is used to water large areas of farmland.

You can attempt LEN ACADEMY Examination Questions for Agricutural Science, JSS1, First Term here.

Plough: They are pulled by tractors and help to cultivate the soil, preparing it for sowing.

Cultivator: It helps to efficiently mix the soil with organic fertilizers and other materials.

Reaper: They are also driven by a tractor. The reaper helps to cut crops into 3-4 inches above ground level. The crops are then carried via its conveyor belt. It’s very useful for crops like oats and barley.

Subsoiler: They are tractor driven and are used for tilling the soil. A subsoiler breaks up and loosens the soil.

Harrows: They level and break up the soil's surface.

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