South African agriculture produces a wide range of crops and livestock that meet our daily material needs and wants. It is essential that we manage this sector and its socio-economic benefits through responsible and sustainable resource use. Agricultural science explores the most sustainable and efficient agricultural practices to ensure maximum production and profitability.
Agricultural scientists work with a range of laboratory processes, equipment and chemicals and can work with various agricultural stakeholders. They often move between farm fields, greenhouses, laboratories and offices.
Agricultural scientists need to have an in-depth knowledge of plants, animals, land use and natural resource management, as well as trends and patterns in agricultural production. Additional key skills include:
Research the impacts of diverse factors on animal and crop production
Develop procedures and techniques to address challenges and improve production
Study environmental factors affecting crop production, pasture growth, animal breeding and the growth and health of plants
Advise on techniques used to improve production of crops and livestock
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Agriculture at NWU, SU, UFS, UFH, UKZN, UL, UMP, UNISA, Univen, Unizulu and UP
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Agriculture at CPUT, MUT, TUT and UMP
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations and private consultancies.
Various organisations along the agriculture value chain including specific agricultural sector associations.