The South African agricultural sector and related industries rely on current information to boost agricultural productivity, increase food security and improve rural economic growth. Agricultural extension is the application of scientific research to agricultural practices through providing the link between farmers and research.
Agriculture extension officers work on-site, mostly in rural areas, engaging with farmers in the field. They also spend some time in laboratories and will have their base in an office environment, developing plans for sustainable farming.
A solid understanding of trends and patterns in sustainable agricultural production is vital for agriculture extension officers. Their interaction with farmers and scientists will benefit from:
Engage with research around sustainable farming practices
Develop plans and strategies to promote sustainable farming practices
Liaise with farmers to support increased production yields and implement sustainable practices
Provide training to support improved and sustainable production processes
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Agriculture at NWU, SU, UFS, UFH, UKZN, UL, UMP, UNISA, Univen, Unizulu and UP
B.Agric., B.Agric. (Hons), M.Agric. in Agricultural Extension at UFS, UFH, UKZN, UMP and UP
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Agricultural Management at CPUT, CUT, NMU and UNISA
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Agricultural Extension at CUT, TUT and UMP
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations and private consultancies.
Agricultural sector associations.