Bachelor of Agriculture in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management
Mr Lambert Letsoalo
The Bachelor of Agriculture (Agricultural Extension & Rural Resources Management) was developed to address the changing agricultural landscape in South Africa. The changes redirect agriculture to the majority population which has been marginalised and generally denied meaningful access to the agricultural sector of the South African economy. This vision for agriculture requires agricultural extension practitioners who can facilitate the establishment of self-reliant farmers who are contributing to widespread prosperity.
The qualification aims to train and equip agricultural extension practitioners with the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to build the capacity of farmers and farming communities to engage in market-‐orientated sustainable agricultural production, diversification of products and value adding, to improve their household livelihoods and to contribute to strengthening the rural economy.
The qualification was designed to train Agricultural Extension practitioners who will work in agricultural and rural development in the NGO sector, for government service, for agri-business and for other private sector companies involved with farmers and rural communities.
Bachelor of Agriculture graduates will help meet the demand for professionals who can lead and manage agricultural extension through the complexities of agricultural and rural transformation. It prepares them with a deliberate mix of extension, development and agricultural production and management competencies. The agricultural extension component is grounded in a learning framework and the agricultural component is grounded in a practice framework.
The minimum requirements for admission to a Bachelor’s Degree must be met. In addition, students will have the following:
National Senior Certificate:
- Admission Points Score (APS): 26 with mathematics or 28 with Mathematic Literacy
- English (home language or first additional language): Level 4.
- Mathematics: Level 4 or Mathematical Literacy: Level 6.
- One of Agriculture, Life Science or Physical Science: Level 4
|Plant Protection 1
|Rural Wealth Creation
|Introduction to Farm Management IA
|Introduction to Soil Science IA
|Computer Application for Extension
|Rural Economic Systems
|Farm Management 1B
|Scientific Writing and Reporting for Agriculture Extension
|Soil science 1B
|Introduction to Vegetable Production 2A
|Introduction to Agronomy 2A
|Introduction to Fruit Crop Production (Citrus & Subtrop) 2A
|Budget and Risk Management 2A
|Introduction to Irrigation (Water) 2A
|Fruit Production 2B
|Agronomy Practices 2B
|Vegetable Production 2B
|Managing Irrigation Systems 2B
|Designing Agriculture Extension Projects
|Developing a Farm Business Plan
|Developing a Land Use Plan
|Participatory Agricultural Extension
Additional Information for Potential Students and other Stakeholders
Agricultural Extension in the broader context of agricultural development, was included among the critical skill shortages identified by the South African National Strategy for Agricultural Education and Training. Further, the Norms and Standards developed for Agricultural Extension in South Africa indicated a need to strengthen the knowledge and skills within public and private sector agricultural extension services; including extension skills and practical agricultural skills.
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