Cedara to offer first B Agric in SA

2010-02-23 00:00

CEDARA College of Agriculture will be offering degrees for the first time this year in addition to its diploma programmes.

The Bachelor of Agriculture (B Agric) is offered in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The B Agric is apparently the first of its kind in the country and the first degree to be offered at an agricultural college.

Cedara College principal Sivelile Nompozolo said it has taken five years for the two partners to work out all the details to ensure the new degree complies with stringent educational, academic and legal requirements.

“Preparations for the ceremo­nial signing of the memorandum of understanding are afoot, but it has been an extensive process,” he said.

“It has gone through the university academic process and through the national department of Education. It was finally accredited by the Council on Higher Education in December last year.”

He said the programme will be a three-year degree focusing on the education and training of agricultural extension practitioners to work in developmental agriculture.

While they have capacity for 25 students per year, nine are enrolled for this year.

Students of Dr Steven Worth at UKZN will be trained to work with farmers who produce mostly for home consumption, which will assist themto develop the capacity to engage in profitable market-orien­ted farming.

“The qualification will integrate practical learning in agricultural production and farm management currently offered at Cedara, but with specially designed courses in agricultural extension, rural development and rural resource management …

“Students who perform well enough will be able to access UKZN’s B Agric honours programme and, from there, pursue post graduate studies,” said Nompozolo.

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