Msamb horticulture training programme 2018

Msamb horticulture training programme 2018

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Msamb horticulture training programme 2018

Students, Faculty of Horticulture has launched a new training programme of Master of Horticulture (M.Hort) for students majoring in horticulture to be enrolled for full time or part time.

M.Hort is an MSc programme with more than a hundred students enrolled across Botswana. The programme offers hands-on training to address the current challenges faced by individuals and organisations involved in horticultural research and management, as well as horticulture development and extension.

The students are currently learning by participating in research projects. The main research areas of the M.Hort programme are which are productivity of fruit crops, mango fruit ripening, traditional medicine and ethnobotany, cotton fibre and adhesives, forest, veld and fire science, desert forestry and edible nuts and oil palm breeding.

The Master’s programme is six months duration, requiring a thesis to be produced in the last year. The students have to be proficient in both languages of study, English and the official language of Botswana – Setswana.

In her welcome address at the launch of the programme, the director general of Botswana Department of Horticulture noted that the department had played a key role in encouraging other agriculture-related skills and a combination of various courses including the one provided by the department through the Ministry of Agriculture which is responsible for providing infrastructure for agriculture.

Horticulture is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors. According to the latest report, the total area planted with horticultural crops in Botswana was 2,025 hectares during 2013. The previous report estimates that the total area under horticulture in Botswana was 3,630 hectares in 2012.

What are horticulture

Horticulture is the production, cultivation and breeding of plants and fruits, flowers and vegetables, as well as trees and shrubs, for use in human nutrition, trade, ornamental plant cultivation and garden landscaping. The term can also refer to the study of these plants and their cultivated forms and their effects on human and animal health and nutrition.

What makes horticulture different from agriculture?

Horticulture involves the cultivation of plants or trees which are not required for human nutrition, but rather provide some additional aesthetic or economical value. Some horticultural products such as flowers, fruits and vegetables are directly consumed by humans and animals, while others such as trees and shrubs may be used as living structures.

Horticulture usually takes place in distinct environments, such as greenhouses, protected enclosures, open fields, orchards and other natural habitat. These are usually dedicated to a particular use, such as the cultivation of vegetables or fruits for direct human consumption or the cultivation of flowers or other ornamentals.

As compared to other agricultural products, such as grains and livestock, horticultural products generally are not subject to the quality and safety controls, post-harvest requirements, packing, storage, transportation or marketing that are essential to the food and agriculture industries.

You can learn more about Horticulture in the book on Horticulture Skills by Robert F.G. Shivas, Dr John F. Danschamp and Dr John Davis.

Exploring the new master’s programme in horticulture in Botswana

M.Hort is a three-year full time, or part time, postgraduate Master’s programme that offers a unique opportunity for those who are already engaged in horticulture to further develop their skills and knowledge, by receiving the Master’s of Horticulture (M.Hort) by the Faculty of Horticulture, University of Botswana.

Who can apply?

M.Hort is open to current students enrolled in all fields of studies of the university including: Agriculture, Agricultural Business, Environmental Science, Forest and Biosystems, Forestry, Tropical Plants and Ornamental, Resource Economics and Management, Engineering, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Art.

How much does it cost?

It is expected that an annual tuition fee of about US$9,000 may be charged to enrol for full-time programme or US$5,800 for a part-time programme.

It will not be charged for previous enrolment in the programmes of other universities, vocational or tertiary institutions, or training through government or government sponsored training centres.

International student can apply if he or she meets the conditions specified above. There are no other required conditions.

Where can I study?

Students can study at the main campus of the university in Maun, the campus at the University of Botswana in Serowe, or at a campus in Francistown.

When is the deadline?

Students are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the application deadline. The deadline for the current cohort is March 14th 2018.

How many students enrolled?

A total of more than 100 students are currently enrolled for this programme.

How can I know my application status?

The students can also make application online on the facotry’s website, on portal of student services, or through the facotry’s Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Can I pay with another bank?

Students can pay with another bank account. They will be given an access code to their bank accounts that will enable them to access their funds.

What are the eligibility criteria?

The students should be Botswana residents and national of Botswana. The students must be formally admitted to the Faculty of Horticulture (mgr. Hort).

The current intake of the master’s programme is 60 students.

How to apply?

The application process can be completed online via facotry’s website or portal of student services on portal.

After I’ve filled out the application, I have a decision to make – will I go to Botswana or not?

Yes. In most cases, the student can expect to arrive at the centre in either Gaborone or Serowe, but that decision will depend on how far the selected programme is from the applicant’s residence.

What do I need

Watch the video: Distance Learning Horticulture Courses