Department of Horticultural Sciences

School of Agriculture

About Us

Overview

Horticulture deals with the Science and art of producing fruits, vegetables, flowers, turf and ornamental crops and the management of horticultural enterprises. Graduates can consider careers in formal and informal sectors in the following areas; horticultural crop production, floristry, nursery production, landscape horticulture etc.

Mission

The mission of the department of Horticultural Sciences is to prepare students, citizens, and horticultural industry for the future by discovering new knowledge and disseminate science and technologies to serve the teaching, research and community needs of students and stakeholders in Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture while maintaining a keen focus on relevancy and stewardship of natural resources.

Vision

We strive to be a dynamic, an innovative and leading source of valuable and relevant information and technologies in Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture for students, producers and general public.

Programme

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Horticultural Specialization)

Areas of study include: Floriculture; Greenhouse management; Olericulture or Vegetable Crops: Ornamental Horticulture Nursery and Management and Fruit and Nut tree culture; Specialty crops such as herbs, spices and medicinal plants are also covered.

Because of the diverse nature of the qualification, graduates can consider careers in the formal and informal sectors in the following areas:

♦ Horticultural crop production (fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, ornamentals and flowers)
♦ Floristry – floral design and retail floristry operation
♦ Nursery Production – tree, shrubs and the vine culture and production
♦ Landscape Horticulture – exterior and interior design, construction and maintenance of landscapes including turf (grasses for lawns, landscapes and sport facilities)
♦ Maintenance and service industries – installation of landscape, postharvest handling, storage and public gardens
♦ Horticulture graduates are also needed as field supervisors, sales representatives, technical advisers in industries related to grower cooperatives, manufacture and distributors of agricultural chemicals
♦ Graduates can be involved in training, research and be self-employed in entrepreneurship activities.

Modules

Modules

Below is a list of the modules offered by the department.

CODE AND NAME OF MODULE (Prerequisite in brackets)
FRT 2541: Principle of horticultural crops productions
HRT 2641/3641: Plant propagation
HRT 3542: Tropical and subtropical fruit and nut trees production
HRT 3531 : Ornamental horticulture
HRT 3533 : Plant tissue culture
HRT 3641/202: Plant propagation
HRT 3534 : Citriculture / Citrus Production
HRT 3631/212 : Olericulture
HRT 3632: Controlled environment horticulture
HRT 4532/322: Spice, herbs, beverages and medicinal crops
HRT 4541/412: Physiology of horticultural crops
HRT 4642: Agriculture biotechnology(Prereq GEN1641/BCM2541)
HRT 4631/321: Citrus production
HRT 4633/302: Temperate fruits and nuts production
HRT 4081/400: Seminar
HRT 5531 : Advanced plant propagation
HRT 5532 : Advanced pomology
HRT 5533 : Advanced olericulture
HRT 5621 : Special topics in horticultural sciences
HRT 5622 : Sustainable horticultural crops production
HRT 7541 : Data analysis & evaluation techniques in HRT
HRT 7542 : Agriculture biotechnology
HRT 7543 : Special Topics in HRT crop production
HRT 7544 : Guide to interdisciplinary research
HRT 7641 : Advances in Horticultural crops production systems
HRT 7642 : Post harvest diseases: Tropical & subtropical HRT crops
HRT 7643 : Advances in Horticultural crop protection
HRT 70 99 : Dissertation
HRT 8099 : Thesis
Staff

The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Horticultural Sciences

Name: Miss Maurine Ramokone Mothapo
Designation: Teaching Assistant - Horticulture


Name: Miss Maanea Lonia Ramphinwa
Designation: Lecturer


Name: Ms Fhatuwani Thovhogi
Designation: Lecturer


Name: Prof Godwin Richard Ainamensa Mchau
Designation: Professor


Name: Miss Mashudu Viginia Makhado
Designation: Laboratory Assistant