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The department of Plant Production offers undergraduate and postgraduate training in agronomy through teaching, research and community engagement that is geared towards sustainable agriculture and rural development in Southern Africa.

Last updated 04 November 2015

The Department of Plant Production at the University of Venda offers an undergraduate programme I.e. BSc Plant Production which covers all aspects of crop production including the agronomy of crops, physiology of crop plants, plant genetics and crop protection. MSC and PhD programmes are also offered in the department with specialization in the aforementioned disciplines.

Last updated 20 November 2015

CODE AND NAME OF MODULE
AGR 1631 : Agriculture and Humankind
AGR 2531 : Introduction to plant production
AGR 3541 : Principles & application of plant production
AGR 3641 : Introductory plant breeding and seed production
AGR 3631: Dryland farming technology
AGR 4532: Management of natural and cultivated pastures
AGR 4531: Agronomy of selected commercial crops
AGR 4631: Agronomy of selected oil seed, fibre & cereal crops
AGR 4533: Bio-energy crops: Agronomy and post harvest processing
AGR 4632: Agronomy of selected field crops
AGR 4081: Project and seminar presentation
AGR 5531: Agronomy of cereal crops
AGR 5631: Agronomy of legumes and tuber crops
PPR 2541/3541: Introduction to plant protection
PPR 3631: Agricultural entomology
PPR 3641: Weed science
PPR 3542/4541: Plant pathology
PPR 5621: Weed science
PPR 5632: Disease and insect pest control
PPR 5632: Research project and mini dissertation
AGR 6531: Special topics in crop production
AGR 6542: Special topics in plant breeding
AGR 6631: Crop production systems
AGR 6642: Advances in applied crop physiology
PPR 6541: Advanced plant protection
AGR 6099: Dissertation
AGR 7099: Thesis

Last updated 13th October 2015

Accredited Journal Articles

Manenji, B.T. and Ogola J.B.O. (2015). Growth and yield of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.): Response to genotypes and watering regime. (Submitted to European Journal of Agronomy, February 2015).

Mathews C., Ogola J.B.O, Botha, W., Magongwa, S.M. and Gaur. P. (2015). First report of root rot caused by Pythium spp. on chickpea in South Africa. (Submitted to Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B – Soil & Plant Science, May 2015).

Ogola, J.B.O. (2015). Growth and yield response of chickpea to rhizobium inoculation: productivity in relation to interception of radiation. (Submitted to Legume Research, March 2015)

Zhou MM and Gwata ET (2015). Location effects and their implications in breeding for sugarcane yield and quality in the midlands region in South Africa. Crop Sci. Accepted. In press.

Zhou MM and Gwata ET (2015). Quantifying sugarcane cultivar genetic gains in the midlands region of South Africa. Agron. J. In Review.

Mzezewa J, Gwata ET and LD van Rensburg. (2015). Water infiltration into micro-catchments as influenced by tillage and rainfall intensity. Agric. Water Manag. Submitted.

Mushoriwa H, Derera J, Tongoona P, and Gwata ET (2015). Genetic diversity of Zimbabwean soybean genotypes based on phenotypic and SSR markers. Crop Sci. Submitted.

Benyi K, Netshipale AJ, Mahlako KT, Gwata ET (2015). Effect of genotype and stocking density on broiler performance during two subtropical seasons. Trop. Anim. Health Prod. 47: 969-74.

Ogola, J.B.O., Madzivhandila, T. and Odhiambo, J.J.O. (2013). Water use of chickpea: response to genotype and phosphorus fertilizer rates in winter and summer sowings. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment 11 (3 & 4): 1341-1347.

Ogola, J.B.O. and Nethanani, R. (2013). Genotypic differences in stomatal conductance and relative water content of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan [L.] Millsp.). Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment 11 (3 & 4): 2712-2716.

Ogola, J.B.O. and Thangwana, M.N. (2013). Water use efficiency of summer sown chickpea in a tropical environment: Response to genotype and planting density. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment 11 (3 & 4): 2689-2695.

Gwata ET and Wofford DS. (2013). Potential of RAPD analysis of the promiscuous nodulation trait in soybean (Glycine max L). Biol. Fertil. Soils 49(2): 241-244

Gwata ET and Shimelis H (2013). Evaluation of Pigeonpea Germplasm for Important Agronomic Traits in Southern Africa. In: A. Goyal and M. Asif (eds). Crop Production. Intech, Riyeka, Croatia. ISBN 980-953-307-799-9. pp.1-16

Shimelis H. and Gwata ET. (2013). Potential of Vernonia (Vernonia galamensis) as an Industrial

Crop in Africa. In: A. Goyal and M. Asif (eds). Crop Production. Intech, Riyeka, Croatia.

Gwata ET and Mzezewa J. (2013). Optional crop technologies at a semi-arid ecotope in Southern Africa. J. Food Agric. Environ. 11: 291-295

Madzivhandila, T, Ogola, J.B.O, and Odhiambo, J.J.O. (2012). Growth and yield response of four chickpea cultivars to phosphorus fertilizer rates. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment 10 (3 & 4): 451-455.

Ogola, J.B.O., Orawo, A.O. and Ayieko, W.O. (2012). Assessment of factors affecting the farmer demand for seed potato in Nakuru District, Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Research 7(23): 4151-4157.

Thangwana, M.N. and Ogola, J.B.O. (2012). Yield and yield components of chickpea (Cicer arietinum): response to genotype and planting density in summer and winter sowings. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment 10 (2): 710-715.

E.C Kunjeku, M. Chourombo and D.E. Taylor. 2014. Species diversity and population dynamics of thrips (Thysanoptera) on field beans, Phaseolus vulgaris l. Xth European Congress of Entomology, York, UK 3 -8 August 2014.

M. L. Mhazo, E. C. Kunjeku, A. Addo-Bediako and B. W. Blair. 2014. Efficacy of Solanum panduriforme (Mey) based extracts on the cabbage aphid, Brevicoryne brassicae (Linnaeus). Xth European Congress of Entomology, York, UK 3 -8 August 2014.

E C Kunjeku and J C Fourie. 2014. Preliminary evaluation of effectiveness of brassica species as cover crops in vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. 5th International Symposium on Biofumigation. Harper Adams, UK 9 -12 September 2014.

E.C.Kunjeku. 2014. Use of Innovative Teaching Methods at the University of Venda. Proceedings of NICHE ZAF 012 Conference on “Best practices in inter-institutional linkages for collective innovation in teaching, action-research and community engagement” 15 – 18 Sept 2014 Polokwane, South Africa

Ogola, J.B.O. and Mathews, C. (2011). Adaptation of cassava (Manihot esculenta) to the dry environments of Limpopo, South Africa: growth, yield and yield components. African Journal of Agricultural Research 6 (28): 6082-6088.

Ogola, J.B.O., Ayieko, W.O., Orawo, A.O. and Kimani, F.W. (2011). Analysis of Fertilizer Use in Potato Production in Nakuru District, Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Research 6 (16): 3672-3677.

Gwata ET. (2011). Desirable models for circumventing bottlenecks in cultivar release and dissemination in sub-Saharan Africa. J. Food Agric. Environ. 9: 332-335.

Kunjeku EC and Gwata ET. (2011). Occurrence of insect species in pigeonpea grown in Limpopo (South Africa). J. Food Agric. Environ. 9: 988–991.

Mzezewa J, Gwata ET and van Rensburg LD. (2011). Yield and seasonal water productivity of sunflower as affected by tillage and cropping systems under dryland conditions in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Agric. Water Manag. 98:1485-1682.

Book Chapters

Kunjeku, E. C. 2014. The use of innovative teaching methods for maximizing skills in learning plant pathology at the University of Venda. Chapter 3 IN: Proceedings of NICHE ZAF 012 Conference on “Best practices in inter-institutional linkages for collective innovation in teaching, action-research and community engagement” (Eds: P. Chaminuka, N. Rozemeijer, D. Norris, D. Enserik & I. Mariga). Sept 2014 Polokwane, South Africa

Gwata ET and Shimelis H (2013). Evaluation of Pigeonpea Germplasm for Important Agronomic Traits in Southern Africa. In: A. Goyal and M. Asif (eds). Crop Production. Intech, Riyeka, Croatia. ISBN 980-953-307-799-9. pp.1-16

Shimelis H and Gwata ET. (2013). Potential of Vernonia (Vernonia galamensis) as an Industrial Crop in Africa. In: A. Goyal and M. Asif (eds). Crop Production. Intech, Riyeka, Croatia. ISBN 980-953-307-799-9. pp.131-148

Obonyo, D.N. and Ogola, J.B.O. (2011). Transgenic Pesticidal Crops and the Environment: The Case of Bt Maize and Natural Enemies, Pesticides in the Modern World - Risks and Benefits, Margarita Stoytcheva (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-458-0, InTech, Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/transgenic-pesticidal-crops-and-the-environment-the-case-of-bt-maize-and-natural-enemies.

Mzezewa J. and Gwata ET. (2011). The nature of rainfall deficit at a typical semi-aridtropical ecotope in southern Africa and options for sustainable crop production. (ed) P. Sharma. Crop Production Technologies . Intech, Riyeka. Croatia. ISBN 978-953-307-787-1, Intech, Riyeka, Croatia. pp. 93-112

Conference proceedings and other outputs

Lusiba, S.G., Odhiambo, J.J.O., Ogola J.B.O. (2015). Effect of biochar and phosphorus fertilizer application on selected soil chemical properties and yield of chickpea (Cicer arietinum). Combined Congress 2015. Book of Abstracts pp. 236.

Macil, P.J., Ogola J.B.O, Odhiambo, J.J.O.and Lusiba, S.G. (2015). Effect of biochar and phosphorus fertilizer application on photosynthesis, stomatal conductance and chlorophyll content of chickpea (Cicer arietinum). Combined Congress 2015. Book of Abstracts pp. 232.

Mubvuma, M T., Ogola, J.B.O.,and Mhizha, T. (2015). Growth and yield response of chickpea to planting date under different watering regimes. Paper presented at the International Conference on Agriculture and Food, 1-5 June 2015, Elenite, Bulgaria.

Mtengwa ORS (2015). Assessing the Magnitude of Effectiveness of Surrogate Student Tutors in a Rural-Based Institute of Higher Learning (Case: University Of Venda). Paper presented in Istanbul, Turkey at the 2nd International Conference on Education Social sciences and Humanities.

Mtengwa ORS, A Shayanowako A, Mangani R, Mazarura U (2015). Effect of tuber size and planting depth on growth, yield and quality of potato variety BP1. Combined Congress 2015.

Macil, P.J., Ogola J.B.O, Odhiambo, J.J.O, Lusiba, S.G. (2014). The response of some physiological traits of chickpea (Cicer arietinum) to biochar and phosphorous fertilizer. In: Technical innovation for a sustainable tropical agriculture: proceedings 16th World Fertilizer Congress of CIEC, Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brazil, October 20-24, 2014 (Eds. V.M. Benites et al.). – Rio de Janeiro: CIEC, 2014.409

Manenji B.T. and Ogola J.B.O. (2014). Growth and yield response of six chickpea genotypes to different watering levels. 13th ESA Congress 25-29 September 2014, Debrecen, Hungary. Book of Abstracts pp. 385-386

Leboho, T.M., Ogola J.B.O. and Laurie, S.M. (2014). Propagation potential of sweet potato (Ipomea batatas [L] Lam) cultivars in Limpopo. Combined Congress 2014. Book of Abstracts pp. 210.

Thangwana A and Gwata T (2014). Genetic improvement of tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius) germplasm for smallholder growers in Limpopo Province (South Africa). Tropentag, September 17-19, 2014, Prague, Czech Republic.

Magongwa, S.M., Ogola J.B.O. and Mathews, C. (2013). Agronomic evaluation of bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranean) landrace collections in a dry environment. International Plant Breeding Congress 10-14 November 2013, Antalya, Turkey. Book of Abstracts pp. 581.

Magongwa, S.M., Ogola J.B.O., Odhiambo, J.J.O. and Mathwes, C. (2013). Effect of zinc fertilizer on growth and yield of maize (Zea mays) in semi-arid Mpumalanga Province. Combined Congress 2013. Book of Abstracts pp. 79.

Maphoto, P.N, Odhiambo, J.J.O. and Ogola, J.B.O. (2013). Effect of cultivar and lime application on yield and yield components of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). In: XVII. International Plant Nutrition Colloquium & Boron Satellite Meeting Proceedings Book, pp 986-987, Sabanci University, Istanbul. ISBN 978-605-4348-62-6. Retrieved from http://www.plantnutrition.org/en/2013ipnc-b-proceedings.html.

Ogola J.B.O., Mathews, C. and Magongwa, S.M. (2013). The productivity of cassava – legume intercropping system in a dry environment in Nelspruit, South Africa. 11th African Crop Science Society Conference 14-17 October 2013, Entebbe, Uganda. Book of Abstracts pp.

Ramathavhana T, Laurie S.M. and Ogola, J.B.O. (2013). Multiplication and dissemination of new ARC sweet potato cultivars in Vhembe District. SA Society for Agriculture Technicians 31st Annual congress, 17-20 September 2013, Rustenburg.

Rikhotso T, Gwata ET and Mzezewa J. (2013). Preliminary selection of early bambara groundnut for urban markets in Limpopo Province (South Africa). Tropentag, September 17-19, 2013, Stuttgart, Germany.

Mtengwa O.R.S, Tagwira F and Chiteka Z.A (2013) Improving smallholder groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) production systems through use of composted phosphate. Legume conference 2013

Mtengwa O.R.S, Tagwira F and Chiteka Z.A (2013) Improving Smallholder Groundnut Production Systems through Use of Composted Rock Phosphate –a Case Mutare, Zimbabwe. Paper presented at the Tropentag 2013.

Mtengwa ORS. (2013) The potentials of Amaranth in managing opportunistic infections of HIV/ AIDS and other diseases. Paper presented at the symposium for Infectious diseases 2013.

Gwata E.T. and Ogola J.B.O. (2012). The potential of pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.] in the Limpopo river basin in Southern Africa. In: Proc. IX Southern African Plant Breeding Symposium, 12-14 March, 2012. Skukuza, South Africa.

Gwata E.T., Ogola J.B.O., Mabapa P.M, Owoye L. and Ngobeni D.N. (2012).Progress in expanding pigeonpea to non-tradtional areas in southern Africa. In: Proc. Third Int. Agron. Congr., Agric., Diversif., Climate Change Manag. Livelihoods. 26-30 Nov. 2012, New Delhi, India. Ext. Sum. 2: 494-495

Masowa, M.M., Odhiambo, J.J.O. and Ogola, J.B.O. (2012). Effect of rhizhobium inoculation on growth and yield of chickpea (Cicer arietinum l.) in semi-arid Limpopo province. Combined Congress 2012. Book of Abstracts pp. 134.

Ogola, J.B.O. (2012). Highlights of cassava and chickpea research projects at UNIVEN. Paper presented to the faculty of Junagadh Agricultural University, Gujarat, India on 23 November 2012.

Ogola, J.B.O. and Mathews, C. (2012). Radiation interception by a cassava (Manihot esculenta) crop in a dry environment. Proceedings 6th International Crop Science Congress, Bento Goncalves, Brazil, August 2012.

Ogola, J.B.O., Muravha, K., Odhiambo, J.J.O., Mathews, C. and Masowa M.M. (2012). Effect of Rhizhobium inoculation on radiation use of winter-sown chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) in a dry environment. IAEA-CN-191. Synopses pp. 59.

Ogola, J.B.O., Mutshekwa, N. and Mathews, C. (2012). Effect of genotype on water use of cassava (Manihot esculenta crantz) crop in a dry environment. In: Agriculture Diversification, Climate Change Management and Livelihoods, Proceedings 3rd International Agronomy Congress, New Delhi, India 26-30 November 2012. Extended Summary.

Ogola, J.B.O., Nethanani, R. and Gwata, E.T. (2012). Genotypic differences in stomatal conductance of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan). Minia International Conference for Agriculture and Irrigation in the Nile Basin Countries. Book of Abstracts pp. 99.

Silungwe H, Sanyauka F and Gwata ET. (2012). Degradation of vitamin C in oven and sun-dried tomatoes pre-treated with brine. In: Proc. II Int. Conf. Postharvest Technol. Quality Manag. Postharvest Africa 2012, 25-29 November, 2012, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Kunjeku EC, Murivhuli TA and Gwata ET. (2012). Screening of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) cultivars for tolerance to damage by Callosobruchus Species. In: Proc. II Int. Conf. Postharvest Technol. Quality Manag. Postharvest Africa 2012, 25-29 November, 2012, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Silungwe H, Mudau T. and Gwata ET. (2012). Evaluation of microbial proliferation in traditional Mageu beverage produced in Limpopo (South Africa). In: Proc. XVI IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology, 5-9 August 2012, Parana, Brazil.

Mtengwa O.R.S. (2012) Zooming into the agronomy and benefits of Aloe vera in relation to opportunistic infections, HIV and AIDS and other diseases. Paper presented at the symposium for Infectious diseases 2012. (http://iufost.org.br/en/bookofabstracts) ISSN 2304-7992.

Mtengwa ORS. (2012) A model for Food security and rehabilitation of offenders through Agriculture. Paper presented at the symposium for the department of correctional services of South Africa

Gwata, E.T. and Ogola, J.B.O., Kunjeku, E.C. and Odhiambo, J.J.O. (2011). Evidence for the potential production of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) in the Limpopo river basin in Southern Africa. African Crop Science Society Conference 2011. Book of Abstracts pp. 244.

Magongwa, S.M., Lengwati, M.D., Mathews, C., Ogola, J.B.O. and Magorokosho, C. (2011). Evaluation of early maturing open pollinated (EPOP) maize lines in Mpumalanga, South Africa. African Crop Science Society Conference 2011. Book of Abstracts pp. 295.

Mathews, C., Ogola, J.B.O., Vilane, M. and Gaur, P.M. (2011). Growth and yield of elite desi chickpea in a dry environment in South Africa. African Crop Science Society Conference 2011. Book of Abstracts pp. 251.

Mathews, C., Ogola, J.B.O., Vilane, M. and Gaur, P.M. (2011). Optimum planting date for chickpea in one dry region of South Africa. African Crop Science Society Conference 2011. Book of Abstracts pp. 67

Ogola, J.B.O., Dondofema, F., Jacobz, M. and Siphugu, C. (2011). Republic of South Africa status report on biofuels. A technical report submitted to RAEIN-Africa, January 2011.

Shilenge, S.K. and Ogola, J.B.O. (2011). Evaluating adaptation of cassava (Manihot esculenta) in Limpopo Province. Combined Congress 2011. Book of Abstracts pp. 184 Gwata ET, Mchau GRA and Marubini F. (2011). Preliminary evaluation of improved exotic pigeonpea cultivars in Limpopo (South Africa). Tropentag, 5-7 October 2011, Bonn, Germany.

Mariga IK, Gwata ET and Mhelembe KG. (2011). Agronomic characterization of tepary beanaccessions in Limpopo (South Africa). In: Proc. Afr. Crop Sci. Soc. 10th Conf., Maputo, Moçambique.

Gwata ET and Mzezewa J. (2011). Implications for Crop Production at a Semi-arid Ecotope in the Limpopo Basin in South Africa. In: IV Ann. Int. Symp. Agric. Res., 18-21 July, 2011. Athens, Greece. ISBN: 978-960-9549-18-9. pp. 31.

Mzezewa J and Gwata ET. (2011). Characterization of the long-term rainfall pattern at a semi-arid ecotope in the Limpopo Basin in South Africa. In: IV Ann. Int. Symp. Agric. Res., 18-21 July, 2011. Athens, Greece. ISBN: 978-960-9549-18-9. pp. 46.

Dr. E.T. Gwata (Senior Lecturer): BSc(Agric)(Hons)(Novi Sad), MSc(Univ of Melbourne), PhD (Univ of Florida)
Tel: +27 15 962 8628

Selected Publications:

  • Gwata ET and Siambi M. (2009). Genetic enhancement of pigeonpea for high latitude areas in Southern Africa. Afr. J. Biotech. 8: 4413-4417
  • Gwata ET and Silim SN. (2009). Utilization of landraces for the genetic enhancement of pigeonpea in Eastern and Southern Africa. J. Food Agric. Environ. 7:803-806
  • de Villiers S, Emongor Q, Njeri R, Gwata ET et al. (2008). Evaluation of the shoot regeneration response in tissue culture of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan [L.] Millsp.) varieties adapted to eastern and southern Africa. Afr. J. Biotech. 7:587-590
  • Gwata ET, Silim SN and Mgonja M. (2006). Impact of a new source of resistance to fusarium wilt in pigeonpea. J. Phytopathol. 154:62-64
  • Gwata ET, Wofford DS, Boote KJ, Blount AR et al. (2005). Inheritance of promiscuous nodulation in soybean. Crop Sci. 45:635-638

Last updated 13th October 2015

The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Plant Production

Prof JBO Ogola
Position: Head

Qualifications: BSc(Hons)(Nairobi), MSc(Nairobi), PhD(Reading)

Department: Plant Production

Telephone: +27 15 962 9005
Email: ochanda.ogola@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture


Prof ET Gwata
Position: Associate Professor

Qualifications: BSc(Agric)(Univ Novi Sad), MSc(Univ. of Melbourne), PhD (Univ. of Florida)

Department: Plant Production

Telephone: +27 15 962 8628
Email: Eastonce.gwata@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture


Prof EC Kunjeku
Position: Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: B.S(Psy)(California Coast Univ.), BSc(Agric)(Hons) (University of Zimbabwe), MSc(Univ. of London), PhD(Univ. of London)

Department: Plant Production

Telephone: +27 15 962 8625
Email: ednah.kunjeku@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture


Ms ORS Mtengwa
Position: Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc(Agric), MSc(Agric)(Africa University, Zimbabwe)

Department: Plant Production

Telephone: +27 15 962 8759
Email: onai.mtengwa@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture


Ms TM Leboho
Position: Laboratory Technician

Qualifications: BAgric (Univen), BAgric(Hons)(Univen)

Department: Plant Production

Telephone: +27 15 962 9016
Email: terry.leboho@univen.ac.za
Office: School of Agriculture


Last updated 20 November 2015