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The department focuses on utilizing scientific principles to advance the art of field crop production including forage and fodder crops. The broad–based curriculum prepares the graduates for a wide range of career options such as research, training and public sector.

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

CODENAME OF MODULE (Prerequisite in brackets)
AGR 1631 Agriculture and Humankind
AGR 2531 Introduction to plant production
AGR 3541 Principles & application of plant physiology in plant production
(Prereq BIO1643 and AGR2631)
AGR 3641 Introductory plant breeding and seed production
AGR 2631 Dryland farming technology (Prereq AGR 2531)
AGR 3533 Management of natural and cultivated pastures
AGR 3532 Agronomy of selected commercial crops (Prereq PPR 3541)
AGR 3643 Agronomy of selected oil seed, fibre & cereal crops
AGR 4081 Project and seminar presentation
AGR 5531 Agronomy of cereal crops
AGR 5631 Agronomy of legumes and tuber crops
PPR 2541 Introduction to plant protection (Prereq AGR 2531)
PPR 3631 Agricultural entomology (Prereq PPR 2541)
PPR 3641 Weed science (Prereq PPR 2541)
PPR 3542 Plant pathology (Prereq PPR 2541, PPR 3541)
PPR 5621 Weed science
PPR 5632 Disease and insect pest control
PPR 5099 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


1. 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. In press.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Kimurto P.K., Gottschalk, K., Kinyua, M.G., Ogola, J.B.O., Towett, B.K. (2010). Crop conceptual model for predicting productivity of bread wheat in semi-arid Kenya. Agricultural Engineering International: CIGR Journal 12 (3):25-37.

8. Mabapa, M.P., Ogola, J.B.O., Odhiambo, J.J.O., Whitbread, A. and Hargreaves, J. (2010). Effect of phosphorus fertilizer rates on growth and yield of three soybean (Glycine max) cultivars in Limpopo Province. African Journal of Agricultural Research 5 (19):2653-2660.

9. Odhiambo, J.J.O, Ogola, J.B.O, and Madzivhandila, T. (2010). Effect of green manure legume – maize rotation on maize yield and weed infestation levels. African Journal of Agricultural Research 5 (8):618-625.

10. Kimurto, P.K., Ogola, J.B.O., Kinyua, M.G., Macharia, J.K. and Njau, P.N. (2009). Physiological traits associated with drought tolerance in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) under tropical conditions. South African Journal of Plant and Soil 26 (2):80-90.

11. Mzezewa J and Gwata ET. (2012). The nature of rainfall deficit at a typical semi-arid tropical ecotope in southern Africa and options for sustainable crop production. In: (eds) Peeyush Sharma and Vikas Abrol. Crop Production Technologies. Intech, ISBN 978-953-307-787-1. pp. 93-112.
12. Gwata ET (2010). Potential impact of edible tropical legumes on crop productivity in the small-holder sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. J. Food Agric. Environ. 8: 939-944.
13. Gwata ET and Siambi M. (2009). Genetic enhancement of pigeonpea for high latitude areas in Southern Africa. Afr. J. Biotech. 8: 4413-4417.
14. Gwata, E T & E C Kunjeku. 2012. Evidence for the potential production of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) in the Limpopo river basin in Southern Africa (accepted for publication in African Journal of Agricultural Research (IN PRESS)
15. Kunjeku, E C & E T Gwata. (2011). A preliminary survey of insect species occurring at the reproductive stage in pigeonpea grown in Limpopo (South Africa). Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment: 9: 988- 991.
16. Kunjeku, E C & LL Maliwichi. (2009).
Oyster Mushroom Cultivation for Resource-poor Farmers in Southern Africa. Chapter 5: in Poverty in Africa. (Ed. Thomas W Beasley). Nova Science Publishers Inc. New York. pp133 – 155.

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

Designation Name Contacts
HOD, Ass. Professor

Ass. Prof. JBO Ogola

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

Tel: +27 15 962 8177
Senior Lecturer

Dr. E.C Kunjeku

B.S(Psy)(California Coast Univ.), BSc(Agric.)(Hons)(UZ)
MSc(Univ of London), PhD(Univ of London)

Tel: +27 15 962 8078
Senior Lecturer

Dr. E.T. Gwata

BSc (Agric)(Univ Novi Sad), MSc(Univ of Melbourne), PhD
(University of Florida)

Tel: +27 15 962 8628
Junior Lecturer

ORS Mtengwa

BSc (Agric), MSc (Agric) (Africa University, Zimbwabwe)

Fax :
Lab. Assistant Vacant Tel:
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