Department of Plant Production

School of Agriculture

Department of Plant Production

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.

Prof JBO Ogola

Prof JBO Ogola

Head of Department

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

Tel: +27 15 962 9005


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.

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

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

Name: Prof Jude Julius Owuor Odhiambo
Designation: Senior Lecturer

Name: Dr Jestinos Mzezewa
Designation: Lecturer

Name: Mr Humbulani Patrick Nemakundani
Designation: Professor

Name: Miss Siphiwe Gloria Lusiba
Designation: Lecturer Ngap

Name: Ms Rebotile Sophy Thaba
Designation: Technician

Name: Ms Seroto Edith Rapholo
Designation: Part-Time Technician

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