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Premier encourages people to go back to the culture of ploughing

By Maanda Mulaudzi

Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha encouraged people to go back to the culture of ploughing. He said this during the official opening of Madzivhandila Agricultural College in Vhembe District on the 06th of February 2015.

 

In his speech Premier Mathabatha said that Madzivhandila and Tompi Seleka Agricultural Colleges are aimed at producing agricultural economists, extension officers, pasture scientists, soil scientists, agronomists, horticulturalists and many others.

The revitalisation of these agricultural colleges will make agriculture more attractive and appealing to our youth he said.

The two colleges are not intended for only new students but also to retrain and assist those who are already engaged in farming. Today our people enjoy free tractors, seeds and implements”.

Madzivhandile college has a total of 18 lecturing staffs with four departments of Animal Production, Plant Production, Economics and Extension. The lecturing staff holds various qualifications in Agricultural Sciences as well as Library and Information Technology qualifications.

The college has received accreditation for 3 year Diploma programs from the Council of Higher Education (CHE) in two departments: i.e. Animal Production (NQF level 6 with 384 credits), Plant Production (NQF level 6 with 384 credits). The two programmes have also been registered with SAQA. The College has also been accredited by Agri-SETA to offer accredited Short Courses and Learnerships.

Madzivhandila has three stations were students will be conducting practicals i.e College farm, Lwamondo and Tshiombo satellites. Other facilities such as milking parlour, piggery, aquaculture, and orchard are planned to be constructed on the college farm. The college has an established commercial and student analytical laboratory and well qualified staff to handle student practicals.