Agribusiness offers Zambia one of the largest opportunities for economic growth in the coming decades. Our research staff are made up of industry leaders influencing policy locally and internationally. They are finding solutions to the biggest challenges our planet faces, from sustainable food production for an increasing population, to environmental management issues. Food and fibre production, processing, distribution and consumption are under increasing scrutiny. Positive digital technology and innovation will result in a competitive, transparent, resilient and profitable agriculture and food sector. This transformation will require considerable new investment and capacity in agricultural research and development.
Agricultural science is a broad multidisciplinary field of biology that encompasses the parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture. The agricultural science major will set you up to make such a contribution. With biology, chemistry, and mathematics and statistics underpinning this major, you will learn about agricultural systems analysis, plant health and the production and management of crops, livestock and grazing systems.
Agricultural Machinery & Structural Design
Some typical areas of study include the design of agricultural equipment or structures (overlap with mechanical and structural engineering). Major advancements have been made in this area, especially with equipment. Large-row planters and automated driving and steering by many farming equipment companies are several mechanical advancements made with agriculture.
Bio engineering is a very quickly advancing industry, and a hot-button topic for many people when it comes to food engineering and genetically modified organisms. However, engineering different crops’ genetics to be able to use less pesticides, be pest resistant, or to more quickly and efficiently farm crops is a growing concept for most countries, especially third world countries. Biotechnology has also made advancements, such as producing pharmaceuticals, such as human insulin for diabetics and medicine to treat numerous diseases.
Especially with large-farming companies, there is quite a bit of animal waste and chemical runoff. There are overlaps with environmental and sustainability engineers, where they work together to create the most environmentally friendly solution while being efficient for the farm.
Agricultural Resource Management
There is a lot of science and math that goes behind deciding how to use parcels of land. Crop rotation is not quite as common in some places as it used to be 50 years ago, but figuring out how to allocate land and water is important in trying to reduce the amount of chemicals and other resources farmers need to use, which reduces cost.
Perhaps one of the most fascinating areas of agricultural engineering is agricultural technology. Precision agriculture is probably one of the biggest industries that has grown over the past decade. Precision agriculture optimizes land to perform with limited amounts of chemical usage. Additionally, it reduces overspray and over-seeding to reduce costs, and helps use big data to better understand the optimal time to plant.
Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural engineers focus on the large-impact areas of agriculture. As with most engineering sub-disciplines, there are very specific areas where students can specialize. We have noted some of the most common and most progressive below;
Agricultural and Horticulture science
This major helps you develop the perfect mix of technical, communication, and business skills to prepare you to play a leading role in the Fraser Valley's agricultural sector. In addition to including the core content offered by Horticulture programs in this field (e.g. nursery, greenhouse, vegetable, fruit production and science), the degree has a strong applied focus. Most of the courses are associated with a laboratory section, practical greenhouse work, and/or field trips. Lab work in Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography courses provide exposure to laboratory equipment as well as training in report writing and presentations. The Agriculture courses emphasize greenhouse operation, pest diagnosis and treatment, and soil analysis both from a theoretical and practical perspective.
Bachelor of Technology in Food Science
The Bachelor of Food Technology will provide you with seamless entry into a career in food science and technology. As a food scientist or food technologist you will study the physical, microbiological and chemical makeup of food. Depending on your area of specialization, you will develop ways to process, preserve, package or store food, according to industry and government specifications and regulations. You will apply your knowledge in all stages of food production from raw material harvesting until it reaches the consumer. You will examine the optimization of food quality, quantity and processing, food safety and nutritional value, and means of production, processing, preservation, distribution and use. You will learn what happens to food when we consume it. This program prepares you for employment in technical and scientific food manufacturing industries and does not cover the domestic cooking, catering or hospitality fields. Students will plan and execute research in one or more of the disciplines in food science and technology, including food chemistry, food microbiology, food technology and sensory science. Often projects are conducted in conjunction with food companies.
Bachelor of Technology in Catering and Institutional Management
The Department of Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management trains students to acquire knowledge and skills for managerial and supervisory roles in the hospitality industry. Currently, the Department runs program Catering and Institutional Management. We aim to provide a high quality vocational education, which is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, relevant to the needs of future middle-level manpower professionals in the service sector; to become the leading trainer of professionals in contemporary Catering and Institutional Management training in the country; to train students to boost the hospitality industry in the country.
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