SAES Department of Plant Production, Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering


Mission and Vission

Undergraduate Modules

Postgraduate Modules

Research Focus Areas

Possible Careers

Academic Staff

Support Staff

Departmental Committees

Contact Details

Welcome to the Department of Plant Production, Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the disciplines of Soil Science, Plant Production (Agronomy, Horticulture and Pasture Science) and Plant Protection which is offered at the Postgraduate level. At the undergraduate level, Soil Science and Plant Production may be taken as a major subject in the four-year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree programme. Theoretical and practical modules are designed to provide students with relevant knowledge and skills to serve the agricultural sector's and rural community’s needs. Students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies may enrol for honours, masters or doctoral degrees in the respective areas.

Excellent facilities at the School’s Experimental Farm are essential for undergraduate and postgraduate training in research and commercial production systems. These facilities are also utilized to provide training for smallholder farmers as part of community outreach. The availability of different production units in the Department ensures continuous research and training activities throughout the year. In addition to these facilities, the Department has access to jointly established laboratories where analyses are carried out by students and researchers. The Department has active collaborative research and training initiatives with the Agriculture Research Council, government departments, Universities, institutes and various international partners, enabling its postgraduate students to access to a wide array of expertise and facilities.

The Department engages in research projects for both staff development and postgraduate training. Research activities include improved and sustainable production under small-scale and commercial enterprises and the profitability of different production systems. The research projects are conducted with the full involvement of students, extension agents and farmers. Current research projects focus on improving and sustainable crop production practices, natural resources conservation under changing climatic conditions and nutrient management/re-cycling in different agroecosystems.

Research Focus Area: Dr MP Bopape-Mabapa

Agronomy, Agroforestry, Climate Change, Food Security and Climate Smart Agriculture

Head of Department:

Dr MP Bopape-Mabapa
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Office No:0014 C-Block
Tel: 015 268 2319


Ms NY Maboya
Office No: -0003 E-Block
Tel: 015268 2599