Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
Bachelor of Science in Agronomy The experts in crop, soil and fertilizer science, technology and practice to carter for sustainable growth of the agricultural industry. Graduate are capable in improving crop productivity to sustain food and fibre production in the face of climate change, land use suitability evaluation, while nurture natural resources and environment in plantations, smallholder settings, greenhouses, and cooperatives.
The programme produces vibrant and competent graduate farmers, farm managers, agronomists, technical agriculture advisors and extension officers to transform agriculture for economic growth.
Students who graduate from this program will be able to;
- Handle and assist farmers on matter related to sustainable ways of improving soil productivity and crop production.
- Work and employ themselves in agricultural-based and related firms
- Apply and develop skills in agronomy and manage natural resources and the environment sustainably.
- Formulate and execute research, analyses data and interpret results in the domain of soil science and related fields of agriculture.
- Apply aspects of crop production, agricultural enterprise and farm management, sustainable exploitation of natural resources for crop production.
- Conduct land capability/suitability evaluation and environmental impact assessment for a wide range of land use.
Competent Agricultural Researcher are groomed here.
What You Need to Know About Becoming an Agronomist
Agronomy is the branch of agriculture that deals with the study of plants, soils and the environment. Agronomists work to develop methods to increase the production of food and fiber crops, and to properly manage and sustain the soil. Agronomist are involved with research in plant breeding, tillage and cropping systems, weed control, pasture and rangeland management, soil fertility, animal waste use and management, biofuels, irrigation, and many other areas. The challenge for an agronomist is to use science to develop and sustain the food supply, while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment.
As an agronomy major, you’ll be immersed in a broad array of courses and topics including botany, chemistry, genetics, cell biology, plant physiology, computer science, agricultural economics, entomology (the study of bugs), plant pathology (the study of plant diseases), and natural resource conservation. You’ll learn all about the science behind farming and how to best control weeds, insect pests, and plant diseases.
Is Agronomy a good career in Tanzania
Agronomists are important to the Tanzanian agriculture industry because there is limited fertile land and the majority of crop farmers need to increase the fertility of their soil to achieve good crop yields.
Agronomists usually run experiments on large-scale crops, working to develop methods that will improve the use of soil and increase the production of food and fibre crops. They usually also conduct research in crop rotation, irrigation and drainage, as well as plant breeding, soil classification and weed control.
Climate combinations (PDF) leave only small percent of the country suitable for production of rain fed crops, while only three percent is considered truly fertile land. Tanzania will need to increase the amount of fertile land available and consequently, crop production.
Where do agronomists work?
Depending on their field of study, agronomists can work in several different environments. Most agronomists spend the majority of their time either in a lab or on a farm. An agronomist’s laboratory is filled with scientific tools and equipment, soil samples and live plants that are used for experiments. Agronomists usually wear protective coats, gloves and eyewear while working in a lab.
When agronomists are visiting a farm, they typically wear casual clothing, including hats and sunglasses that protect them from the sun. Agronomists examine plants in fields, orchards and greenhouses. They may travel regularly to visit farms and meet with farmers in different states or countries. After conducting both theoretical and practical research, an agronomist may be invited to present the results of their work at a scientific or academic conference.