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Agricultural Technician

​Plant technologists work in public institutions and private enterprises in the fields of plant breeding, testing and plant propagation as well as in agricultural and horticultural research laboratories.

  • examine topographical, soil and other physical characteristics of farmland to determine its most effective use

  • assist in developing new and efficient methods of planting, fertilising, harvesting and processing crops

  • identify insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops and livestock, and come up with methods of controlling them

  • analyse produce and livestock, and set and maintain standards of quality

  • assist in controlled breeding and artificial insemination to develop improved crop and livestock strains

  • arrange the supply of drugs, vaccines and other chemicals to farmers and farm managers, and give advice on their use

  • collect and collate data for research

  • plan slaughtering, harvesting and other aspects of farming production processes

  • advise farmers on farming techniques and management.

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