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Scientific Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

16 Sep, 2022

To ensure that BUAN achieves its mandate of becoming an Innovative and Research-Intensive University in Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Faculty of Research and Graduate Studies together with Graduate Students’ Association conducted a scientific writing workshop which aimed at helping students to formulate and produce research proposals that could catapult the University.   The workshop was held on the 16th September 2022 and the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Prof Samodimo Ngwako welcomed the attendants to the workshop. He informed them that the faculty and Association saw it fit to organize the workshop to impart knowledge on research proposal as research formed an integral part of their studies. He urged all to listen attentively, participate and ask questions where needed to understand and be informed.   Amongst the facilitators of the workshop were Prof. Torimiro who gave a guide on writing a concept note. He taught the attendants how to identify a good research topic, characteristics of a good research topic, why there is need to write a concept note.   Ms Clift-Hill gave a lecture on writing an introduction and how to use figures and tables correctly. She emphasized that the introduction should hook the reader in research proposals, thesis, and manuscript. In writing a thesis or a proposal it is very important to conduct research as it helps the author or researcher to know if the research, they are embarking on has been done before. If it has been done before then a literature review will help with identifying the gaps in that field. Prof Omoloye spoke to the attendants about the different types of literature reviews and ways of organizing information in literature reviews. He also spoke of how to effectively integrate information in a literature review. He closed of his presentations by speaking of using mind maps to formulate discussions and results in a research paper. During this workshop the library department also gave a presentation on how to retrieve information from the BUAN online database and library. Ms Sechaba demonstrated step by step how to access the information and how to reference. She assured the students that the librarians were always ready to assist them. Ms Gopolang also went on to teach the attendants how to reference their sources.   During this workshop there were group discussion where participants got to interact with each other in regards to the topics that were discussed. “I had a wonderful time I wish we have more of such workshops as It was a very informative." Said one of the participants

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MOENG COLLEGE'S VISIT TO BUAN

19 Aug, 2022

Today, we bid farewell to our young friends from Moeng college who have been with us for two weeks. 120 form four students were attached at our farm enterprise projects where they got hands on experience on the different aspects of Agriculture. "The students really enjoyed their time here at BUAN",said Mr Segaise the program facilitator from Moeng. BUAN also enjoyed having these young minds around as they were cooperative and hardworking.

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BUAN National Science week Awards

18 Aug, 2022

Congratulations to our PhD students who presented their amazing research project during BUAN National Science week ending 17th August! The awardees were as follows: Best Oral presentation 1st position award- Mr Monosi A. Bolowe Presentation Title: Farm Phenotypic Characterization and Development of Body Weight Predictions Equations of Indigenous Tswana Sheep in Southern Botswana Research Interest: Conservation, breeding, improvement and sustainable utilization of indigenous animal genetic resources in Botswana, particularly sheep amidst climate change scenarios as aggravated by global warming. Best Poster presentation 1st position award- Ms Chandapiwa Moses Poster Title: Malted Sorghum to replace maize in Broiler Diets Research Interest: Exploring locally available alternative energy and protein sources to use in poultry diets so as to reduce input feed costs during processing as well as minimize competition of using maize grains for human consumption and livestock feed processing. Best Oral presentation 2nd position award- Mr Nkosilathi Bernard Presentation Title Optimizing Biological Nitrogen Fixation, A Step to Improving Soil Fertility Research Interest: Improving crop production through sustainable soil fertility solutions is close to his heart. As such he has a strong interest in exploring and optimizing biological nitrogen fixation by identifying elite native rhizobial strains for use in the production of inoculants for cowpea. Best Oral presentation 3rd position award- Mr Setlhoka Modiri Presentation Title: Development of Bio-composite Meat Active Package Research Interest Food Science and Technology Researcher with interests in Postharvest, Symbiotic, Food Nanotechnology and Food additives. The research aims to understand food security challenges and propose viable solutions. Cheers to producing innovative graduates and technological solutions, for sustainable development in agriculture and natural resources!

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CICE

Background The Centre for In-service and Continuing Education (CICE) is the outreach arm of the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN), the former Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA). It was opened in 1995 to extends BCA’s mandate through provision of quality in-service and continuing education in agriculture and natural resources. The CICE designs, develops and delivers training in Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) accredited courses that are market driven. The mode delivery for the courses includes lectures, practical work, demonstration, discussions and excursions with a 30:70 Theory to Practical proportions. The CICE operates with a team of highly qualified, experienced and dedicated staff of Botswana University of Agricultural and Natural Resources (BUAN) academic staff.  Other expertise is sourced locally from the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Food Security, other ministries, parastatals, private organizations and international organizations, as and when necessary.                        Mission Statement The Centre for In-service and Continuing Education (CICE) is the outreach department of the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources with responsibilities to: Promote, co-ordinate and deliver short-term courses in Agriculture and related fields; Produce, develop, publish and disseminate training, extension, information and other materials Promote and conduct pilot studies, projects, workshops and other outreach activities Promote linkages between agricultural research, extension services and training Liaise with different establishment CICE committees that direct, manage and advise in respect of the administration and activities of the Centre.

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MITI

Ag Director : Dr Kerapetse Sehularo DAHP, BVMS, MVM History The Meat Industry Training Institute (MITI) was established in 1984 through an agreement between Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome (working in conjuction with the government of Denmark) and the government of Botswana. At that point it was called the Regional Training Centre for Meat Inspectors and Meat Technologists in Africa. In 1991, the FAO handed over running of the training institute to the govermentof Botswana and managed by the Department of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture. The institution was re-named Meat Inspection Training Centre (MITC). In order to enhance the academic profile of the institute so as to meet the demands of  its main stakeholders, the Institute was taken-over by the Botswana College of Agriculture now Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources on the 01 st of April 2012. Since its establishment, over 1,900 participants from 45 African countries have undergone training at the Institute. MITI also recieved students from the European Union on internship programme in the area of Veterinary Public Health. MITI Strategic Intent MITI envisages becoming a Centre of Excellence for the meat industry in Africa. The Institute will focus on cutting edge research and training. The institute  will interact with its stakeholders through provision of excellent service in the areas of accommodation, abattoir services, meat and meat related consultancies and events hosting . This is in line with BUAN vision-mission of vibrant world class university that produces market ready graduates for agricultural and natural sectors. Existing Programmes Certifcate in Meat Inspection: A six (6) months intensive programme with focus on food safety management system (HACCP) in particular meat and meat products, meat inspection, animal welfare, zoonosis, animal health and food safety legislation.  Upcoming  academic  programmes: expected to be offered in academic year 2021 Diploma in Meat Inspection: (DMI) Diploma in Leather Products Manufacturing Technology: (DLPMT) Diploma in Meat Processing Technology: (DMPT) Short courses: expected to be offered in academic year 2020 Refresher course for meat Inspectors Meat Handlers Course Level 1 Meat Handlers Course Level 2 Meat Handlers Course Level 3 Meat Processing Course Level 1 Reaserch focus  Food safety especially meat and meat products Meat science Animal welfare Animal health Legislation Contact details Postal Address: Meat industry Training Institute Private Bag 45  Lobatse Physical Address: Boswelatlou Plot 13725 Telephone number: +267 5330671 FAX: +267 5332259 Email:miti@buan.ac.bw

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FARM

Objectives of the farm The first and major objective of the BUAN Farm is to provide facilities and services for teaching: Provide student-managed practical plots Provide demonstration plots for practical classes Provide structures for both crop and livestock demonstrations Provide structures and animals for practical training in animal production Be a facility for Field Practical Training The second objective of the University Farm is to provide facilities for research by: Providing research plots for staff and student projects Providing structures and experimental animals for staff and student research projects Permitting students to carry out meaningful and well-planned research projects during which a lot of practical skills can be acquired. The third objective of the Farm is in commercial production in areas where, there is comparative advantage to produce. This objective will be realized by: Engaging in production areas which are profitable under Botswana conditions. Developing the attitudes of students towards working with their hands to acquire some good working habits. Serving as a model to the farming community in Botswana and thus send the message that farming in Botswana can be a viable economic option

 

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All Africa Conference for Animal Agriculture (16 - 19 August 2022) - ONLINE

First call for Abstracts Instructions in Formatting of the Abstract [See under downloads on the website] The abstract should be ONE Page and consists of the following sections; [It should fit in the One Page template attached] Title: Should be concise, not too lengthy and capture main points of research Introduction: Briefly introduce the research, highlighting the problem and stating the objectives Materials and Methods: Describe the methods used to carry out the study. These should be brief yet comprehensible enough for readers to follow what was done. Results and Conclusion: Describe the results as vividly as possible. Table or Figures can be used to visually portray the results. A short conclusion should be included. Acknowledgement: Those who supported the study should be acknowledge here Reference: A maximum of three references should be included There is going to be Young Scientists Session All Abstracts should be sent to: AACAA8@buan.ac.bw and copy to Prof O. R. Madibela: omadibel@buan.ac.bw Dr JC Moreki: jmoreki@buan.ac.bw Submission of Abstract will be accepted until 30th June 2022.

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