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Oppenheimer Scholarships to study fine scale remote sensing of rangelands at the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in collaboration with the University of Exeter (fully funded)

13 Jul, 2022

Application Process The successful candidate will be required to apply to the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) for admission onto the MSc in Animal Science (Animal Management Systems Stream). Before applying, familiarize yourself with the BUAN requirements. The information is available at this website: https://www.buan.ac.bw/index.php/buan-admissions-details/id/172/August-2022-Intake-forGraduates:-Applications-Open/. 

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THE FIRST WATER- SAVING AND DROUGHT- RESISTANCE (WDR) RICE HARVEST CEREMONY

27 Jun, 2022

  Today the 27th June 2022, we celebrate the first successful trial of the water-saving and drought resistant rice. The ceremony was held at BUAN A1 field in the presence of the Honourable Acting President, Slumber Tsogwane to harvest and taste the first water saving and drought resistant rice. Amongst the guests were the Chinese Ambassador to Botswana His Excellency, Wang Xuefeng and Assistant Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Honourable Molebatsi Shimane Molebatsi. The ceremony is a result of a memorandum of understanding that was signed in the year 2020 between African agriculture (AA) and Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) to cooperate and work together in improving Agricultural production in Botswana. It is then that the idea of testing rice production started. Consultations were done and a Rice Team comprising Agricultural experts from BUAN and African Agriculture staff. Seeds were sourced from China where organizations like Shanghai Agrobiological gene Center, An Hui China, and Jiangsu Provincial Seed department got involved on an advisory basis where necessary    For Season 2020/2021 seven rice types were tested for their production potential under the Sebele climatic conditions and soils. The seven types were planted in late December 2020. These types performed well but could not complete grain filling process because they started flowering in Winter. Pests observed were Aphids, bugrada bug and leaf roller worms. Bacterial Panicle blight disease was observed at flowering. The rice plants were harvested as stova for livestock feed. Three rice types were chosen for further testing.    For Season 2021/22 three types selected for the season are AA073, AA128, and AA212. They were dry planted and germinated from 19 November 2021. Land was well prepared and levelled, planting rows were marked 25 cm apart. A hand planter was used to plant at a seed rate if 30 kg per hectare. In row spacing of 10-15 cm ideal. Side shoots or tillers developed, and these are important as they also developed heads adding more to the ultimate yield. It took the rice types an average period of 90 days to boot and flower. Pests and diseases were low as compared to the previous season. Bacterial panicle blight appeared with less severity. Bugrada bug caused some spikelet losses were sprayed for it using Dichlorvos pesticide. The three rice types all managed to reach grain filling stage and got ready for harvesting from 125 days onwards. Two types AA128 and AA212 proved to be good for Gaborone area as they are early to medium season types. They do not have high water need requirements. These rice types have proved to give an average of 9 tonnes per hectare if supplemented with irrigation during dry spells. The rice plant stova will be harvested and prepared for livestock feed.     This research has proved that despite popular believe that rice cannot grow in dry land, we have rice that can grow in dry land and do not need high water requirements.The rice trials will be extending to other areas like Maun, Tuli Block, Borolong, Pandamatenga among others. The trials aim to bring rice production to the farmers so that they become self-reliant in production of food security crops for the nation.   

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Malotwane Farmers Workshop

01 Jun, 2022

Malotwane Farmers Workshop On 31st of May 2022, BUAN Diploma in Agricultural Extension students, held an annual workshop in collaboration with Malotwane farmers association. The theme of the Workshop was ‘Proper supply chain management’. The workshop was graced by the Chief of Malotwane and the District Attorney amongst other delegates. Facilitators on the day were different stakeholders including, LEA, BOBS, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agri-business as well as BUAN, who imparted knowledge on their products and services offered to farmers. The keynote speaker was the District Attorney who put emphasis in the theme of the day, stressing the importance of supply chain management for agricultural produce. She said the processes from grains, seedlings until the final product to the consumer was vital hence farmers needed to improve the quality of their produce. She applauded the farmers’ association for coming up with the initiative for building a storehouse/warehouse and pledged government aid once the collection centre was established. She encouraged farmers to cooperate with each other to ensure quality produce adding that farming needs a lot of determination to produce quality and at the right quantities. “Farming also requires proper planning as well as lots and lots of sleepless nights to get great results”, she stated. She went on to explain that implementation is key, and that great care is needed for high yields. Farmers need a lot of self-motivation, to motivate others, to being motivated by others, will help them stay focused in working hard to feed the nation. She encouraged all farmers to join forces to reach their dreams both at individual and team level. The DC went on to explain that as the theme stated, there was need to bridge gaps in agriculture. “Gaps and challenges are always there; what matters most is how to curb them. What are we doing as farmers to bridge those gabs?” she asked. She advocated for cooperation amongst farmers to help each other and not rely on stakeholders like government and institutions. The DC said that she was aware that there was lack of market and that some schools were not buying produces as reports reaching her office, but they will keep issuing supporting letters to encourage for their produce to be bought. She said even though the roads were not up to standard, that should not discourage them, they should continue in their quest of feeding the nation. Lastly, she encouraged them to have positive collaborations and that she pledges support as Government. She urged formation of Agric groups – same produce groups to help each other. Promotion of information sharing of agricultural issues, ideas and to open hearts to receive or look for information was stimulated. Groups will enable them to speak in one voice as farmers to collaborate and join hands and support one another. She encouraged the farmers to produce in high quality standards, so the final consumer gets quality. She also emphasised workshops for mentorship for better collaboration and quality control for better income and improved business performance.

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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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