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The Top 11 Agriculture Courses to Boost Your Farming Knowledge

The Top 11 Agriculture Courses To Boost Your Farming Knowledge

Interested in boosting your farming knowledge? Check out our list of the top 11 agriculture courses available to help you get started!

The popular saying: knowledge is key, has never been truer than when it comes to farming. With new trends and technologies evolving rapidly in the agricultural industry, old and new farmers must stay up-to-date by investing in agriculture courses.

SA Grain Magazine states that farm producers are integrating everything from genetic modification to artificial intelligence in their day-to-day operations.

So, if you want to boost your farming knowledge - here are our top 11 agriculture courses in South Africa you should consider.


Introductory Courses

If you’re completely new to farming and the agricultural industry, then consider enrolling in an introductory course. These agriculture short courses in South Africa are designed to teach you the basics of farming.

Introduction To Agribusiness:

The AGRICOLLEGES International Introduction to Agribusiness short course is a well-rounded 7-week programme designed to enhance your understanding of agribusiness. It caters to a diverse range of individuals, including aspiring and experienced farmers seeking to update their expertise. This course presents an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in the field.

Throughout the programme, you'll explore the agricultural business environment, covering topics such as operational requirements, workplace relationships, team leadership, safety regulations, financial concepts, and effective marketing strategies. You'll also gain familiarity with Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) standards and their application.

By the end of the course, you would have taken the first step towards possessing the skills to establish effective workplace relationships, lead teams, ensure safety on the farm, understand financial concepts for a profitable farming business, and implement successful marketing strategies.

Introduction To Plant Production:

The Introduction to Plant Production short course invites you on an engaging 7-week exploration into the captivating realm of plants and agricultural crops. Whether you're a budding farmer, recent graduate, or seasoned agriculturalist aiming to broaden your knowledge, this course is tailor-made for you.

Throughout this programme, you will delve into the realms of plant biology, ecological principles, soil science, and pest management. By the course's conclusion, you will fully grasp the basic principles and methodologies involved in plant production. You will acquire the skills to identify and comprehend concepts pertaining to ecology, plant biology, insects, microorganisms, and pest management.

Embark on this immersive educational journey, and unlock the expertise necessary to excel in the ever-evolving realm of plant production.


The Aquaponics short course immerses students in the captivating world of aquaponics through a transformative 5-week programme. In this course, students explore how fish and vegetables thrive within a closed, biological system. It is designed to cater to emerging farmers, recent school leavers, and enthusiasts interested in home or commercial aquaponics, providing them with a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.

This course is a collaboration between AGRICOLLEGES International and Kleinskuur Aquaponics. Students will delve into the intricacies of aquaponic systems, including topics such as nutrition, aquaculture, hydroponics, and sustainable practices. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to experience the magic of aquaponics first-hand during a practical session, where they can observe the system in action and gain valuable insights.


Fundamental Courses

The word fundamental, in the context of agriculture courses, means core topics related to farming. Once you have completed an introductory course (or if you already have some knowledge in this field), consider enrolling in one of these fundamental courses.

Fundamentals of Cassava Productions:

The Fundamentals of Cassava Production course covers a wide range of topics, including the cultivation of cassava, soil and water management, pests and diseases, harvesting, and post-harvest handling. The 9-week programme, the Fundamentals of Cassava Production, is designed to provide insight into the world of cassava, including production, management, and harvesting processes. The course caters to commercial farmers, their senior staff, first-time students, emerging farmers, recent school leavers, and established farmers seeking to up skill or refresh their knowledge of cassava production. Whether students are new to the industry or seeking to deepen their expertise, this course is an ideal choice.

The course is delivered entirely online, with interactive content and videos, and will be available to students globally.

Fundamentals of Maize Productions:
The AGRICOLLEGES International Fundamentals of Maize Production short course is an immersive 9-week programme that explores the intricate details of maize cultivation, providing a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. This course is designed to equip emerging farmers, farm managers, and established farmers with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in maize production.

Throughout the course, you will gain a detailed understanding of maize biology, soil preparation techniques, cultivation methodologies, as well as effective pest and disease control strategies. By the end of the programme, you will possess a solid foundation in maize production and be empowered to implement the best practices in your fields.

Enrol today in this comprehensive maize production course and unlock the potential for success in the agricultural sector. Get ready to cultivate your knowledge and reap the rewards of a thriving maize production environment.

Fundamentals of Agribusiness:

Take your farming skills to the next level with this comprehensive 12-week course, tailored for mid-level farm managers and farmers seeking to enhance their expertise..

This advanced programme explores the complexities of the international agricultural market, agribusiness trends, outlooks, production costs, and risk management in greater depth.

Designed to elevate your understanding of the dynamic world of agribusiness, this course equips farmers with the necessary skills to analyse, plan, and effectively manage their agricultural enterprise. Through an in-depth exploration of topics such as business principles, strategic marketing plans, risk management techniques, human resources management, and financial aspects like budgeting, you'll establish a solid foundation in agribusiness practices.


Citrus Courses

These agriculture courses focus on all things citrus. With citrus being one of the world’s most popular fruits, it’s important to understand how to farm them. AGRICOLLEGES International offers world-class courses in citrus farming covering topics such as planting management, propagation, plant structures and functions, and harvesting.

These courses provide farmers with the skills they need to produce high-quality fruit and access new markets. In addition to improving their skills, citrus farmers can also benefit from networking with international citrus organisations. Thus gaining access to new knowledge, technologies, and markets. Enrol in and pay for all 9 Agricolleges Citrus short courses and receive a fantastic 15% discount! Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in Citrus farming.

The nine Citrus courses in the series include the following:

  • Citrus Planting Management
  • Citrus Propagation & Plant Structures and Functions
  • Integrated Pest Management for Citrus
  • Citrus Packing
  • Citrus Harvesting
  • Citrus Post Harvest Series Part 1
  • Citrus Post Harvest Series Part 2
  • Citrus Post Harvest Series Part 3


National Certificates

National certificates are one year programmes that will give you the best foundation of knowledge in agriculture. These programmes allow students to engage in practical, theory and field training. Embark on a rewarding journey with AGRICOLLEGES' AGRISETA accredited National Certificate courses. Choose from our comprehensive programmes in Plant Production, Animal Production, General Agriculture, and Plant Production: Cannabis and Hemp. Gain the essential knowledge and skills to excel in your chosen field. Enrol now and open doors to a successful career in the thriving agricultural industry.

National Certificate In Animal Production:

Immerse yourself in the transformative one-year journey of the National Certificate in Animal Production programme, designed to equip students with practical skills in the field. This comprehensive programme emphasises the vital role of Animal Production in Africa. Through hands-on farm management and operational activities, students gain invaluable insights and develop specific skills relevant to Animal Production.

This qualification serves as a solid foundation for learners to pursue specialised areas within animal production and establish sustainable farming operations. By achieving this qualification, learners acquire competence in ensuring the production of high-quality agricultural products, enhancing the overall agricultural process, and accessing agricultural markets at local, national, and international levels.

The course encompasses a range of essential topics, including animal classification, nutrition, anatomy, physiology, food safety, agribusiness planning, breeding systems, budgeting, and communication. Armed with this comprehensive knowledge, graduates are empowered to effectively contribute to the growth and success of the animal production industry in Africa.

Embark on this remarkable educational journey, and pave the way for a rewarding career in animal production. Join us and be a part of shaping the future of agriculture in Africa.

National Certificate In Plant Production - Cannabis & Hemp:

Explore the thriving world of cannabis and hemp production through this one-year programme. Gain knowledge and skills for a successful career in the rapidly expanding industry. Learn about planting, growth stages, harvesting, and curing techniques. The legal cannabis industry in Africa offers job creation, economic growth, and improved health. Develop expertise in farm management and plant production. Graduates can start their own farms or pursue agricultural roles. Embrace universal farming principles alongside specialized practices. Contribute to economic development, food security, and access to agricultural markets. Expand opportunities in management and technical production. Guide projects and navigate licensing processes in the cannabis and hemp industries.

National Certificate in Plant Production

The Agricolleges International one-year online course, National Certificate in Plant Production, provides comprehensive knowledge and skills in various aspects of plant production. This course opens up a wide range of career opportunities in the agricultural industry. Graduates can pursue roles such as farm managers, crop consultants, and agricultural technicians, or even start their own farming enterprises. With expertise in crop cultivation, pest and disease management, soil fertility, and sustainable farming practices, graduates are well-equipped to contribute to the success and growth of the plant production sector.

National Certificate in General Agriculture

The Agricolleges International one-year online course, National Certificate in General Agriculture, provides a comprehensive understanding of various agricultural disciplines. This course opens doors to diverse career opportunities in the agricultural industry. Graduates can pursue roles such as farm managers, agricultural consultants, agricultural extension officers, or even explore entrepreneurship in farming. With knowledge in crop production, livestock management, agribusiness principles, and sustainable farming practices, graduates are well-prepared to make informed decisions and contribute to the success and sustainability of agricultural enterprises. The course equips learners with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the dynamic field of general agriculture.


Boost Your Farming Knowledge With A Course - Wrapping Up

You might be wondering what are the best courses in agriculture that will help you boost your farming knowledge. We have listed 11 of the best courses and programmes in agriculture that will give you a great foundation, as well as the specific knowledge needed to be successful in the industry.


If you want more information, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to help you find the right course for you!

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