University Of Venda Faculty Of Engineering

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University Of Venda Faculty Of Engineering


The programmes in Agricultural and Rural Engineering aim at training well qualified graduates who are well versed in the challenging engineering and rural development issues faced by rural communities.


To become a centre of excellence in the provision of food and fiber to mankind in Southern Africa region and beyond.


The Department of Agricultural and Rural Engineering, strives within the framework of the mission of the school to improve, through teaching, research and community outreach, the sustainable management and use of natural resources for sustainable livelihoods of the community that is served by the university.

Below is a list of the modules offered by the department.

ARE 2631 Agro-meteorology
ARE 2641 Introduction to Agricultural mechanization
ARE 3531 Engineering drawing and design I
ARE 3532 Farm workshop practices I
ARE 3543 Principles of surveying and measurements
ARE 3545 Renewable energy technologies
ARE 3546 Farm structures
ARE 3547 Principles of irrigation and drainage
ARE 3548 Soil and water conservation
ARE 3641 Engineering drawing and design II
ARE 3632 Farm workshop practices II
ARE 3633 Irrigation and drainage system design
ARE 3634 Post harvest processing technology
ARE 3646 Farm power and machinery
ARE 3647 Rural and urban transport systems
ARE 4521 Land use planning and management
ARE 4522 Mechanization planning and costing
ARE 4541 Irrigation and soil water conservation
ARE 4543 Entrepreneurship in rural development
ARE 4544 Research methods and experimental designs
ARE 4526 Project and seminar presentation
ARE 4621 Selected topics in appropriate technology design
ARE 4622 Ergonomics and environmental safety
ARE 4641 Animal traction
ARE 4643 Rural water resource development
ARE 4644 Field practical/attachment
ARE 4645 Project and mini dissertation
ARE 5531 Soil – Plant – Water Relationships and Irrigation
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Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Agricultural and Rural Engineering Specialization)

This programme aims at training well qualified graduates who are well versed in the challenging engineering and rural development issues faced by rural communities. These include; Irrigation, Soil and Water Conservation and Management, Agricultural Structures, Farm Mechanization and Rural Industries, Crop Processing and Renewable Energy Technologies.

The programme prepares graduates with necessary problem solving skills and competencies which will enable them to be highly innovative and be able to function effectively as:

¬ Advisors, designers or supervisors of rural development projects
¬ Applied scientists- the graduates will also be able to find employment as specialists in Government, Agribusiness, Research and Training Institutions, Private Consultancies and to establish their own business.

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The School of Agriculture can be contacted as follows:

Designation Name Contacts
Dean Prof A G Mchau Tel: +27 15 962 8110
Dean’s Secretary Ms. LA Kone Tel: +27 15 962 8310
School Administrator Mr. MM Maboho Tel: +2715 962 8408
Fax: +27 15 962 8598

Department Specific Information:

If you require more information about a specific department, please contact the Heads of Departments. List of HOD’s and their Contact Details is as follows:

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Department Name Contact Details

Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension
Prof. SA Oni
Tel: +27 15 962 8629
Department of Agriculture and Rural Engineering
CK Mmarete
Tel: +27 15 962 8359
Department of Animal Science
DR. O Acheompong-Boateng
Tel: +27 15 962 8300
Fax: +27 15 962 8598
Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences
Prof. LL Maliwichi
Tel: +27 15 962 8626
Department of Food Science and Technology
Prof. I A Jideani
Tel: +27 15 8310
Department of Forestry
Prof A G Mchau
Tel: +27 15 962 8110
Department of Horticulture Science
Prof. GRA Mchau
Tel: +27 15 962 8249
Department of Plant Production
Dr. JBO Ogola
Tel: +27 15 962 8177
Department of Soil Science
Dr. JJO Odhiambo
Tel: +27 15 962 8431