19 September 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

27 graduate from Taung Agricultural College  

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 07 June 2018

Taung Agricultural College has produced more young people skilled in agricultural studies, with 27 graduating this week. 
 
Taung Agricultural College is the only institution in South Africa accredited to offer a Diploma in Irrigation Management course at NQF Level 6 and one of two state-owned agricultural colleges in the province tasked with training and producing agricultural technicians to serve communities of the province and the country. The 27 new graduates completed a three-year programme towards a diploma. 
 
One of top achievers, Badudule Kolisi who was born and raised in Centane in the Eastern Cape acquired 93% in his final year. Kolisi said the top achiever status came as a bonus for his sleepless nights and hard work.
 
“What really kept me motivated was the unshakeable support that I received from my family. My parents always told me that I could achieve great things if only I put enough effort in everything I do. I also want to applaud the college for the quality of service rendered during my stay.  
 
“Taung Agricultural College is one of the student-friendly institutions and it offers good quality of education. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree at Tshwane University of Technology and plan to further my studies by pursuing a Master of Technology or Master of Science degree immediately after completing my BTech,” he said.
 
Kolisi said he wants to publish at least one peer-reviewed article in a reputable scientific journal someday before going into farming. He added that many people do not know much about the irrigation management programme and what he plans to publish would assist the public with more information.
 
“I had to do a lot of research about irrigation management before I could understand what it entails. We do not have enough female counterparts in the industry, so I encourage young women to choose agriculture as a career. We need to relinquish the stigma associated with the field of agriculture. I am going to do my best to assist women in rural areas. Women have always been the backbone of subsistence farming. Empowering them with knowledge or the necessary resources will make them to be more productive in the industry,” Kolisi said.
 
Bokone Bophirima’s MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development, Manketsi Tlhape, said: “In order to realise the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030, we expect agricultural colleges in the province to improve the ratio of graduates. We highly appreciate the quality of skills and knowledge that is imparted by Taung Agricultural College.
 
“We encourage the new graduates to continue working hard and ensure that they participate efficiently in our economy, especially the agricultural sector, which is currently faced with a variety of challenges in this climate change conditions. They are well placed to develop water efficient farming models.”