Training BYAC

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Pig Production

The aims and objectives of the training is to give students better understanding, knowledge and skills on pig production and piggery management. After successful completion and participation in both field and class exercises of the course students will be proficient in the following areas.

  • Fundamentals of Pig Production
  • Pig Nutrition
  • Herd Health and Environment
  • Gilt Management
  • Boar Management
  • Sow Management
  • Farrowing
  • Record Keeping
  • Pig Diseases
  • Environmental Control Systems
  • Growing and Finishing Pigs
  • Health and Safety

Programme Delivery

This module is taught by Dumisa Mazibuko and is be classroom and field based. The module consists of nine core modules that are broken down into subsections. Pig Production and piggery management is taught five times a week for a total of 15 hours. Students are graded in both field and classroom participation, examination and assignments. Students are also assessed on their ability to apply theoretical knowledge during field exercises. The module is 70% practical and 30% theory. The students are given a class test once a month to assess their progress.

Rural enterprise

The aims and objectives of this module are to teach students about enterprise, entrepreneurship, business and economics. After successful completion and participation of the course students will have gained knowledge in the following subjects.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Formal Writing
  • Budgeting
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Sustainable Living
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Food Supply Chain

Programme Delivery

This module will be taught by Eoin Hickey and will be classroom based. The module has 14 topics that are broken down into subsections. Rural enterprise is taught once a week for two hours and student’s grades are based on class participation, class tests and assignments.

Permaculture and sustainability

The aims and objectives of the training is to give students better understanding, knowledge and skills on Permaculture and sustainability. After successful completion and participation in both field and class exercises of the course students will be proficient in the following areas.

  • Principles of permaculture
  • Intercropping
  • Crop Rotation
  • Biodiversity
  • What plants to plant and where to plant them?
  • How to make liquid manure
  • How to make their own compost
  • Homemade insect sprays
  • Preventative measures for soil erosion
  • Water conservation
  • Climate change

Programme Delivery

This module is taught by Sibonkolisa Mdluli and is classroom and field based. The module consists of nine core modules that are broken down into subsections. Permaculture and sustainability is taught five times a week for a total of 15 hours. Students are graded in both field and classroom participation, examination and assignments. Students are also assessed on their ability to apply theoretical knowledge during field exercises. The module is 70% practical and 30% theory. The students are given a class test once a month to assess their progress.

Bee keeping and apiary management

The aims and objectives of the training is to give students better understanding, knowledge and skills on bee keeping and apiary management. After successful completion and participation in both field and class exercises of the course students will be proficient in the following areas.

  1. Honeybee products and by products
  2. Different types of bees
  3. Different types of bee hives
  4. Tools of the trade
  5. How to manage an apiary and honey bee colony
  6. How bee’s communicate
  7. Harvesting, grading and marketing of honey
  8. Methods of honey extraction
  9. Grading the honey
  10. Making bees wax
  11. Extraction of Honey
  12. Enemies of the bee’s

Programme Delivery

This module is taught by Enjabulo Mamba and is classroom and field based. The module consists of six core modules that are broken down into subsections. Bee keeping and apiary management is taught four times a week for a total of 12 hours. Students are graded in both field and classroom participation, examination and assignments. Students are also assessed on their ability to apply theoretical knowledge during field exercises. The module is 70% practical and 30% theory. The students are given a class test once a month to assess their progress.