What is an Agricultural Manager?
Agricultural Managers work on farms. Farm owners usually employ Agricultural Managers to look after one specific aspect of that farm. For example: The nutrition and feeding of the livestock (animals) or to manage the planting and harvesting of a particular crop.
They may specialise, for example, they can work in:
- Nurseries and greenhouses – specialising in mushroom or rose farming
- Fisheries – managing in the breeding process
What does an Agricultural Manager do?
- meets and discusses issues and plans with the farm owner
- monitors and manages the farm
- manages staff in their department
- works long and unusual hours when necessary
- always on the lookout for diseases and deal with the problem at hand
- keeps records
- meets with veterinarians when required
Are you . . . ?
- interested in farming?
- a lover of the outdoors?
- willing to work in all kinds of weather?
- willing to work unusual hours if required?
- a hard worker?
How do I become an Agricultural Manager?
A lot of Agricultural Managers have grown up on a farm. Information and skills have been passed down from one generation to the other. Modern farmers will also consider doing diplomas in Agricultural Management.
Here are a few examples:
National Diplomas and BTechs in Agricultural Management at some of the Universities of Technology
You can do relevant agricultural management degrees at some universities like Stellenbosch, for instance:
BSc Agric or BAgricAdmin in Agricultural Economics and Management
- CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
- Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
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