Plant sciences form a very important domain in agriculture. At NAEC, the Plant Sciences department covers abroad range of fundamental aspects of farming. It covers not only cropping systems, but also integrates topics of soil and water conservation, farm mechanization, as well as aspects such as human nutrition. Students specializing in Plant sciences at NAEC receive a solid academic background and practical experience in important areas of plant production agriculture.
Besides the indoor laboratory, the NAEC grounds include a greenhouse, an aquaculture garden and farm land. This provides students with ample opportunity to get different practical skills in crop production throughout the season. The Plant Science department also offers to students the possibility of generating income through crop production. The students are given reasonable piece of land at NAEC farm to produce crops on their own. The students are then responsible for the production and marketing of their own produce.
During the 4th semester at NAEC, students specialized in Plant Science also engage in a specialized research project. To deepen their theoretical academic and research studies, students make excursions to visit different research farms, universities, companies, laboratories, and other academic and recreational places.
The main objective of the Plant Science department is to develop and build up the students’ practical knowledge, attitudes, problem-solving and teaching skills. With these tools, NAEC graduates can improve agriculture education at Agricultural High Schools; and those specialized in Plant Science can in addition work directly on improving cropping systems and agribusinesses.
The Plant Sciences department provides 20 different courses over the two years of studies at NAEC. The main topics of specialization are:
• Fruit Production: Apricots, citrus, almond
• Plant Breeding and Genetics
• Soil and Water Conservation
• Plant Propagation
• Forage Crops
• Pasture management
• Integrated Pest Management IPM
• Plantation and research