FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE

 

DEPARTMENT OF HORTICULTURE

 Horticulture is one of the most important major disciplines of agriculture. The production and returns from horticultural crops are high as compared to other crops. The horticultural crops, fruits, vegetables, and flowers possess export potential to earn foreign exchange. The department provides advisory services to the fruit and vegetable growers. The research on problems faced by farming community is also going on with the involvement of graduate.



HOD's MESSAGE

The discovery of agriculture was the first biggest step towards a civilized life.

“Arthur Keith”

Agriculture is considered the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. It is one of the ancient and productive sectors of human activity. Providing food, feed, shelter and clothing has been the goal of agriculture for decades. Department of Agriculture at MCKRU was established in October 2020 with a strong commitment to impart high standard quality education with great quality of research related to the burning problems of agriculture sector to the youth of the country in general and the province of Balochistan, in particular, to face the future challenges of new millennium in Crop Production and Crop Protection sciences in order to produce high order professionals with academic excellence.

The department offers B.Sc. (Hons.) Agri. Sciences (four years degree). The students who get admission in the department of Agriculture have to study general agriculture subjects during their First and Second year (1st to 4th semester). From the third year (5th-8th semester), students have to choose one major these six areas of agriculture such as Agronomy, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Entomology to study and conduct their research. In the 8th semester, students are being sent to the well-known agricultural research institutes across the country to conduct their research and to prepare the report. Other than this, Department of Agriculture owns a large area for conducting field experiments and a well-established lab where students can perform their experiments in fully research-based environment.

With the hard work of the faculty of Agriculture, I feel proud by saying that at this stage, our undergraduate students are performing multiple experiments in the lab as well as field and are conducting research with the supervision of their qualified mentors. At this stage our students can scout for various pests and diseases in the field.

There are numerous job opportunities for agriculture graduates at government and private sectors such as Federal Departments of Agriculture Research, Provincial Department of Agriculture (Research and Extension Wing), Seed corporation of Pakistan, Soil testing and tissue culture and genetic engineering laboratories, Cut flower industries, Sugar mills, Private pesticide, fertilizer and seed companies, Universities, Collages and commercial banks of Pakistan.  

I would like to welcome the students who wish to decorate their future with their dreams and with an enthusiasm to bring revolution in the field of agriculture. Students come and get admission in the department of Agriculture to bring a change in the standards of farming community of Balochistan.

  Regards

Dr. Ghulam Hussain Jatoi

      Incharge Chairperson

 Department of Agriculture

MCKRU, Sibi

VISSION & MISSION

VISION

To be one of the leading agricultural universities of Pakistan with a mandate to ensure food security and to reduce rural poverty through quality education and research in the main sub-sectors of agriculture, viz., field crops, orchards and vegetables.

MISSION

To provide opportunities for outcome-based learning and to develop a research environment in agriculture for the rural youth of Balochistan province. The Department’s overall aim is to focus on the improvement of quantitative and qualitative traits of cereal, fibre and oilseed crops, the production of model crop videotapes suitable for cultivation in different agro-environments of the Balochistan province and ultimately, the development of a technology package to enhance the capabilities of farmers for various crops. The major beneficiaries of the agriculture department are (Sibi, kohlu, Dera Bugti, Ziarat, Harnai, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Mastung, Bolan, Kachi, Quetta, and other districts) and a maximum number of seats will be allocated to these districts. To stimulate the intellectual participation of youth in the agricultural and professional development of Balochistan. The main objectives of the Agriculture Department are as follows:

Job Opportunities for the Graduates from Agriculture Department 

           The prime motive behind establishing the agriculture department is to promote the rapid transfer of technology to the farming community through a continued output of graduates. The graduates disseminate the modern technological know-how to the farmers to boost agricultural productivity.

           The main job opportunities are as under: Agricultural graduates may be taken up to work as farm managers in Agricultural Estates. Work as specialists in various disciplines of Agriculture and allied sciences in public and private sector organizations, autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies viz, Zarai Tarqiati Bank (ZTBP) of Pakistan, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Pakistan Council for Research on Water Resources (PCRWR), WAPDA, Fruit Preservation and Grading Industries, etc. Their services can also be utilized in provincial and federal departments of Agricultural Extension, Research, Teaching, Forestry, Plant Protection, Plant Quarantine, Pakistan Central Cotton Committee, Public Parks and Gardens, Agricultural Tools and Machines, Seed Corporations, EPA, SCARP, Sugar Corporation, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, and other departments. They may be taken up as agriculture teachers/subject specialists to teach agriculture and agro-technical courses in High Schools and other vocational institutes of education departments. The job-oriented graduates can share the business and management of agro-based industries like fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, sugar and jute mills, and cotton factories.

           They can also find access to the Agricultural Census, Agricultural Marketing, Pakistan Broadcasting departments, other corporations and commercial Banks, Agro-Economic Research, and Social Welfare Departments. Job opportunities may also be availed for the graduates of this University in various special projects sponsored by agencies like the National Planning Commission, USAID, FAO, Ford Foundation, National Talent Pool, and agriculture consultancy firms. Agricultural degree holders may seek employment in foreign countries, especially the least developed countries with ongoing agricultural development activities. In this connection, the Agriculture department is also engaged in training students from developing countries. Besides, the graduates of the Agriculture department are eligible to apply for competitive examinations held by the Provincial and Federal Public Service Commissions for the administrative, secretariat and other superior services of Pakistan.

Objectives 

           The main objective is to train undergraduate and postgraduate students in production, post-harvest techniques improvement, storage, processing and marketing of horticultural crops, landscape and aesthetic, and environmental impact. The specific objectives are:

  1. Provide educational opportunities for the pursuit of careers in horticulture.
  • Improve horticultural products' quality, variety, and availability to achieve global gap certification for export.
  • Strengthen the competitive position of the Balochistan horticulture industry.
  1. Popularize high-density planting concept for achieving higher & quality production of mango

 Develop technology for the production of certified stock and saplings

B.SC (AGRI.) HONS. P-III AND IV,

 SEMESTER-WISE COURSE DISTRIBUTION

DEPARTMENT OF HORTICULTURE

S. No.

Course Code

Title

Credit Hours

Status

B.Sc (Agri.) Hons. P-III                5th Semester

 

 

1.

HORT-501

Principle of Fruit Production

3 (2-1)

Major

2.

HORT-503

Principle of Vegetable Production

3 (2-1)

Major

3.

HORT-505

Principle of Ornamental Production

3 (2-1)

Major

4.

HORT-507

Propagation and Nursery Management

3 (2-1)

Major

5.

HORT-509

In vitro Propagation

3 (2-1)

Major

6.

HORT-511

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

3 (2-1)

Major

Total

18 (12-6)

 

B.Sc (Agri.) Hons. P-III                6th Semester

 

 

1.

HORT-502

Temperate Fruits

3 (2-1)

Major

2.

HORT-504

Winter vegetables

3 (2-1)

Major

3.

HORT-506

Landscape Horticulture

3 (2-1)

Major

4.

HORT-508

Post Harvest Horticulture

3 (2-1)

Major

5.

HORT-510

Breeding of Horticultural Crops

3 (2-1)

Major

Total

15 (10-5)

 

B.Sc (Agri) Hons. P-IV                 7th Semester

 

 

1.

HORT-601

Business Management in Horticulture

3 (2-1)

Major

2.

HORT-603

Tropical and sub-Tropical Fruits

3 (2-1)

Major

3.

HORT-605

Commercial Flower Production

3 (2-1)

Major

4.

HORT-607

Summer Vegetables

3 (2-1)

Major

5.

*HORT-609

Solanaceous Crops

3(2-1)

(Minor)

Total

15 (10-5)

 

B.Sc (Agri) Hons. P-IV                 8th Semester

 

 

1.

HORT-602

Research Methods in Horticulture

2 (2-0)

Major

2.

HORT-604

Protected Horticulture

3 (2-1)

Major

3.

HORT-606

Vegetable and flower seed production

3 (2-1)

Major

4.

HORT-608

Internship and Report Writing

4 (0-4)

Major

Total

12 (5-6)

 

Grand Total

60

 

       

 

Semesters

Credit hours

Total

1+2+3+4

20+17+18+19

74

5+6+7+8

18+15+15+12

60

                                                                                            Grant Total

134

 

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