“Improving crop productivity in an environmentally sustainable way”

The objective of the Department is to contribute to the nation’s requirement for crop and soil sciences. The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences include the following broad areas: Crop Science, Soil Sciences, Irrigation Engineering, Environmental Science and Agricultural Economics.

Enquiries
For more information on the programmes contact:
The Chairperson
cropandsoil@lsu.ac.zw

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences Honours Degree in Horticulture and Landscaping

Bachelor of Science Honours Degree In Applied Biotechnology

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences Special Honours Degree in Crop Science

Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Irrigation Engineering

Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Food and Agricultural Products Processing

Master of Science Degree in Crop Science

Diploma in Agribusiness

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences Honours Degree in Soil Science

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences Honours Degree in Crop Science

Qualifications:                                                                                                  

  • MSc Agricultural Engineering (Irrigation), Bedford, UK
  • BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Crop Science), University of Zimbabwe

Area of Specialization

  • Irrigation Engineering (Planning and Designs)
  • Irrigation Water Management
  • Community Water Supplies Planning and Designs
  • Natural Resources Utilization

Research Interest

  • Waste water utilization
  • Water utilization and management
  • Natural resources utilization
  • Conservation agriculture

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

 

  1. Mpala, C, Sibanda P and Sibanda B. (2013). Assessment of the adoption and use of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the control of grain weevils in stored small grain in Matobo District in Matabeleland South Province of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Research Symposium (ZIRS) Book of Proceedings.

 

  1. Mpala, C, Sibanda P and M. Dlamini (2013) The accessibility, utilisation and role of indigenous traditional vegetables in household food security in rural Hwange District. Special Journal of ZOU International Research Conference Vol. 1, ( 2), pp 40-47

 

  1. Ndlovu, Z, Mpala, C and Sibanda P (2013) The socio economic impact of institutional childcare based drip irrigation gardens on the livelihoods: A case study of John Smale Children’s Home nutrition garden in Bulawayo Metropolitan Province. Special Journal of ZOU International Research Conference Vol. 1 (2) pp 7-17

 

  1. Mpala, C, P. Sibanda, M. Dlamini & B. Sibanda. (2014). Are quelea birds really a menace? Innovative use of indigenous knowledge systems in the harvesting and utilisation of quelea, Quelea quelea lathamii. In Hwange District of Matabeleland North Province. Global Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 2 (2), pp. 071-081, Available online at www.internationalscholarsjournals.org © International Scholars Journals November, 2014.

 

  1. Mpala, C. (2016) Agrochemicals Use By Smallholder Farmers In Vegetable Production In Matabeleland North Province. International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research ISSN: 2455-8834 Volume:01, Issue:07

 

  1. Mpala, C. (2016). The Socio Economic Impact of Smallholder Communal Irrigation Projects: A Case Study of Tshongokwe Smallholder Irrigation Scheme in Lupane District in Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Social Science And Economic Research ISSN: 2455-8834 Volume:01, Issue:07

 

  1. E, Dzinimwa. T, & C. Mpala. (2016). An assessment of the public health hazard potential of waste water use in salad crop production at Umguza Irrigation Lots. INTUNDLA A Multi-disciplinary Research Journal, Inaugural Edition, Volume 1, No. 1.

 

  1. Mpala, C. (2016). The impact of winter production of traditional vegetables on household food security; A case of river bed alluvial deposits traditional gardens in Hwange District. INTUNDLA  A Multi-disciplinary Research Journal, Inaugural Edition, Volume 1, No. 1.

A.U. Lumbile, MSc in Forestry (Veronezh State University) P.GD in Forestry, Netherlands).

  Qualifications

  • Agriculture (Agrochemistry and Soil Science) (Tashkent, USSR),
  • G.Dip. Soil Survey, (ITC, Netherlands); EMBA, (NUST);
  • Project Planning and Management (Ccosa).

Research Interests

• Soil resource mapping and evaluation for sustainable use
• The Kalahari System: landscape-soil-vegetation relationships; land use and land cover change; and soil      fertility management
• Climatic risk management in smallholder rain-fed cropping systems

Current Courses

• Introductory Soil Science
• Land Evaluation and Land-Use Planning
• Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
• Soil Testing and Fertiliser Use
• Environmental Impact Assessment

Publications

Dhlamini, N., B. Ncube and M. Moyo Globalisation and Ndebele Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities. European Journal of Globalisation and Development Research, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2014, p518-528.

 

 BOOKS

Anderson, I.P., Brinn, P.J., Moyo, M. and Nyamwanza, B. (1993) Physical Resource Inventory of the Communal Lands of Zimbabwe - An Overview, NRI Bulletin 60. Chatham, UK: Natural Resources Institute.

 BOOK CHAPTERS

Nobanda, N., Moyo, M., and Murwira, A. (1998) ECOREGIONS: A First Approximation. In: Muchenje, M., Sola, L., and Paleczny, D. (Eds.) The State of Zimbabwe's Environment 1998. Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Ministry of Mines, Environment and Tourism, Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

 

  Qualifications

  • PhD Public Health UKZN,
  • Master of International Health Copenhagen ;
  • B-Tech Environmental Health Tswane
  • Diploma environmental Health Bulawayo Poly

Research Interests

• Malaria early warning
Indigenous knowledge and public Health Communicable diseases
• Food Safety on health

Current Courses

• Occupational safety and Health
• Pollution and climate change
• Risk management
• Environmental sociology
• Occupational Health and safety legislation

Publications

Margaret Macherera, Moses J. Chimbari., (2016)Developing a community-centred malaria early warning system based on indigenous knowledge: Gwanda District, Zimbabwe: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 8, No 1 (2016), 10 pages.

Margaret Macherera, Moses J. Chimbari., (2016) A review of studies on community based early warning systems.Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 8, No 1 (2016), 11 pages.

Moyo L., Macherera M., and Makuvaro R.A., (2014), Microbiological assessment of bottled water brands in the Bulawayo market African Journal of Microbiology Research 8 (42) pp 365

Gumbi A., Sibanda Q., Macherera M., Moyo L., and Kupika o.l., Assessment of woody vegetation cover changes in Bulawayo over the period 1990 - 2010Arboriculture journal 01/2013; 35(4) DOI: 10 CP

CP Bhunu, WGarira, Z Mukandavire, M Zimba (2008),Tuberculosis transmission model with chemoprophylaxis and treatment.Bulletin of mathematical biology70(4) 1163-1191

Macherera, M. , Chimbari, M. J. and Mukaratirwa, S.(2017) Indigenous environmental indicators for malaria: A district study in Zimbabwe.ACTA Tropica Vol.No 175 (2017) pages 50 -57 doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2016.08.021

Manyangadze T, Chimbari MJ, Macherera M, Mukaratirwa S(2017) Micro-spatial distribution of malaria cases and control strategies at ward level in Gwanda district, Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe.ACTA Tropica Vol.No 175 (2017) pages 50 -57 doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2016.08.021

Z. Moyo, BSc (Hons) Agriculture, (UZ), MPhil Agriculture, (UZ).

A. Mlambo, BSc (Hons) Agriculture (UZ), MBA, (NUST).

M. Dlamini, MSc Agronomy, (Havana, Cuba), P.G. Cert. in Irrigation Planning, (Inst. of Agric Eng), Cert. in Management in Agric Sector, (Denmark).

Qualifications:

  • MSc Agriculture (Crop Science) University of Agriculture (Prague) Czechoslovakia.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Irrigation, Planning, Designing and Implementation.

Areas of Specialisation:

  • Irrigation Agronomy/ Crop Production
  • Irrigation Planning, Designing, Implementation
  • Irrigation Water Management
  • Operation and Maintenance of irrigation systems

Research Interest:

  • Irrigation Water Management and Climate Change
  • Conservation agriculture in semi arid areas

Research and Publications:

  • Mpala C, Sibanda P and Dlamini M. (2013). The accessibility, utilisation and role of indigenous traditional vegetables in household food security in rural Hwange District.  Special Journal of ZOU International Research Conference Vol.1, (2), pp 40-47.
  • Ndlovu Z, Mpala C and Sibanda P (2013). The socio economic impact of institutional childcare based drip irrigation gardens on livelihoods: A case study of John Smale Children’s’ Home nutrition garden in Bulawayo Metropolitan Province. Special Journal of ZOU International Research Conference Vol.1)2) pp 7-17.
  • C Mpala, Sibanda P, Dlamini M and Sibanda B. (2014). Are Quelea birds really a menace? Innovative use of indigenous knowledge systems in the harvesting and utilisation of quelea (Quelea quelea lathamii) in Hwange District of Matabeleland North Province.  Global Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 2 (2), pp 071-081. Available online at www.internationalscholarsjournals.org c International Scholars Journals November 2014.
  •  Mpala C, Sibanda P and Sibanda B. (2013). Unlocking the potential of contract farming in communal areas. A case study of Red Sorghum Contract Farming in Matobo District of Matabeleland South Province in Zimbabwe.

Qualifications

  • MSc. Economics and Agribusiness (U.N.E., Australia)
  • Post Grad Dip. Agric. Economics (UNE, Australia)
  • Post Grad Dip. Rural and Urban Planning (UZ)
  • BSc. Hons. Agric. Economics (UZ)

Research Interests

  • Climate change resilience strategies at the micro level in the semi-arid tropics,
  • Impacts of community irrigation schemes on poverty alleviation in rural areas of Zimbabwe
  • Agricultural productivity constraints in resettlement schemes
  • Disaggregating the impacts of national policy reforms on agriculture

Current Courses

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Applied Agricultural Production Economics
  • Agricultural Policy Analysis
  • Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Agricultural Trade and Commodity Policy
  • Rural and Agricultural Development Planning

S. Sebata. BSc. (Hons) Biological Sciences, (MSU), MSc. In Ecological Resources Management-(MSU).

R. Mudziwapasi, BTech (Hons) Biotechnology (CUT); MPhil Environmental Biotechnology (CUT)

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