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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Agri-Hub development will boost agriculture activities in the Western Cape

DEVELOPMENT: An architectural drawing of the new Agri-Hub that will be housed on the Wellington Campus DEVELOPMENT: An architectural drawing of the new Agri-Hub that will be housed on the Wellington Campus

CPUT is focused on becoming the nucleus of agricultural teaching and development in the Cape Winelands region.

This objective will be boosted with the construction of a multi-million Rand Agri-Hub on the Wellington Campus.

The Agri-Hub will house the Agriculture Department and will feature a vineyard, fruit orchards, vegetable fields as well as a livestock husbandry training facility.

The existing wine cellar, which was funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training to the tune of R2 m will also be incorporated into the new development.

This facility will also feature modern lecture rooms, conference facilities, laboratories and greenhouses.

The department’s Dr Francois Lategan says the Agri-Hub will be on par with what students can expect once in industry and will provide them with a hands-on learning experience.

“They will experience the atmosphere of agriculture every day,” says Lategan.

Apart from ensuring a first-class teaching and learning experience for CPUT students, Lategan says the new facility will also play a key role in developing closer ties between CPUT and the local, national and international agricultural sector, which will see them collaborate on capacity building programmes and joint research projects.

“Aspects of these collaborative programmes are already functional at local and international levels and these new facilities will just enhance the competitiveness and attractiveness of the programmes offered at the Wellington campus,” says Lategaan.

The Department is already well established in the Cape Winelands Region and active in locally based and industry funded community engagement programmes.

To find out more about the programme see: http://www.cput.ac.za/academic/faculties/appliedsciences/departments/agriculture 

Written by Candes Keating

Tel: +27 21 959 6311
Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Engineering and Applied Sciences Faculties; the Bellville and Wellington Campuses, and research and innovation news.