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Agricultural technicians

Agricultural technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical and scientific support to agricultural scientists, farmers and farm managers. agricultural scientists, farmers and farm managers.

Tasks

  • (a) preparing materials and equipment for experiments, tests and analyses
  • (b) collecting and preparing specimens such as soils, plant or animal cells, tissues or parts of organs for experiments, tests and analyses
  • (c) assisting with and performing experiments, tests and analyses applying methods and techniques such as microscopy, histochemistry, chromatography, electrophoresis and spectroscopy
  • (d) identifying pathogenic micro-organisms, insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops and livestock, and assisting in devising methods of control
  • (e) analysing produce to set and maintain standards of quality
  • (f) conducting or supervising operational programs such as fish hatchery, greenhouse and livestock production
  • (g) analysing samples of seeds for quality, purity and germination rating
  • (h) collecting data and estimating quantities and costs of materials and labour required for projects
  • (i) organizing maintenance and repairs of research equipment
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