Effective, responsible application is the key to effective chemical control of agricultural pests. By far the majority of sub-optimal levels of pest control or damage to crops and non-target areas stem from the incorrect application of agrichemicals. Furthermore, there are also environmental aspects, some which are actually legal requirements, which must be taken into account when applying agrichemicals.
Application involves more than just spraying a chemical mixture onto a crop. By learning all of the aspects involved, such as the biology of the pests and crops, the chemical requirements and the physics behind application equipment, the student will be able to bring these parameters together during decision making. The student will therefore learn the most appropriate choice of application strategy and equipment, up to the actual application process itself, for different situations. The student will also learn about responsible application to ensure sustainable use of agrichemicals.
MSA Competency based short learning programme
The course will benefit all involved in the agrochemical industry, including the wider agricultural sector, agrochemical agents, company representatives and technical advisers both within agrochemical dealerships and the manufacturing sector/ product registration holders.
Mr Gerrit Jansen van Vuuren holds a BSc (Hons) Entomology & Botany, with specialisation in weed and insect control as well as application technology. His areas of expertise are weed control and aerial application. Being a trained biologist, developing herbicides and insecticides as well as having 26 years’ experience in application technology, he approaches application technology holistically and not as a “single loose standing” subject.
Mr Michael Bowley graduated with a BSc Agric. (Hons) majoring in Agricultural Production Systems, with a focus on intensive agricultural systems. His work experience includes managing a seedling & hydroponics estate and working as a spray operator and production supervisor on various agricultural operations in England. In 2012, he started with TeeJet Technologies in the position of Regional Sales Manager for Africa. With practical spray experience and local farming knowledge, he can relate day to day situations to the theory used in application technology.