Role and key duties
Horticulturists work in plant propagation, crop production, plant breeding and genetic engineering, plant biochemistry, plant physiology, and the storage, processing, and transportation of fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs and turf. They improve crop yield, quality and nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases and environmental stresses.
Duties may include: identifying and correcting soil deficiencies; identifying and treating pests and diseases on plants; the preparation of fields, garden beds or lawn areas by cultivating soil and adding fertilisers and compost; using growth regulators and other chemicals; reading landscape plans and construction of rockeries, paths or ponds; and planting and transplanting flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns.
Minimum qualification required
Completion of an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture.
Degree in Agricultural Science, Agriculture or Horticulture.