Propagation of Indigenous and Naturalised Fruit Trees in Southern
VPR&D is offering a
two week course on basic indigenous fruit tree propagation studies,
with special reference to the production practices for producing potentially
high quality seedlings that produce fruit early.
All participants will learn how to set-up and implement a proper plant management
programme. Participants will be led through the whole process, hands-on,
starting from germplasm collection, seed germination, vegetative propagation,
to site seletion, preparation and planting as well as water harvesting techniques
The course will be a mix of basic theory and application and will focus on
indigenous and naturalised fruit trees and herbal teas commonly found in
This 10-day course will include theory and practical on:
Selection of superior
phenotypes in the wild
Basics of germplasm storage
Techniques for root stock
Techniques for seed propagation
Techniques for grafting
Seedling planting and
Plant management (thinning,
pruning, tree shaping)
Course Dates :
April 16th to April 26th
Please register by Feb. 15, 2002
Course fee will be BwP 5000 per participant.
This fee includes teaching material, basic grafting and budding tools, morning
tea and lunch. This fee does not include accommodation, breakfast, dinner
or travel. It is assumed that the respective employers will provide for
All enquiries should
be addressed to:
Mr S.M. Mateke
Veld Products Research & Development
PO Box 2020 Gaborone Botswana
Tel (267) 347047 Fax (267) 347363
*Course offering is dependent upon a minimum number of participants
registering by Feb. 15. 2002.
Mr Mateke has been conducting research and training for more than 15 years.
He received his BSc. Agriculture in 1985, and has subsequently completed
an MSc (1993 University of Western Australia) in Horticulture and is pursuing
a PhD focusing on Indigenous Plant Domestication and Agroforestry. His main
research interests include the physio-eco-agronomy of fruit trees and sustainable
use /domestication of wild plants, as well as improvement of wild relatives
of important tree crops and their interaction with annual crops. Mr Mateke
has published 5 Field manuals on IFT and has presented VPR&D's work on
IFT at several international seminars, workshops and training courses through
sponsorship of UN supported departments on the above topics.
Power Balatlhane Tshikae, BSc.,
Mr. Tshikae graduated from the University of Botswana in Agricultural Sciences
in 1996 (BSc ) and is currently in the final stages of obtaining a MPhil
in Ecology. He has 3 years of ecological research experience in Botswana
and 6 months teaching experience. Since February 2001, he has served as
VPR&D's Assistant Team Leader in the Research and Extension
Technical Assistants will be available to provide on-the- spot training support
during practical sessions.
Mr Kago Phofuetsile has 6 years of practical experience training farmers,
Agricultural College students, and service providers from other NGOs in Botswana
and the region to perform grafting techniques.
Mr Meleko Thumpe is an agroforestry technician with several years
of field experience.
Miss Amogelang Kwenaetswenyo has 4 years of nursery techniques