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TABLE GRAPE
MODULAR COURSE

The Modular Course in Table Grape Production is presented by SATI, ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij and Elsenburg. The target group of the course are persons who are already working in the table or raisin grape industry (supervisors, foremen and production managers), as well as experienced farm workers who have the potential to progress to these positions in future.  These persons already have practical experience of table or raisin grape production, but have no formal academic qualification in viticulture.

The aim of this course is primarily to teach the target groups the “why’s” behind production practices.  The modular course makes agricultural training accessible for persons from previously disadvantaged communities, as well as persons who cannot attend full time agricultural training programmes, due to financial and/or practical reasons. The course is presented in 13 modules (15 days in total).

The presenters are experts from the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, SATI, Stellenbosch University and S.A. Dried Fruit.  Topics that are covered include: viticultural aspects of table and raisin grape production, harvesting and post-harvest handling of table grapes, overview of the raisin grape industry as well as harvesting and post-harvest handling of raisin grapes (Orange River course).  Supporting modules focus on: soil and nutrition, diseases and pests, vineyard cultivation, as well as irrigation.

SATI allocates funds for subsidising the course fee, subjected to certain requirements.

TABLE GRAPE MODULAR COURSE

The Modular Course in Table Grape Production is presented by SATI, ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij and Elsenburg. The target group of the course are persons who are already working in the table or raisin grape industry (supervisors, foremen and production managers), as well as experienced farm workers who have the potential to progress to these positions in future.  These persons already have practical experience of table or raisin grape production, but have no formal academic qualification in viticulture.

The aim of this course is primarily to teach the target groups the “why’s” behind production practices.  The modular course makes agricultural training accessible for persons from previously disadvantaged communities, as well as persons who cannot attend full time agricultural training programmes, due to financial and/or practical reasons. The course is presented in 13 modules (15 days in total).

The presenters are experts from the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, SATI, Stellenbosch University and S.A. Dried Fruit.  Topics that are covered include: viticultural aspects of table and raisin grape production, harvesting and post-harvest handling of table grapes, overview of the raisin grape industry as well as harvesting and post-harvest handling of raisin grapes (Orange River course).  Supporting modules focus on: soil and nutrition, diseases and pests, vineyard cultivation, as well as irrigation.

SATI allocates funds for subsidising the course fee, subjected to certain requirements.

ELSENBURG
TRAINING INSTITUTE

Table Grape Production is presented at Elsenburg as a complete Viticulture module both within the B Agric programme (3 year degree programme) and the Higher Certificate programme (2 year certificate programme).

For more detail about the programmes offering Viticulture and specifically Table Grape production at Elsenburg visit:

ELSENBURG TRAINING INSTITUTE

Table Grape Production is presented at Elsenburg as a complete Viticulture module both within the B Agric programme (3 year degree programme) and the Higher Certificate programme (2 year certificate programme).

For more detail about the programmes offering Viticulture and specifically Table Grape production at Elsenburg visit:

STELLENBOSCH
UNIVERSITY

Table Grape Science is presented at both the University of Stellenbosch (US) and Elsenburg as a complete Viticulture module both within the BSc Agric programme (4 year degree programme) and the B Agric programme (3 year degree programme).  On average around 100 students per year are enrolled for Table Grape Science as a subject (40 BSc Agric 4th year students; 30 BSc Agric 3rd year students; 30 B Agric 3rd year students).

The Viticulture (Table Grape Science) lecturing post at Stellenbosch University has been funded by the SA Table Grape Industry since 1986. Eunice Avenant (SATI Training Manager) has been appointed in this position since August 2012.

As part as the required course work for the degree B Sc Agric in Viticulture and Oenology, or Viticulture in combination with another major subject, the student must do a practical internship. The Viticulture (Table Grape) internship,  comprises 4 months in total, allocated from July in the 3rd academic year to June in the 4th academic year, in line with vineyard activities, as well as the student’s programme at the university.

The internship includes the following:

  • Practical work in the vineyard and pack store (production practices, harvesting and post-harvest-handling of  export table grapes).
  • Exposure to human resource management in a table grape production context.
  • Executing a small research project in the vineyard.

For more detail about the programmes offering Viticulture and specifically Table Grape Science at Stellenbosch University and Elsenburg, visit: Stellenbosch University / Elsenburg

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

Table Grape Science is presented at both the University of Stellenbosch (US) and Elsenburg as a complete Viticulture module both within the BSc Agric programme (4 year degree programme) and the B Agric programme (3 year degree programme).  On average around 100 students per year are enrolled for Table Grape Science as a subject (40 BSc Agric 4th year students; 30 BSc Agric 3rd year students; 30 B Agric 3rd year students).

The Viticulture (Table Grape Science) lecturing post at Stellenbosch University has been funded by the SA Table Grape Industry since 1986. Eunice Avenant (SATI Training Manager) has been appointed in this position since August 2012.

As part as the required course work for the degree B Sc Agric in Viticulture and Oenology, or Viticulture in combination with another major subject, the student must do a practical internship. The Viticulture (Table Grape) internship,  comprises 4 months in total, allocated from July in the 3rd academic year to June in the 4th academic year, in line with vineyard activities, as well as the student’s programme at the university.

The internship includes the following:

  • Practical work in the vineyard and pack store (production practices, harvesting and post-harvest-handling of  export table grapes).
  • Exposure to human resource management in a table grape production context.
  • Executing a small research project in the vineyard.

For more detail about the programmes offering Viticulture and specifically Table Grape Science at Stellenbosch University and Elsenburg, visit: Stellenbosch University / Elsenburg

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