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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.

Job Definition

(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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