Certificate of Tropical Agriculture

The Certificate of Tropical Agriculture is a one-year course of 10 units totaling 120 credit units. This program prepares students to make informed decisions about tropical agricultural issues; and develops knowledge and skills and an appropriate work-ready attitude to be agricultural practitioners.

Students develop an understanding of themselves and the world around them, increasing future economic opportunities that are sustainable and environmentally friendly while encouraging networking and development of leadership roles in agriculture. Unit projects encourage teamwork and development of leadership roles and skills.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirement into the Certificate of Tropical Agriculture programme includes the successful completion of Form 5 level with passes in English, Maths, Science and Agriculture; or has graduated from a Rural Training Center (RTC) with at least 2 years of field experience in the area of agriculture or any mature and experienced farmers with some formal education background.


Course Structure

Course Code: CTA
Course Name: Certificate of Tropical Agriculture
Duration: 1 year
Core Units: 10 Units
Total Credit Points: 120
Campus: Kukum

Unite CodeUnit TitleSemester OfferedCredit Points
AG311Agriculture Mathematics & Computer Skills 1 10
This unit is designed to improve the mathematical and basic computer skills of the students so that they can do the tasks expected of them in their course in Agriculture and their future work. The unit help student to perform calculations and solve agricultural problems using ratio concepts, apply percentage concepts that are important in agriculture business calculations.
AG312Communication & Study Skills 1 10
This unit introduces students to basic communication skills that cover the following instructional areas: study skills, interpersonal skills, academic writing skills and work place writing. These instructional areas are aimed to assist students to become more efficient learners as well as build stronger relationship and team with colleagues by applying the relevant communication practices effectively.
AG313Animal Production I 1 15
The unit is designed with an overview of pig and poultry production, and an awareness of opportunities that intensive piggery and poultry farming can provide. The unit provides the student with the opportunity to gain husbandry knowledge and practical skills in the production of eggs, chicken, duct and pig meat and knowledge regarding breeding especially with pig production in the Solomon Islands.
AG314Crop Production I 1 10
This unit is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of main features of selected annual crops’ production and utilization as staple food crops in this region. The unit also covers the potential and the agronomy and cultural requirements of growing those crops and its local significance in the Solomon Islands
AG315Farm Economics & Marketing 1 10
This unit is designed to enable students to plan improvements in farm productivity through the application of basic farm economics. The content of the unit emphasizes how producers and consumers behave and their interaction in real life situation. The unit also covers agriculture marketing roles, barriers, functions and how to manage markets effectively.
AG421Small Engines & Farm machinery 2 10
The unit is designed to develop the student skills in maintenance, safe operation of farm tools, machinery, with special emphasis on tractors and implements, rotary and water pumps. The unit will allow the students hands on experience in the workshop and in maintenance State the function of the engine main parts and with their systems of Small Engine (OBM & Chainsaw and Tractor).
AG422Animal Production II 2 15
This unit will have two topics which are honey bees keeping and ruminant animal production, basically on livestock. These will be delivered concurrently within the semester. One topic will be delivered in the first seven weeks and other during the last seven weeks of the semester.
AG423Crop Production II 2 15
This unit is designed to provide an understanding of the principles of horticulture emphasizing vegetable crops, with special reference to plant growth and development, classification and naming; seeds and sexual propagation, vegetable production systems, establishment, management and the economics of vegetable production in the Solomon Islands.  
AG424Agriculture Program & Project planning 2 10
This unit cover the principles of agricultural extension, sociological theories, social structure of rural agrarian society, social change, Group Dynamics and Problems of Rural Society, Extension program planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation, Participatory extension, approach, Agricultural strategies, approaches and models, Situational analysis, Need assessment, Priority setting, Instructional planning and Program objectives.
AG425Farm Management 2 10
This unit is designed to provide basic knowledge and skills in the identifying and assessment of the important scarce farm resources. It emphasizes the accurate use of physical and financial records and their importance as these forms the basis for evaluating enterprise and whole farm management performances.