Unit Code: AGR701

Unit Title: Field Crops, Herbs and Spices

This unit is designed to provide students with the knowledge on root crops, herbs and spices cultivated in the Solomon Islands. The course also explores the origins and biology of root crops, herbs and spices including morphological structures, husbandry practices and their uses and function in the dietary consumption and their popularity in other countries and those that are seen important to farmers in the Solomon Islanders. Postharvest practices in the field and before marketing to the public are also highlighted.  Students develop a garden that features the crops they study. Field visits and farm practical are key component to students learning. Cassava, sweetpotato, taro or aroid families are thoroughly studies including dioscorea species that are common to Solomon Islands.