Diploma in Horticulture


The objective of the curriculum in Farm Management is to produce a graduate with knowledge and technical skills in crop and livestock production coupled with the ability to conduct economic analysis of problems and opportunities in agricultural production, marketing and management.

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission as diploma students in Farm Management are:
An aggregate score of KCSE Grade or KACE/EACE Division II or equivalent.
Individual score KCSE Grade C or Credit (KACE/EACE) in each of the following subjects;
English or Kiswahili
Physics, Chemistry or Physical science
Biology or Biological Science

Diploma Course Coding
The grading system for Diploma courses offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management is as follows:
All course codes begin with an abbreviation AGEC indicating that the course is offered from the department.  The abbreviation is followed by a set of four digits as follows:
(a)    The first digit is a zero (0) denoting that course is diploma course.
(b)    The second digit is either a 1, 2, or 3, denoting the year the course should be offered.
(c)    The third digit denotes the course discipline within the Department.   The department has categorized its course into five disciplines as follows:
Category 1. Introduction economic theory and quantitative economics
Category 2.  Resource and development economics
Category 3.  Agricultural marketing , price analysis & international  trade                                     
Category 4.   Farm management and production economics
Category 5.  Agricultural law & policy
Category 6.  Industrial and field attachment

The last digit denotes the sub-discipline of the course within the boarder category described in (c) above.
Example: AGEC 0112:  Introduction to Agricultural Economics.  This course is offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management (AGEC) to the diploma student (0).   It is offered in the first year (1) and falls within the first (1) discipline (Economic Theory and Quantitative Economics) under first (1) sub-discipline (General Economic theory).

Philosophy of Training

The subjects taught in the first YEAR 1nclude the following basic agricultural sciences; Chemistry, Biology, Principles and Practices of Crop Science and Animal Science, Elementary Statistics and Principles of economics.   In the second year the student penetrates into more applied technical subjects of crop and livestock production, basic principles and methods of agricultural extension are taught.  In their final year (third) year, the students specialise in farm management proper and delve into advanced farm management economics.   The students study applied and practical courses comprising of: farm planning and budgeting, labour management, financial management.   Seminars are also conducted to enhance the students' ability to analyze and synthesize farm management problems, decisions and related issues.

The farm management curriculum acknowledges the importance and value of involvement in practical operations and activities in farming.  In fact practical orientation permeates the entire curriculum and consequently students carry out practical work at every possible opportunity throughout the tenure of training.  Practical farming facilities are available in the University in the tuition farm namely: The Tatton Demonstration Unit (T.D.U) which comprises of about 800 acres (330 Ha).

In recognition of the fact that about 90% of Kenyas population is found in the small-scale farming section from where they derive their livelihood, students are attached to various districts and locations to work alongside the agricultural extension advisory staff.  During this period of field attachment they are required to study and appreciate the environment, farming systems and the socio-economic circumstances and consequences and constraints which face the small-scale farms vis-ƒ -vis the programmes intended to enhance crop and yields and the productivity generally.

The Tatton Farm (T.D.U.) acts as a field laboratory and is accessible to students at any time.   The unit grows a variety of crops which comprises of wheat, maize, English potatoes, vegetables, dairy cattle, sheep and poultry are also raised.

The students carry out various farm operations including seedbed preparation, planning, weeding, harvesting and sale of crops.   Alternative methods are carried out and appraised.  For livestock management, students undertake feeding, milking, disease control and other routine duties.  Ultimately, farm costing and return are analyzed to evaluate viability of enterprises.