Soil as a growth medium
CATEGORY: Agriculture

Soil as Growth Medium

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview


Audio-visual methodology is aimed at supporting and empowering people involved in the field of agriculture to define, promote and take full ownership of their own development, as learning is a life-long process.

Skills development is a key driver of socio-economic development. Mainstreaming of agricultural development efforts is crucial to ensure congruence and effective deployment of resources.

Different soils and crops require different fertilizers and fertilization is only a means to an end. The objective is to ensure the optimum yield for various crops and this is only possible if the full potential of the soil is unlocked

Who Should Enrol

All people involved in the field of agriculture

Course Design

A way to bolster agricultural production is to develop practical agricultural education systems. A powerful way of doing this is through the use of audio visual modules which is a highly effective and tested methodology to approach, examine and impart knowledge.

This is a comprehensive series of modules that follow a step by step process and can be used in group training or self study – and are structured according to visual training guidelines. This implies defining most of the terminology used and where necessary, supporting the visual storyline with graphics and animation to enhance the learning process and ensure that sustainable knowledge is gained in the learning process.

These modules are designed to do precisely what they are meant to do – and that is to support skills development. Online Video Series Supporting Agri Skills Development and Best Farming Practices.

Course Content

This course covers the following topics:

  • Fertilization
  • Soil as growth medium
  • Growth factors
  • Fertilization 
  • Conservation farming
  • Biological farming
  • Chemical fertility of soil
  • Soil reaction
  • Role of essential plant nutrients
  • Phosphate
  • Potassium
  • Calcium and Sulphur
  • Micro-elements
  • Molybdenum
  • Urea
  • Plant requirements
  • Managing leaf growth
  • Macro-elements
  • Micro-elements
  • Root development and nutrient absorption
  • Soil Prep
  • Precision farming

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this video series, candidates will be able to have a better understanding of some of the important aspects of soil and nutrients including the following:

  • General fertilization aspects
  • The importance of soil as growth medium
  • Soil potential, fertility, texture and structure
  • Plant nutrient formulations
  • The role of essential plant nutrients
  • The different roles of macro and micro elements
  • Plant root development
  • Soil preparation
  • Biological farming
  • Organic fertilization
  • Microbe activity

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