Name: JASPER KANOMANYANGA
Working place: CAU Quzhou Experimental Station, Quzhou, Hebei
August 2013-June 2016: BSc Agricultural Crop Science
University of Zimbabwe, P.O Box MP197, Harare, Zimbabwe
Core courses include: Principles of genetics and plant breeding
Statistical methods and experimental designs
Crop ecology and physiology
November 2016 – August 2019: Agricultural Extension Officer (AEO)
The Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (COTTCO)
No. 1 Lyton Rd, Workington, Harare, Zimbabwe.
Duties include: Offer practical and technical support to smallholder farmers
Team leader of 18 subordinates
Research topic of your thesis:
1. Challenges Facing the Extension Agents in the Execution of Public Agricultural Extension Services: A Case of Mount Darwin district, Zimbabwe.
2. The effects of rhizobia inoculants and phosphorus fertilizer on soybean in Africa; A meta-analysis.
My Experience in Quzhou Experiment Station:
Academic Thesis Research Work
A thesis research titled “Challenges facing the government extension agents in Zimbabwe” is still underway. During this semester, proposal was developed and presentations were conducted in Quzhou experimental station. The research is being carried out in Zimbabwe with the help a research assistant. Currently, the questionnaires were sent to the research assistant and is helping in collecting the relevant data from the study area. The second research is a meta-analysis which was assessing the effects of phosphorus fertilizer and rhizobium inoculation on soybean productivity in Africa. The research was commenced in April 2020 by literature search and data capturing. This was followed by data analysis and manuscript writing which was just completed in October 2020.
Other practical work conducted in Quzhou
The practical education training program involved carrying out of various practical work which include conducting field experiments, practical training on the China’s agricultural technological advancement by the surrounding small-scale farmers and class presentations. This gave me much hands-on experience to almost all practical aspects of agriculture in China as well as the experience in conducting field experiments. I gained knowledge in the production of crops like wheat, maize, grapes, apples, stevia, and irrigation water management etc. Many technological approaches used in solving farmers’ problems were gained and I look forward to transferring this to my country, Zimbabwe, so as to sustainably improve farmers’ yield and income.
Pictures below were captured during the Practical Education period at Quzhou Experimental Station:
a) Mung-bean harvesting b) Myself and other STB students during maize planting
c) My colleagues and I taking plant data (LA, LAI & plant height. d)Maize data and soil sample collection in Wangzhuang STB.