Agricultural technicians

Agricultural technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical and scientific support to agricultural scientists, farmers and farm managers.
Tasks include -
(a)  preparing materials and equipment for experiments, tests and analyses;
(b)  collecting and preparing specimens such as soils, plant or animal cells, tissues or parts of animal organs for experiments, tests and analyses;
(c)  assisting with and performing experiments, tests and analyses applying methods and techniques such as microscopy, histochemistry, chromatography, electrophoresis and spectroscopy;
(d)  identifying pathogenic micro-organisms and insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops and livestock, and assisting in devising methods of control;
(e)  analysing produce to set and maintain standards of quality;
(f)  conducting or supervising operational programmes such as fish hatchery, greenhouse and livestock production programmes;
(g)  analysing samples of seeds for quality, purity and germination rating;
(h)  collecting data and estimating quantities and costs of materials and labour required for projects;
(i)  organizing maintenance and repairs of research equipment.
Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Dairy technician
  • Field crop technician
  • Herd tester
  • Horticultural technician 
  • Poultry technician

Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Artificial inseminator - 3240
  • Veterinary technician - 3240
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