HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE POSTGRADUATE STUDENT WINS AGRISETA AWARD

HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE POSTGRADUATE STUDENT WINS AGRISETA AWARD

UKZN’s Mr Nhlanhla Mathaba was named the Best Performing Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority AgriSETA bursary student during the organisation’s annual gala dinner in Johannesburg.

A variety of awards recognising various role players in the agricultural sector were made at the event.

Mathaba, a Science Foundation Programme student, has recently submitted his thesis for a PhD in Horticultural Science.

The AgriSETA evaluated nominees by interviewing students, their supervisors and project industry partners which in Mathaba’s case is the Citrus Industry.

Mathaba’s PhD project investigates the events leading to chilling injury in lemons - a physiological disorder of fruit and vegetables leading to severe peel discolouration, thereby reducing the marketability of produce.

The project resulted in a deeper understanding of the occurrence and mitigation techniques of chilling injury in citrus fruit.

‘This achievement would be impossible without the guidance and support of my Supervisor, Dr Sia Beetling, and my industry partner, the Citrus Academy of the South African Citrus Growers’ Association,’ said Mathaba.


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