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Faculty of Agriculture

Department of Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering Courses

Department of Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering

Dr. B.R.T Vilane

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) department was previously called Land Use and Mechanization (LUM). It was renamed ABE in the academic year 2010/2011 following an application to Senate via the Faculty of Agriculture Board.

The Department has seven academic staff positions, with responsibilities to execute the teaching, research and community mandates of the University of Swaziland (UNISWA). The department handles courses that are taught to other programmes in the Faculty of Agriculture and to the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering programme, which is the only undergraduate programme by the Department. The department has a responsibility to teach postgraduates students, particularly those enrolled in the departmental Master of Science in Environmental Resources Management (MSc. EM) in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

These responsibilities are embodied in the department’s mission and objectives stated next.


The mission of the department is to provide leadership and excellence in teaching, research and outreach in land, water and environmental resources management, farm power and machinery at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. It also seeks to establish links with small-medium size enterprises for the provision of clientele services and professional development.


  • To train professionals in the field of agricultural and biosystems engineering at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
  • Conduct research in the field of land and water management, farm power and machinery.
  • Strengthen the courses currently offered by the Department to students in other Departments and programmes in the Faculty.
  • Develop relevant graduate and post graduate programmes that embody the demands by stakes holders, driven by same.
  • Strengthen the application of agricultural engineering in solving problems in agriculture in particular, and water utilization in general.