Scientists from India Tea Research Association visit NWU Mafikeng Campus

John Nchoe -- Tue, 02/17/2015 - 14:54

Scientists from India Tea Research Association visit NWU Mafikeng Campus

Two scientists from the India Tea Research Association are visiting the North-West University's (NWU's) Mafikeng Campus from 16 February until 1 March 2015. This visit is part of the International Research Collaboration Project funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The project represents one of the 2014 NRF-approved research projects funded through the Indian/South Africa collaborations research programme. The project will focus on assessing the impact of trace metal contamination through fertilizer application on the quality and production of tea.

“This project will not only provide a platform for the training of postgraduate students but will also allow the participation of interested young academics from my department,"  says Prof Funso Kutu from the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology. "A young South African female candidate with a master’s degree in science has been identified and admitted to register for her PhD on this project,” says Prof Kutu.

“The research visit by the two scientists enable us to assess the current status of the project and finalise plans for the immediate implementation of the project in our different institutions. They will also take time off to interact with colleagues from the School of Agricultural Science by sharing their research experience in the field of agricultural chemistry for tea production," he concluded.