SAIAE & PASAE International Symposium 2024

The culmination of 60 years of Agricultural Engineering
excellence with SAIAE!

23 – 25 October 2024

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What is agricultural engineering?


Agricultural Engineering is also known as Bioresources Engineering is the application of engineering principles to agriculture and other bio-based industries. It integrates scientific principles and engineering practice to solve practical problems in the production and processing of bio-based products such as food, feed, fiber, and fuels. Agricultural Engineering connects the living world of plants, soil, water, and animals with the technology of engineering. i.e. systems, structures, and machines.

The Discipline of Agricultural Engineering

The Institute

We are a voluntary association registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for Agricultural Engineers, Technicians and Technologists.

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Agricultural Engineering is a

Critical Skill

Agricultural Engineering is an identified critical skill in South Africa in relation to application for a Critical Skills Visa or Permanent Residence. Many non-South African agricultural engineers approach the institute.

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The new type of engineer

Our History

A small group of agricultural engineers who completed their studies since the thirties during the previous century at the University of Pretoria, were spread all over South Africa.

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Agricultural Engineering Degree


The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is currently the only university in South Africa to offer an Agricultural Engineering degree. This degree is offered by the School of Bioresources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology (BEEH)

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Our Partners in Agricultural Engineering