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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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