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Crop Science Department





After the re-opening Sulaimani University in 1992, the College of Agricultural Sciences (previously named College of Agriculture) was one of the first Colleges that swung open its doors for students on November 15th, 1992. There were several reasons behind the decision of reopening the College of Agriculture first. Kurdistan Region is basically an agricultural country with a vast area of arable land and adequate water resources. More than 50% of its population works in agriculture. Cattle breeding and farming have always been an important sector of the region's national product, given political stability, Kurdistan is capable of producing enough food to assure the food security of the region; therefore, training specialists in all fields of agriculture is of vital importance for the region. 


Out of 983000 hectares of land in Sulaimani Governorate, approximately 306000 hectares (31.2%) are cultivated with strategic crop plants such as wheat, barley, chickpeas, lentil, sunflower, tobacco, cotton, sesame, peanut, rice, and broad bean. The soil of these cultivated lands is of high fertility and organic matter. The climate is suitable for dry farming activities annually during October-June due to the availability of adequate precipitation (more than 750 mm annually). In addition, water resources are available for summer cultivation activities during spring and summer. The daily thermal degree available for crop growth is more than 2600 degrees; total solar radiation is more than 22 Mega Jules M-² Day-¹.


     Since its establishment, the Field Crops Department is involved in conducting research to improve the crop productivities in Sulaimani Region. Research activities extend to the introduction of new germ plasms, improving cultural practices, crop fertilization, practicing intercropping, pasture land survey and improvement, and the introduction of new crops. Moreover, the Department also incorporated in postgraduate studies, i.e.  High Diploma, M.Sc. & Ph.D. programs in the improvement of crop productivities, crop physiology, crop breeding and plant phytochemistry, however, the four years B.Sc. study is involved in the qualifying graduate as an Agricultural Engineer in crop science.


About the Department:


The Department of Crop Science is the oldest Department in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Currently being the largest Department both in terms of number of programs and student population. At this time, the academic staff of the Department is comprised of (51) members, including (2) Professors, (11) Assistant Professors, (15) Lecturers, (20) Assistant lecturers and (3) M.Sc. holders. Concerning the higher education study, since the reopening in 1992 Crop Science Department gave (31) Ph.D. Degree and (77) M.Sc. Degree and (7) Diploma Degree in the different area of Crop Science and has (5) Ph.D. and (1) M.Sc. Students aboard.




Scientific Promotion 


 
Professor

Assistant Professor

 
Lecturer

Assistant Lecturer 
 
M.Sc. Holders
 2 9 with Ph.D. Degree 7 with Ph.D. Degree20 3
  2 with M.Sc. Degree 8 with M.Sc. Degree  
 2 11 15 20 3



Head of the Department Speech (Mission and Vision):


Crop Science Department: Studies at the Crop Science Department are related to the crop improvement throughout the fields of plant biotechnology & molecular genetics, plant breeding, plant physiology, plant tissue culture, investigating plant secondary products and biological weed control. Agronomic researches by the Department staff are being carried out in the College fields in Bakrajo and Qlyasan.


Mission


The mission of the Department of Crop Science at the University of Sulaimani is to generate, integrate and apply the knowledge about crop plants that are grown for food, feed and the general benefit of humankind. It can be achieved through the integration of teaching, research and extension/outreach efforts. We try to find and disseminate answers to problems and discover opportunities concerning the efficiency and sustainability of production, especially in the coming uncertain environment, in addition to improve the product quality. We work to ensure that agricultural systems and products in Kurdistan region are able to meet the steadily demand of food due to the population increase and assuring the food security of Kurdistan Region for the next generations.


Vision


To be in the future the Kurdistan's region top College in Agricultural Sciences to drive the economy situation in  Sulaimani Governorate,  being the important supplier for the sustain and healthy food. Indeed, our vision is to establish national gene bank for the whole crops’ germplasm and to set up the top Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory in the College, equipped with all tools and instruments required. We also plan to update the studying programs of all undergraduate courses related to our Department to be more comparable with other Crop Science partners in the developed countries.




 Teaching Staff of Crop Science Department (2017/2018)



No.



Name


Scientific Promotion


Specialty


Position


1



Dr. Dana Azad Abdulkhaleq


Assistant Professor


Plant Breeding and Genetics


Head of the Department


2



Dr. Rozhgar Mustafa Ahmad


Lecturer


Medicinal Plant Production


Rapporteur of the Department


3



Dr. Sherwan Ismail Tawfiq


Professor


Plant Breeding and Genetics

 


4



Dr. Abdulsalam Abdulrahman Rasoul


Professor


Phytochemistry and Medicinal Plants



5



Muhamad Najib Khasraw


Assistant Professor


Weed Control

 


6



Dr. Aram Abbas Muhamad


Assistant Professor


Crop Physiology

 


7



Dr. Emad Mahmud Ghalib


Assistant Professor


Cereals Pathology



8



Dr. Mohammad Tofiq Mohammad


Assistant Professor


Plant Breeding



9



Omer Karim Aziz


Assistant Professor


Tobacco Crop Production

 


10



Dr. Nariman Salih Ahmad


Assistant Professor


Molecular Genetics and Plant Breeding

 


11



Dr. Shara Jalal Hama


Assistant Professor


Industrial Crops

 


12



Dr. Jwan Ghareeb Refat


Assistant Professor


Range Management

 


13



Dr. Saman Abdulrahman Ahmad


Assistant Professor


Plant Systematic and Biodiversity

 


14



Dr. Sanaria Rafiq Muhamad


Assistant Professor


Forage Crops and Range Management

 


15



Dr. Shang Hassib Abdulqadir


Lecturer


Cereal Crops

 


16



Dr. Muhamad Amin Ali


Lecturer


Salinity and Draught Management

 


17



Dr. Sherin Jalal Muhamad


Lecturer


Plant Physiology

 


18



Dr. Kamil Mahmud Mustafa


Lecturer


Plant Breeding and Genetics

 


19



Taban Najmaddin Hama Amin


Lecturer


Plant Breeding and Genetics


Ph.D. Student


20



Hikmat Nuri Mahmud


Lecturer


Industrial Crops


Ph.D. Student


21



Dr. Emad Omer Hama Ali


Lecturer


Molecular Genetics and Molecular  Markers

 


22



Runak Ahmad Hussien


Lecturer


Industrial Crops

 


23



Hero Fatih Hama Karim


Lecturer


Plant Molecular Genetic

 


24



Bekhal Mustafa Hama Hassan


Lecturer


Crop Production


Ph.D. Student


25



Bestun Omer Hama Amin


Lecturer


Plant Breeding and Genetics

 


26



Kazhal Rashid Ahmad


Lecturer


Cereal Crop Production

 


27



Fawzy Fayzulla Khurshid


Lecturer


Agricultural Mechanization


Ph.D. Student


28



Dr. Rubar Hussain Muhammad


Lecturer


Plant Taxonomy and Cytological Technology


29



Kawa Faysal Mustafa


Assistant Lecturer


Technology of Control


Ph.D. Student


30



Maki Muhamad Ahmad


Assistant Lecturer


Cereal Production

 


31



Almas Jalal Muhamad


Assistant Lecturer


Medicinal Plants

 


32



Suad Muhamad Shekh Abdulla


Assistant Lecturer


Plant Breeding and Genetics

 


33



Shwana Ahmad Hussien


Assistant Lecturer


Crop Physiology

 


34



Sarkawt Hama Salih Ali


Assistant Lecturer


Industrial Crops

 


35



Karzan Ezaddin Abdulla


Assistant Lecturer


Medicinal Plants

 


36



Dayan Majid Ibrahim


Assistant Lecturer


Crop Production

 


37



Shelan Mahmud Ahmad


Assistant Lecturer


Crop Physiology

 


38



Solav Adnan Mahmud


Assistant Lecturer


Industrial Crops



39



Dastan Ahmad Ahmad


Assistant Lecturer


Plant Breeding



40



Ashti Sleman Abdulla


Assistant Lecturer


Medicinal Plants



41



Shno Osman Sofi


Assistant Lecturer


Cereal Production



42



Shangin Hama Salih Nadir


Assistant Lecturer


Weed Control



43



Shokhan Mahmud Sleman


Assistant Lecturer


Crop Improvement



44



Rezhin Gharib Nuri


Assistant Lecturer


Environmental Technology



45



Dzhwar Dhahir Latif


Assistant Lecturer


Plant Genetic and Improvement Crop



46



Shaee Adeb Gharib


Assistant Lecturer


Field Crop Production



47



Bestun Ali Abdulla


Assistant Lecturer


Legume Crops Production



48



Sayran Sardar Hasan


Assistant Lecturer


Cereal Technology

 


49



Tara Omer Muhammad


M.Sc. Holder


Range Management

 


50



Mehraban Sharif Maeruf


M.Sc. Holder


Plant Biotechnology

 


51



Parez  Ahmad Taha


M.Sc. Holder


Weed Control

 



Program Credit for undergraduate study:

The following Tables show the details of programs units for undergraduate study of the Crop Science Department. The Credits for four years of B.Sc. Degree are (141) in total.


 First Year: First Semester



No.

Subjects

Hrs./week


Credit

Theoretical

Practical

1

General Botany

2

3

3

2

Analytical Chemistry

2

3

3

3

Principles of Soil Science

2

3

3

4

Computer Application / 1

1

3

2

5

English Language / 1

2

-

2

6

Academic Debate / 1

2

-

Annual system

Total Semester Credit

13


 First Year: Second Semester



No.

                                     Subjects


Hrs./week


Credit

Theoretical

Practical

1

Academic Debate/ 2

2

-

4

2

Principle of Horticulture

2

3

3

3

AutoCAD

1

2

2

4

Kurdology

2

-

2

5

Computer Application / 2

1

3

2

6

English Language / 2

2

-

2

7

Mathematics

2

-

2

Total Semester Credit

17

First Year Total Credit

30


Second Year: First Semester



No.


Subjects


Hrs./week


Credit

Theoretical

Practical

1

Principle of Field Crops

2

3

3

2

Agricultural Machinery

2

3

3

3

Agroecology

2

3

3

4

Farming System and Sustainable Agriculture

2

-

2

5

Organic Chemistry

2

3

3

6

Land Surveying and Leveling

2

3

3

7

Remote Sensing  and GIS

2

3

3

Total Semester Credit

20


Second Year: Second Semester



No.


Subjects


Hrs./week


Credit

Theoretical

Practical

1

Plant Biochemistry

2

3

3

2

Microbiology

2

3

3

3

General Plant Diseases

2

3

3

4

Plant Taxonomy

2

3

3

5

Crop Equipment Mechanization

2

3

3

6

Forage Crops

2

3

3

Total Semester Credit

18

Second Year Total Credit

38


Third Year: First Semester



No.



Subjects

Hrs./week


Credit

Theoretical

Practical

1

Industrial Crops / 1

2

3

3

2

Plant Physiology

2

3

3

3

Crop Insects

2

3

3

4

Irrigation Engineering

2

3

3

5

Genetics

2

3

3

6

Agribusiness

2

-

2

7

Agricultural Projects / 1

-

3

Annual System

Total Semester Credit

17


 Third Year: Second Semester



No.



Subject

Hrs./week


Credit

Theoretical

Practical

1

Industrial Crops / 2

2

3

3

2

Crops Diseases

2

3

3

3

Statistics

2

3

3

4

Fertilizers and Soil Fertility

2

3

3

5

Grain Legumes

2

3

3

6

Tobacco Production and Technology

2

3

3

7

Agricultural Projects / 2

-

3

2

8

Summer Training

-

-

1

Total Semester Credit

21

Third Year Total Credit

38


Fourth Year: First Semester



No.



Subject

Hrs./week


Credit

Theoretical

Practical

1

Experimental Design  and Analysis

2

3

3

2

Plant Biotechnology

2

3

3

3

Cereal Crops

2

3

3

4

 Seed Technology

2

3

3

5

Organic Farming

2

3

3

6

Dryland Farming

2

-

2

7

Graduate Research Methods

2

-

Annual system

Total Semester Credit

17


Fourth Year: Second Semester



No.



Subject

Hrs./week


Credit

Theoretical

Practical

1

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

2

3

3

2

Range Management

2

3

3

3

Weeds  and Weed Control

2

3

3

4

Plant Breeding

2

3

3

5

Agricultural Meteorology

2

3

3

6

Graduate Research Project

-

3

3

Total Semester Credit

18

Fourth Year Total Credit

35

Grand Total Credit

141