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Horticulture Department 

Horticulture Department at the College of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sulaimani contributes to teaching and research to improving horticulture crop production (such as fruits and vegetables) for the benefit of farmers and consumers. Horticulture Department is located in Sulaymaniyah province that semi-arid climate with hot dry summers & cold wet winters and the facilities at our department provide opportunities for research with various crops continuously throughout the year. Our department conduct pioneering research in Fruit & Vegetable production, plant biotechnology, postharvest, plant pests management, landscape design and other related fields. Our department offers a high quality education for undergraduate and graduate (Graduate diploma, MSc., PhD) students to equip them with the skills needed to be successful in their future careers. 

In the beginning, the number of academic staff in this department was only 9 members, but now there are over 50. Postgraduate studies in the Department began in 1997-1998 and continued up to now. Many Ph.D. and  M.Sc. degrees were taken from the Department, some of them are experiencing their careers in Bakrajo Agriculture Technical Institute, Halabja Agricultural Technical College and the Agriculture College in the University of Kirkuk. Nowadays,  many M.Sc.  students are continuing the studies in the Department.
After reopening of Sulaimani University in November 15th, 1992, planning to the reestablishment of Horticulture Department as one of the important departments in the College of Agriculture was completed and the Department of Horticulture was starting to accept the first session of students in the academic year 1993-1994. The Horticulture Department has been reopened as this department is of special importance for Kurdistan Region generally and in Sulaimani governorate in particular. The region is known to have a suitable environment for the production of horticultural yields and there are too many fruits and vegetables orchards and projects. Also, the area is of great importance for the purpose of tourism. Department of Horticulture has been re-established in order to graduate experts in the area of fruit, vegetable as well as ornamental plants.

In addition, 690 undergraduate students (288 male and 402 female) graduated in the department and obtained BSc. degree in Horticulture Science.