Department of Biotechnology & Food Technology
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"Biotechnology" refers to the use of living organisms or their products to modify or improve human health, and the human environment, by creating products or to do tasks for human beings.
Plants, animals and even micro-organisms like bacteria are used to produce some benefit to mankind. In the medicine and agriculture field industry, biotechnology helps in producing foods, test for diseases and to remove waste. Biotechnology can also be used to solve problems and to help in research.
The earliest biotechnologists were farmers who developed improved species of plants and animals by cross pollenization or cross breeding. In recent years, biotechnology has expanded in sophistication, scope, and applicability.
Almost every aspect of human life is touched by biotechnology. We continue to look for ways to improve our health, increase food production with an eye to feeding the poor in less industrialized countries, and clean up our environment.
Careers in Biotechnology
There are many career possibilities in Biotechnology ranging from Agriculture and wildlife, Bioscience communication, Business, Engineering disciplines, Medicine etc. Click here to see the list of other possible careers in Biotechnology as well
The Food Industry employs approximately 1 500 000 people. It is the second largest employer in South Africa, and has an annual turnover in excess of R20 billion.
Food Technology deals with science and technology of processing and manufacturing food products from raw materials for local and international markets. It is the application of food science to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe, nutritious, and wholesome food. The learner obtains a sound knowledge of: Food technology; Microbiology and Biochemistry.
Careers in Food Technology
Food Technologists with possibilities in food production, quality control, quality assurance, processing, development of new products and research.