The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has promised to grant Tshs. 750 million to Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) through Education and Skills for Productive Jobs programme (ESPJ) to rehabilitate various practical learning workshops especially those in agricultural engineering.
While opening the Sokoine Memorial Week, Dr. Leonard Akwilapo said that SUA has made significant contributions on the transformation of the country’s agricultural sector from subsistence farming towards modernization and commercialization. He added that the rehabilitation aims at commemorating the Late Edward Moringe Sokoine.
“In this historical day, the Government, through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, will support SUA by making major rehabilitation on practical learning workshops so as to make the workshops resemble like the owner of the name of the University, the Late Sokoine.” Dr. Akwilapo said.
He added further that the theme of this year’s commemoration aligns well with the current plans of the Fifth Phase Government especially the three concepts including Agricultural Productivity, Industrial Innovation and Tanzania’s Development. Hence, he called for all academicians not only to assess outcomes of this year’s commemoration but also to organize scientific dialogues so as to come up with better plans for the future prospect of the nation.
“SUA has been organizing such events as part of commemorating the Late Edward Moringe Sokoine so as to advance things he did and make his vision alive for the national development.” Prof. Chibunda said.
In addition to the exhibition of SUA’s works and technology, Prof. Chibunda said there would also be a National Dialogue on Friday 12th April, 2019 and assured that the ideas obtained from the dialogue would be carefully edited and published in the special edition of the scientific magazine.
It should be noted that in May 7, 2019, the president of the United Republic of Tanzania His Exellence Dr. John Pombe Magufuli visited SUA and granted 10 tractors for students’ practical learning and the entire community. So, the arrival of the General Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the promise he made shows that the Fifth Phase Government’s commitment to implement the 2013 Agriculture Policy that aims to make the agricultural sector become an efficient, competitive and profitable agricultural industry that contributes to the improvement of the livelihoods of Tanzanians and attainment of broad based economic growth and poverty alleviation.
Story by Mariam Mwayela,
Department of Communication and Marketing,
Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA).