Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has received praise from the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Culture and Sports for its work in producing quality professionals through practical training, as well as adding value to agricultural products and production. The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Prof. Kitila Mkumbo, expressed his satisfaction with SUA's implementation of its duties during a recent visit to the University.
Mkumbo congratulated SUA for going beyond its primary roles of providing training, conducting research, and providing professional advice, and for adding value to production. He commended the University for its efforts and urged the government to increase funding for research to enable SUA to do even more in the interest of the nation.
Hon. Dr. Thea Medard Ntara, a Member of Parliament for Universities and Higher Education, also praised SUA and asked the University to continue promoting its work to the public. He also called on the leadership of the University and the Ministry of Education to allocate funds for the improvement of the Tunduru campus so that the community of that region could benefit from various agricultural courses and training programs.
During the visit, SUA's Vice Chancellor, Prof. Raphael Chibunda, expressed his gratitude to the government for providing the University with 73.6 billion shillings through the Higher Education for Economic Transformation Project (HEET). This funding will bring about significant improvements and reforms in the University, including the construction of new buildings, the provision of teaching materials, training for employees, and the acquisition of various machines.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Raphael Chibunda, expressing his gratitude to the government for providing the University with 73.6 billion shillings through the Higher Education for Economic Transformation Project (HEET).
Chibunda also highlighted SUA's leadership in forestry in the entire East African region and all SADC countries, stating that the University produces quality professionals who bring productivity to society and the nation.
The parliamentary committee visited various projects implemented by SUA, including the Aquaculture Unit (Blue Economy), the National Animal Referral Hospital, the training building, and the youth center.
The committee also congratulated Prof. Rudovic Kazwala, the best researcher in Tanzania, for his excellent work and asked the Vice Chancellor of the University to convey their congratulations to him.
Deputy Minister of Education, Science, and Technology, Hon. Omary Kipanga, praised SUA's work and promised to cooperate with the University to enable it to carry out its duties more effectively. Kipanga also promised to allocate funds to improve the Iringa training center under SUA to benefit the people of the region.
Deputy Minister of Education, Science, and Technology, Hon. Omary Kipanga, praising SUA's work.