Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yeungnam University of South Korea to facilitate the use of new tactics in agriculture and rural development which has been used by South Korea to attain big development as it is today.
Speaking during the event which was held on Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, SUA Vice Chancellor Prof. Raphael Chibunda said this opportunity will increase experts on agriculture sector who will be used to train farmers.
"Yeungnam University has contributed a lot to improve Korean Economy from a poor country in 80's and transformed into a developed one that donates to the world" Prof. Chibunda said.
He said SUA and Yeungnam has agreed on many issues but the major one is to establish an agriculture training centre to train farmers on rural development where SUA will provide land for the centre.
"This agreement goes parallel with SUA strategic plan which aims at changing the tradition of Academicians and students into an era where SUA will work for all Tanzanian especially farmers, pastoralist and Fish keepers. The Centre will do research; teach farmers and transfer various technologies in order to reach farmers in a simpler way. Prof. Chibunda added.
Prof. Chibunda insisted that the importance of the Centre is to empower the University to fulfil this important obligation and also to honor the President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E Dr. John Pombe Magufuli's slogan of making Tanzania an industrial country as it depends much on Agriculture sector.
“As the only Agriculture University in the country we have been given a special mandate by the government and Tanzanians to make sure that we are involved in these major changes the country is going through" Prof. Chibunda said.
Yeungnam University Vice President Dr. Changdeog Huh said that at Yeungnam University there is a lot of Tanzanian who have asked him in many occasions to visit Tanzania and therefore he has finally decided to come to Tanzania especially SUA.
"This is my first time to visit Tanzania and the major aim is to establish cooperation between our two universities in order to bring development for Tanzania." said Dr. Huh.
He added that his presence here will help to identify areas where Yeungnam University and SUA can establish projects.
"Education is key to development therefore we have offered sponsorship to students from Tanzania to learn various methods which we use in our country and we are sure will work well in Tanzanian environment"