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Government for well-trained workforce in agriculture

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has said it is only competent and well-trained personnel that can help farmers improve productivity through the use of good agriculture practices.

Speaking during the graduation of 112 students in agriculture programme at Kasungu-based Mwimba College of Agriculture (Mwica), Agriculture Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha said, for the country to meet its food production targets, competent frontline workers are needed.

“Having well-trained frontline staff providing essential and training services to our farmers in modern technology is not an option; it is a necessity which is the only sure way we can develop the agriculture sector,” Mwanamvekha said.

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He advised the 112 students to also think about establishing their own farms to help the country produce more for consumption and the market.

Agricultural Research and Extension Trust (Aret) Chief Executive Officer, Andy Khumbanyiwa, said the college is aimed at providing practical agriculture skills to the students.

“We believe the graduating students have acquired adequate knowledge, skills, discipline , resilience and versatility to enable them to excel in the real world,” Khumbanyiwa said.

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Mwica, which is under Aret management, started operating in 2001 with a focus on tobacco production but now focuses on general areas in agriculture.

The college offers skills and knowledge in tobacco production, agribusiness, irrigation, water resource management and livestock management among others.

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