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Lazarus Chakwera challenges Luanar graduates on innovation

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President Lazarus Chakwera has announced that government will construct a state-of-the-art resource centre at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) in 2023.

He has since challenged students at the university to invest in innovative farming ventures to contribute to Malawi’s development quest.

Chakwera was speaking on Friday during a 6th graduation ceremony of students from the college where 439 students have graduated with PhDs, degrees and diplomas.

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“The resource centre will have incubation hubs, state-of-the-art laboratories and food processing equipment with help from the World Bank,” Chakwera said.

The President said time has come for Malawi to move away from small ways of farming to substantial farming because it is the only way for the country to successfully curb hunger.

Chakwera called upon the graduates to embark on innovative farming ventures that can meaningfully contribute to national development.

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He told the graduates that the nation needs people who must be willing to respond with action to various ills affecting Malawians.

Chakwera emphasised on the need for institutions of higher learning to mentor highly-motivated professionals who can bring desirable change to the nation.

Luanar Vice Chancellor, Emmanuel Kaunda, said the wish of the university is to help Malawi achieve its dream of becoming a country with people who are self-reliant by 2063.

“We are happy to hold this graduation when we are celebrating the 10th anniversary after the merging of the Bunda College of Agriculture and the Natural Resources College. With the various studies that the university is investing in, Malawi can achieve a lot,” Kaunda said.

He disclosed that the university has put aside K1 billion kwacha for members of staff to invest in various research projects.

Kaunda said the university remains committed to ensuring that Malawi achieves her wealth creation and transformation agenda come 2063.

“Luanar will be the first university in Malawi to own a first mega farm that will be producing food all-year round,” Kaunda said

He disclosed that 13,000 students have graduated from the university in the past 10 years.

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