Fresh graduates from the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) have been urged to be brave and establish start-up businesses to penetrate the industry.
This came out during the fourth congregation of the University in Lilongwe on Thursday where 1,328 students graduated.
In an interview at the sidelines, Chief Education Officer Responsible for Higher Education in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Rose Kalizang’oma, said the economy does not have capacity to absorb all graduates.
She said they should instead create job opportunities for others by setting up sustainable businesses.
“The environment might be tough out there but it depends on what type of business they want to start,” Kalizang’oma said.
Luanar Vice Chancellor, George Kanyama Phiri, said the students were already equipped with entrepreneurial skills.
“We have transformed our curriculum so that they have business culture in them, if they cannot find a job they should create one and employ themselves and others,” Phiri said.
One of the graduates, Mariam Tambala, said she is ready to implement the skills acquired.
Tambala however said access to stable capital remains a challenge especially among budding entrepreneurs.
“We have the knowledge to establish businesses and run them successfully. We also have good ideas on establishing new businesses in the industry,” Tambala said.