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    GZU to establish agric research centre in Chiredzi




    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI –
    The Great Zimbabwe University (GZU), probably the fastest growing institute of higher learning in the country will soon establish an agricultural research centre in Chiredzi.
    This was said by GZU Vice Chancellor, Prof Rungano Zvobgo during a training programme which the University held for sugarcane farmers at Chiredzi Government School on Thursday last week.
    He said that the centre will carry out research in seeds, soils, climate and all other agricultural-related researches. He said other universities should also do the same for agriculture in the provinces that they operate.
    Prof Zvobgo said chances are high that after the establishment of the centre, more learning services by the University could be decentralized to Chiredzi and this will reduce transport costs for students from that region.
    "It pains to note that farmers in the province are not getting good yields while the University which should assist them in their farming is there. After the establishment of the research centre there is nothing which will stop us from bringing other programs which the University offers to Chiredzi as a measure to reduce transport costs for many students who are travelling to Masvingo from Chiredzi.
    "A research station here is one which is really critical. I know that there are one or two research centers here but because of large number of people who want to attend training programs it is important that us as a university have our own research station. That is one of the things that we are going to start with, to establish a research station so that we can bring in farmers and begin to provide them sound advice on how to improve their yields," said Prof Zvobgo.
    Over 40 sugarcane farmers were given lessons on soil sampling by international award winning GZU lecturer Professor Munashe Shoko. The course included a field visit for practicals and the farmers were given certificates of attendance which will be used as entrance to a certificate in sugarcane farming which will be held later in October. The certificate will also lead to a diploma. The whole courses are aimed at increasing the knowledge to sugarcane farmers on how to increase their yield.
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