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    GZU opens Sugarcane Campus next week



    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – The Great Zimbabwe University Sugarcane Campus that will issue certificates on sugarcane agriculture will be opened in Chiredzi on Thursday next week.
    Politicians were urged to support developmental initiatives such as the opening of the campus.
    Speaking during Zimbabwe Sugarcane Development Association (ZSDA) Annual General meeting at Polocross in Hippo Valley last week, GZU lecturer Professor Munashe Shoko said the new campus is an initiative of ZSDA but political leadership in the province should give their support to the initiative since it will bring development to the whole province.
    He said the University is not for people of Chiredzi only but for the whole nation and so far 62 people have applied for the certificate in sugarcane agriculture course which will start on February 2, 2016.
    "The initiative to open a campus here was brought to us by ZSDA but that does not mean it belongs to ZSDA. If an initiative is spearheaded by an individual, political leaders must support the initiative like what other provinces do.
    "Here politicians tend to shy away. Don't look at the person who started the idea. We are starting with 62 candidates who applied and of that number 18 are from Harare. We hope to get support from government and our students should be given priority in either giving them sugarcane fields or employment in the sugar industry" said Shoko.
    Professor Shoko said he will be leading the sugarcane campus and the University had already employed highly skilled lecturers to teach the farmers.
    ZSDA Chairman Edmore Veterai said his association will support the campus and promised that many farmers will join training which is set to increase knowledge.news

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