The construction of Makoni State University of Agriculture and Engineering is expected to transform the economic landscape for the natural rich region of Manicaland.
The handover of farms to the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development for the construction of Makoni State University of Agriculture and Engineering is expected to guarantee value addition of agriculture and timber products in Manicaland province.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira says a new funding model where investors will own shares will be used in the universities operationalisation.
“I call this university 5.0. Makoni State University of Agriculture and Engineering will be a teaching, research, community service, industrialisation, innovation and community service centre. The province has agriculture as well as mineral resources and this is what the university must spearhead in terms of beneficiation as well as value addition,” said Professor Murwira.
The Finance and Economic Development Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa noted that the land reform programme undertaken by government was also predicated on planning for infrastructure such as state universities.
“When we embarked on the land reform programme, we also realised that we needed to have space for state universities as had been done in other provinces. As government, we always plan ahead,” Cde Chinamasa said.
Manicaland Minister of State Cde Monica Mutsvangwa noted that once educational institutions such as the state university become a reality, the ripple effects will be felt all over the country.
“The university will benefit the people of Makoni and the country as a whole because from independence government has been prioritising the education sector,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.
Three farms – Springs, Wakefield B and Howick – were compulsorily acquired for the construction of the university.