The Scientific Industrial Research Development Centre (SIRDC) got a major boost after receiving US$37 000 and equipment worth thousands of dollars from the South Korean government.

South Korea pledged its commitment to continue funding its projects between Kopia and SIRDC to make sure that agriculture becomes a success in Zimbabwe through sharing of scientific technologies.

“Bilateral relations between the two countries should continue through supporting each other in all sectors of the economy. Our relations will be cemented by sharing experience in scientific research,” South Korean Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Cho Jaichel said while addressing members of the two partners in Harare.

SIRDC Interim CEO, Professor Robson Mafoti accepted the US$37 000 and equipment, saying it will go a long way in improving their research technologies.

“This is the journey that began in 2010 which we are cherishing today as Kopia put together projects that have an impact to the community,” he said.

SIRDC Executive Director – Technical, Dr Leonard Madzingaidzo also said the livelihoods of the small holder farmers will be greatly improved following the donations.

“This will improve the production of small grains in the country as we are to channel the money towards more research programmes,” he said.

Kopia Zimbabwe Director, Dr Kee Jong Kim highlighted that their projects are progressing well and are happy to work with Zimbabwe.

“We are currently running three projects which will end in 2019,” he added.

Equipment donated include a milling machine, bulk harvester, brooder, incubator, generator and a thresher, and some of the projects are set to end by next year.