Zimbabwe: Govt to Complete Shamva Agriculture College

Mashonaland Central Bureau

Government will avail resources to complete construction of Shamva Agriculture College at Penmure Research Station in Shamva, Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Dr Anxious Masuka has revealed.

The college has been renting premises from SOS Engineering campus since its inception in 2011.

Dr Masuka, who was officiating at the college’s 8th graduation ceremony last week, expressed concern over poor staff accommodation, inadequacy of farm machinery and shortage of aids for students training.

He said construction of the college was an urgent matter, before commending support from the private sector in the construction of the new premises.

Belcen Investments offered to build some hostels for the college at its Penmure site.

The college offers a Diploma in Agriculture and short courses to improve food security and contribute to the country’s vision of an upper middle-income economy by 2030.

Inmates from the Zimbabwe Correctional and Prison Services were among graduates at Shamva College of Agriculture as the college offers them skills and hope for business opportunities after their release from prison.

Dr Masuka commended the college for the rehabilitation role it was playing, which reduced stigma faced by inmates in communities after their release.