Gambia: MoHERST to build TVET center for agro-industry

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The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) has unveiled plans for the construction of a Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) Center for Agribusiness to boost the agriculture in Sapu and to promote efficient agriculture in the strategic area.

Minister Pierre Gomez recently reaffirmed that in Sapu there is a TVET center for versatile and different skills, saying that they want to have “agribusiness in Sapu, focusing only on agriculture” .

“You have water 24/7. You can farm all year round. You don’t need a rainy season to farm. Yet we import basic things into this country. What is the essence of education? our schools if we can’t solve this problem,” Minister Gomez said.

Minister Gomez went on to say that this is why the government wants to establish an agribusiness center in Sapu, where people can be trained in skills needed from classrooms to the farm.

The Minister of Higher Education added: “We cannot practice agriculture in an office or in the four corners of the classroom. It should go beyond that, but the commercial component of agriculture should be clearly highlighted. The entrepreneurial side of it needs to be clearly captured so that when they graduate from this agricultural school, some will be able to join the Ministry of Agriculture, but all of them will be able to have their own business because it will be agriculture-related activities. »

Professor Gomez continued that such institutions can even produce implements and implements for farmers to help with mechanization.

“They can produce what they eat and they can also sell what they produce. That’s the mindset, because agriculture is an opportunity for the land,” he said.

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