SUA establishes new programme on maintenance of agricultural machines

15Aug 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
 SUA establishes new programme on maintenance of agricultural machines

THE Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has established a new course on maintenance of agricultural machines which will be taught to all students enrolled with the university.

The university management resolved to start offering such as course after receiving ten tractors worth 587.5m/- from President John Magufuli.

The tractors will be used to train students so as to increase the number of such experts in the country.

 

SUA Vice Councilor, Prof Raphael Chibunda told journalists that the President had directed the university to ensure that all graduates have enough skills on maintenance of various agricultural machines including tractors.

 

Prof Chibunda said the tractors made ‘Ursus’ will be used to practically train the students. He said the tractors will enable the institution to produce competent experts in the field of agriculture.

He thanked President Magufuli for giving the university 2bn/- for construction of dormitories which will accommodate 700 students. He said the dormitories will be built at SUA’s Mazimbu campus.

 

He said the university will use the tractors for intended purposes since the institution has already prepared a good parking lot for them and that it has got enough experienced experts for maintaining and servicing them.

 

“We have already received the funds; we are now in a process of looking for the contractor to implement the project. The new dormitories will end the current problem where some of our students are forced to stay away from the college”, he said.

 

The Head of Soil and Geological Sciences Department, Dr Baanda Salim said the machines have come at the right time because most of the agricultural machines at the university are old.

Dr Salum called upon Tanzanians to enrol for the course which will also include irrigation skills.

The handover ceremony took place at tractor assembly plant located in Kibaha District, Coast Region last week. The plant is run by the National Development Corporation (NDC). They were assembled by Tanzanian engineers in collaboration with their counterparts from Poland.

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