Ministry donates ICT equipment worth 248.69m/-to training institutions

02Sep 2020
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Ministry donates ICT equipment worth 248.69m/-to training institutions

​​​​​​​MINISTRY of Agriculture has donated information and communication technology (ICT) equipment worth 248.69m/- to public and private agricultural training institutions to facilitate knowledge sharing and keeping the institutions with up-to-date practice.

Speaking at the event to hand over the donation, the  Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Gerald Kusaya said a survey into some 11 public agricultural institutes in the country revealed a massive shortage of current books with the existing volumes being outdated.

“The ministry resolved to help address this challenge and today I am pleased to distribute these equipment that will help improve teaching and subsequently, service offered by our extension officers,” he said.

In Tanzania, there are 11 public agricultural institutions and 14 private-owned institutions. The PS noted that the idea for donating information and communication technology gadgets to both public and private institution is to help maintain the spirit of togetherness.

He insisted that most graduates in both institutions end up being hired by the government.

 “This is why we want to support both institutions,” he said.

The equipment donated will help institutions establish e-labs that could be easily accessed by both institutions.

According to Kusaya, the equipment being offered is the only part of a large plan that seek to transform the agricultural training institutions to become more digitalised. They included a TV set, laptops, desktops, routers, projectors and mattress.

Mlingano Agricultural Training Institute Rector, Samson Cheyo and Aloyce Kasimili, Principal at the National Sugar Training Institute acknowledged that the institutions face serious challenges and that the equipment will improve the teaching and learning process.

“We have a serious shortage of teaching books. This donation will connect all agricultural institutions to share the same materials,” said Kasimili, adding that the process will revolutionise the agricultural sector in the country.

The principals promised to maintain the equipment to help improve knowledge sharing for much more youth planning to join the professional to further their interests.