14 Jun, 2018

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Luanar Vice Chancellor, Professor Kanyama Phiri presenting at the forum
Vice Chancellor of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) has said LUANAR remains competitive and relevant in the agriculture industry in Malawi. Professor Kanyama Phiri said this on Monday, 11th of June at the 2018 Malawi Investment Forum in Lilongwe of which LUANAR participated.

Professor Kanyama Phiri, who was one of the panellists during a discussion at the forum, said LUANAR continues to be relevant and competent in the Agriculture & Agro-processing sector by offering programmes that provide expertise in different fields of the agriculture industry, from the farm to the market.

The Vice chancellor said Bunda College started with only one degree programme and one faculty when it was under the University of Malawi, (UNIMA). After its delinking from UNIMA, LUANAR has over the years revised its curriculum to match the current needs of the industry.

“We continue to be relevant in a sense that we have adapted our curriculum to match the current trends. For instance, we have bachelors and master’s degree programmes in agribusiness management. The graduates of these programmes are employed within the Ministry of Agriculture and beyond,” said Prof. Kanyama Phiri.

Apart from these programmes, the University has also introduced climate smart agriculture programme that will help in addressing the challenges caused by climate change. The programme will soon be rolled out at LUANAR NRC Campus.

“We have also adapted to the changes in climate. At NRC Campus for example, we just introduced a certificate in climate smart agriculture. This is to response to the dynamic changes and the unpredictability of the climate. This also is a transformation.” He added.

Prof. Kanyama Phiri said LUANAR has become a centre of excellence such that it has been awarded two major projects by World Bank, one in skills development and the other in aquaculture and fisheries science.

“We have indeed become a centreCentre of Eexcellence. So far we have won two major World Bank projects, one in skills development which has assisted us to increase access to higher education having put Open and Distance Learning (ODL) centres in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre.

“At the same time, we have excelled in aquaculture. We have the state of the art facilities in Africa and that’s why we have the centre of excellence in aquaculture and fisheries science. We are producing graduates in all these and some of them have found their way within the region. Zambia for example is doing very well in aquaculture because of our products” He said.

LUANAR exhibited at the forum which run for two days, on11th and 12th June 2018, at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, and aimed providing a networking platform for investors to invest in Malawi in different sectors.

Organised by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MoITT) and the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC), the two day event focused on five sectors, namely: Agriculture & Agro-processing; Energy; Transport & Infrastructure; Tourism and Manufacturing.