News Date : 06 April, 2023
Wheat project and BUAN Collaboration wins National Research Excellence Award
BUAN former PhD student was awarded a prestigiousprice in the first Botswana National Research Excellence Awards, under AGRICULTURE category, in a glamorous event held at GICC on the 7th March 2023, administered by Ministry of Communications, Knowledge and Technology. Dr Patrick Kelven Mashiqa has been working on wheat since 2007 to 2022 as a Principal Scientific Officer at Ministry of Agriculture, collaborating with BUAN under the supervision of Professor Samodimo Ngwako and Professor Florah Pule-Maulenberg. He obtained his MSc and PhD in Crop Science through wheat. Dr Mashiqa’s topic was titled ‘Evaluation of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes for adaptation to Botswana’. The overall aim of the project was to investigate on agronomic and physiological aspects of wheat genotypes and come up with those that do well in Botswana climate to release them as varieties for our Country in order to contribute to food security.
This award reflects strongly on BUAN research, and it resonates well with our vision of being an innovative and research-intensive University. We congratulate Dr Mashiqa and his Professors for the achievement.