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Jan
20

Renewable Energy Project [BUAN Enterprises (Pty) Ltd Agrivoltaic Project] Project at the University Main Entrance Farm

The Renewable Energy project which has been presented to the Staff members in different forums commenced construction in December 2021. Preceding the construction was all other regulatory requirements compliance which include but not limited to; Environmental Management Plan, Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) requirements and Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority approvals. Concurrently the project went through several governance processes of the University. In more detail, the project is a 1Megawatt solar project which will power the University during daytime. The electricity bill of the University is expected to reduce by more than 50% over the years as the tariffs rapidly rise. At initial stages there will be excess power produced and it will be pumped back into the BPC grid for an already agreed rate. The term Agrivoltaic is a combination of agriculture and voltage. Under the solar panels, BUAN Enterprises will farm horticultural products to maximise the usage of land. The panels will reduce moisture loss from the ground and protect crops during very hot summer days. The panels will have control motors which enable them to follow the movement of the sun. This project was funded and carried out with the private sector with private funds of up to BWP15,000,000 raised from international funders. BUAN enterprises (Pty) Ltd and its Technical Partner, MarketVest (Pty) Ltd combined and worked very hard to make this project a reality. The Partners formed a Special Purpose Vehicle named AGRIVOLT BE (Pty) Ltd for purposes of implementing this project. This is a prototype project for BUAN Enterprises (Pty) Ltd which will showcase the agrivoltaic technology. Farmers, institutions, mines etc are expected to be future customers of BUAN Enterprises for customised solar solutions. Panels will be installed in February 2022 commissioning is expected to be between March and April 2022. BUAN ENTERPRISES WILL HAVE THE BIGGEST AGRIVOLTAIC PROJECT IN AFRICA AND IT WILL BE OPEN FOR RESEARCH TO THE BUAN COMMUNITY. Watch the space for more updates. For more information on the project, kindly contact Business Development Director, Mr K.B. Pifelo @3650725

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Oct
15

Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) inaugurates its Chancellor and Vice Chancellor

The Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN), Council, Management, Staff and Student community would like to congratulate His Honour the Vice President of the Republic of Botswana, Mr Slumber Tsogwane, as Chancellor, and Dr. Jasper Rees as the first Vice Chancellor of the University, for their official inauguration. The ceremony, which was commemorated on 15th October 2021, marks a tremendous milestone for the University, and closure in the transformation process which began in 2016. As a community, we are confident that the duo will lead BUAN to new and greater heights.

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Jul
31

Support a farmer, feed the nation initiative

   “For many people farming is a hobby, but we are here to drive it as a business and to feed the nation, but to do that, we need to drive the business principles into agriculture, to drive productivity and quality for a full value chain.” said Dr Jasper Rees, BUAN Vice Chancellor in his welcome remarks during the 'Support a farmer, feed the nation' initiative on the 30th July 2021. “The demand for food security during the COVID-19 pandemic has created pressure for Batswana to ensure that we have sufficient food to feed everyone,” said African Agriculture spokesperson. That is why the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, African Agriculture and Business Botswana formed a partnership to embark on 'Support a farmer feed, the nation' initiative. It is through this initiative that the trio will cultivate a commercially viable agriculture that promotes the country’s self-reliance. BUAN has been in partnership with African Agriculture to produce rice on dry land.   This project was a first of its kind in Botswana and Southern Africa as an effort to ensure food security.  It is through such collaborations that efforts are made in linking businesses, as well as an opportunity for BUAN graduates to become effective partners within the industry.   Present in this event were, the Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security- Honorable Karabo Gare, Business Botswana President, Business Botswana CEO, African Agriculture, BUAN delegates and farmers who showcased their products and service. The event was a success and Incuhive graduates managed to sells their products and shared knowledge with the invited guests.

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Jan
01

SEZA BUAN MOU SIGNING

On the 11th of November 2021 Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Special Economic Zones Authority signed Memorandum of Understanding after a year and half of deliberations on what can be done to take the Agriculture sector to greater heights. The two parties will work together in aligning training programmes to develop vocational and technical skills for the Special Economic Zones Investors, promoting research and innovation to support each other’s initiatives. They will also identify and refer investors and developers, provide technical due diligence support of SEZ investor proposals. The duo will identify relevant partners to enhance the value of the two institutions. Identify and implement socio – economic projects of mutual benefit. Where permissible, they will utilize either Participants’ facilities. Refer BUAN students for attachments or employment by SEZA or the SEZ investors. Furthermore, they shall share meaningful and value adding information

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Jan
01

Botswana University Agriculture and Natural Resources and African Agriculture launch the first YTO BHERO tractor in Botswana assembled by BUAN students

In their continued efforts to give back to the agriculture education sector, African Agriculture donated tractor parts to the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) engineering department to give the students an opportunity to be the first engineers to assemble the first YTO BHERO tractor supplied by African Agriculture.     Officiating the event His Excellency the  President of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi said that, “The launch of the tractor is a huge milestone in the era where Botswana is warming up to the idea of revamping agriculture mechanization and that when he was told that BUAN students assembled a tractor he felt an obligation to come and appreciate the job well done.     “African Agriculture engaged BUAN students to be the first tractor assemblers; this will leave a footprint in the University as wells as in the country. BUAN students will gain adequate hands on experience and attain the necessary knowledge base, from the partnership between BUAN and African Agriculture. BUAN is the first agricultural university, it has to fulfil and live up to its mandate of feeding Batswana.” said Mr Obakeng Letsema, African Agriculture’s Workshop Manager, and graduate of BUAN.    In her appreciation remarks, the Honourable Acting Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Ms Beauty Manake, expressed her gratitude towards the students’ contribution towards transforming the economy, through knowledge and skills development. She also thanked the two institutions for their value-add and partnership.  The two have collaborated to conduct researches on various innovative agricultural notions and working together to find ways to build a sustainable agricultural sector for the growth and development of  Botswana.  

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