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

29 Nov, 2021

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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SEZA BUAN MOU SIGNING

11 Nov, 2021

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

15 Oct, 2021

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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CICE

Background The Centre for In-service and Continuing Education (CICE) is the outreach arm of the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN), the former Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA). It was opened in 1995 to extends BCA’s mandate through provision of quality in-service and continuing education in agriculture and natural resources. The CICE designs, develops and delivers training in Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) accredited courses that are market driven. The mode delivery for the courses includes lectures, practical work, demonstration, discussions and excursions with a 30:70 Theory to Practical proportions. The CICE operates with a team of highly qualified, experienced and dedicated staff of Botswana University of Agricultural and Natural Resources (BUAN) academic staff.  Other expertise is sourced locally from the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Food Security, other ministries, parastatals, private organizations and international organizations, as and when necessary.                        Mission Statement The Centre for In-service and Continuing Education (CICE) is the outreach department of the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources with responsibilities to: Promote, co-ordinate and deliver short-term courses in Agriculture and related fields; Produce, develop, publish and disseminate training, extension, information and other materials Promote and conduct pilot studies, projects, workshops and other outreach activities Promote linkages between agricultural research, extension services and training Liaise with different establishment CICE committees that direct, manage and advise in respect of the administration and activities of the Centre.

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MITI

Ag Director : Dr Kerapetse Sehularo DAHP, BVMS, MVM History The Meat Industry Training Institute (MITI) was established in 1984 through an agreement between Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome (working in conjuction with the government of Denmark) and the government of Botswana. At that point it was called the Regional Training Centre for Meat Inspectors and Meat Technologists in Africa. In 1991, the FAO handed over running of the training institute to the govermentof Botswana and managed by the Department of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture. The institution was re-named Meat Inspection Training Centre (MITC). In order to enhance the academic profile of the institute so as to meet the demands of  its main stakeholders, the Institute was taken-over by the Botswana College of Agriculture now Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources on the 01 st of April 2012. Since its establishment, over 1,900 participants from 45 African countries have undergone training at the Institute. MITI also recieved students from the European Union on internship programme in the area of Veterinary Public Health. MITI Strategic Intent MITI envisages becoming a Centre of Excellence for the meat industry in Africa. The Institute will focus on cutting edge research and training. The institute  will interact with its stakeholders through provision of excellent service in the areas of accommodation, abattoir services, meat and meat related consultancies and events hosting . This is in line with BUAN vision-mission of vibrant world class university that produces market ready graduates for agricultural and natural sectors. Existing Programmes Certifcate in Meat Inspection: A six (6) months intensive programme with focus on food safety management system (HACCP) in particular meat and meat products, meat inspection, animal welfare, zoonosis, animal health and food safety legislation.  Upcoming  academic  programmes: expected to be offered in academic year 2021 Diploma in Meat Inspection: (DMI) Diploma in Leather Products Manufacturing Technology: (DLPMT) Diploma in Meat Processing Technology: (DMPT) Short courses: expected to be offered in academic year 2020 Refresher course for meat Inspectors Meat Handlers Course Level 1 Meat Handlers Course Level 2 Meat Handlers Course Level 3 Meat Processing Course Level 1 Reaserch focus  Food safety especially meat and meat products Meat science Animal welfare Animal health Legislation Contact details Postal Address: Meat industry Training Institute Private Bag 45  Lobatse Physical Address: Boswelatlou Plot 13725 Telephone number: +267 5330671 FAX: +267 5332259 Email:miti@buan.ac.bw

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FARM

Objectives of the farm The first and major objective of the BUAN Farm is to provide facilities and services for teaching: Provide student-managed practical plots Provide demonstration plots for practical classes Provide structures for both crop and livestock demonstrations Provide structures and animals for practical training in animal production Be a facility for Field Practical Training The second objective of the University Farm is to provide facilities for research by: Providing research plots for staff and student projects Providing structures and experimental animals for staff and student research projects Permitting students to carry out meaningful and well-planned research projects during which a lot of practical skills can be acquired. The third objective of the Farm is in commercial production in areas where, there is comparative advantage to produce. This objective will be realized by: Engaging in production areas which are profitable under Botswana conditions. Developing the attitudes of students towards working with their hands to acquire some good working habits. Serving as a model to the farming community in Botswana and thus send the message that farming in Botswana can be a viable economic option

 

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