Lilongwe University to start issuing Bachelors Degree in Agroforestry

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources(LUANAR) council, has approved introduction of Bachelors Degree Programme in Agroforestry to promote conservation agricultural.

Prof Kanyama Phiri briefing journalists

Prof Kanyama Phiri briefing journalists

Launching a half-day media training workshop in Lilongwe, LUANAR Vice Chancellor, Professor George Kanyama Phiri said the programme will commerce next year.

“I am pleased to inform you that the Council of LUANAR recently approved a Bachelor of Science programme in Agroforestry commence next year,” said Phiri.

Phiri asked Malawi Government to put in place a policy on Agroforestry and Conservation agriculture technologies.

“Researchers  and members of the Building a Large Evergreen Network for Southern Africa (BLEANSA) have noted with great concern that Malawi is implementing Agroforestry and Conservation agriculture technologies without a policy in place,” said Phiri.

“This has resulted in a number of Non Government Organisations and Government departments providing conflicting messages to farmers regarding the extent of conservation agriculture and agroforestry resulting in alienation of farmers’ hence low adoption rate,” said Phiri.

Phiri commended sponsors of  dissemination conference on Agroforestry and Evergreen agriculture  “where LUANAR shall present findings of research on adoption of agroforestry, value addition and policy analyses relevant for promotion of agroforestry in Malawi.”

He said  Flemish International Cooperation Agency (FICA) through International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) have played vital role in providing the needed financial resources for the research projects.

Phiri commended  Department of Agricultural Research for the collaboration with the University.

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7 thoughts on “Lilongwe University to start issuing Bachelors Degree in Agroforestry”

  1. kholowa mkabudula says:

    Thousands of graduates, but malawi still suffers hunger,why can’t the govnt turn this into a science and technology college becaz pipo are not benefiting including the students them selves?

  2. ruth warren says:

    The truth is Malawians Scholars do not benefit the nation susbstantially especially .bunda kaya mikuti luannar, there is no peace of tangible research that makes impact if any, yet kuli ma professor ambiri kumeneko kodi amatani? ulesi kapena chanu? Ngati sikubwera ma donors instructing them to run a project basi kumangokhalira kuphunzitsa meeeee meeeee ng”ombe mamina mbatata!!!!!! mxiiii mwandikwiyitsa mwanva

  3. fuko says:

    Mr Tjuxtan sounds like a nyau dancer. Leave Bunda lecturers alone. They progressive and visionary. Nsanje ngati Kamuzu Banda siyani. Ufiti kapena???

  4. tjuxtan says:

    One Dr Phiri of Luanar has a French class hotel built with imported granite material-hidden in a village by the lakeside at maldeco in Mangochi. Kuyepula pa Malawi. Nanga salary yake yomweyi mpaka kumanga palace??

  5. Dr. Matamula says:

    Its also high time Bunda improved quality of its programmes like maths. Infrastructure also needs to be improved.

  6. makito says:

    Mr Mhesha, this is where policy makers and training industry should collaborate. If agriculture is not prioritised and given due support, what will the graduates be doing? Bachelor of agriculture is not a vocation, these guys look for opportunities.

  7. Mhesha says:

    However all of your graduates give up their graduation programmes by studying accounting or marketing or other service oriented courses and end up in shops or office ….selling or marketing! I wonder if the courses from Luanar are indeed helping agricultural productivity in this country.

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