VP Chilima urges Israel-trained Malawians to deliver

Malawi Vice President, Saulos Chilima, Wednesday evening challenged twenty-nine Malawian students who graduated in agricultural studies at Israel’s Tel Aviv University to apply the skills they had learned when they return home.

Chilima, who was guest of honour at the graduation ceremony of 1100 students (including the twenty-nine Malawians) at Tel Aviv University, said Israel was the global leader in agricultural exports owing to the country’s technologies and that the graduating Malawians should prove they had been trained by leading experts.

“Malawi government is very proud of you and there is one thing only expected of you: go out there and make it happen; failure is no option,” said Chilima.

 Chilima (left) hands over a certificate - Pic by Kondwani Magombo

Chilima (left) hands over a certificate – Pic by Kondwani Magombo

He said it was amazing how Israel, which receives little or no rains at all, could achieve sound water distribution to all its citizens while utilizing every drop for agriculture when Malawi, whose area is covered by 33 percent water, could still lag behind in water management.

“There is no short cut to the top of a palm tree,” advised Chilima. “It has taken Israeli experts dedication and commitment to get where they are, and so can we if we are determined.”

The 29 Malawian students were among 1100 students from 8 countries who were studying Diploma in High Value Horticulture and Irrigation at the Agro Studies Division of Tel Aviv University.

One of the Malawian students, Kareem Longwe, scooped an Award of Excellency in Extracurricular Activities for the Agrostudies Class of 2013 – 2014.

Director of South Asia and South East Asia Department in the Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Chaim Choshen described the graduating students as ambassadors of Israel’s Good Will across the globe.

“This is a good sign of people to people connection and I challenge you all to use the knowledge as an asset for life and, as ambassadors of Israel in agricultural technologies, I expect you to open your own farms when you go back to your countries,” said Choshen.

Meanwhile, Malawi Mangoes, an Israeli agricultural enterprise operating in Salima, has promised to employ most of the graduates.

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