By ZBC Reporter
RTC: Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) has invested in an ambitious goat breeding project meant to improve local breeds and help farmers go commercial.
One hundred and forty(140) goats were procured for the project in which BUSE is cross-breeding local Mashona and Matabele breeds with foreign Kalahari red and Boer bulls.
The initiative came under the spotlight during a tour of the institution by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira.
“We know those Kalahari reds and Boer breeds are very expensive and it will cost about 500 to get one but if we do artificial insemination we can have a straw costing about 2 dollars so this will benefit our farmers,” said BUSE Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eddie Mwenje.
Staff and students are already benefiting from the initiative, which now forms part of their practical assignments.
“Exotic breeds have a better size and they give us more meat. For the university the goat project is also part of the learning unit where we do some genetic studies,” said Professor Innocent Wadzanai Nyakudya, the Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Science.
“The projects that we are doing are helping to create employment and we are also producing our goat meat,” said one of the student’s.
Besides the goat breeding project, Professor Amon Murwira was impressed by the ongoing construction of the government-funded innovation hub and renovations of laboratories at the university.
“So, there is very good progress in the implantation of projects. So, for a nation to develop it develops from the design fit education system,” said the Minister.
“The purpose of education is to industrialisation and modernise the country. The country can never modernise on miracles. So, what we are seeing is the implementation of education 5.0 philosophy.”
The Bindura University of Science Education has embarked on several projects, amid revelations that the institution has so far produced 110 litres of hand sanitiser to combat the spread of COVID-19.