By Lisa Masuku
THE government has embarked on a drive to accelerate the adoption of digital agriculture solutions through the launch of an e-agriculture learning platform at Esigodini Agricultural College in Matabeleland South province.
In a bid to accelerate the use of digital and smart agriculture solutions, the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services in partnership with the Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network has introduced the first agriculture e-learning platform in the country for young farmers to appreciate smart agriculture learning solutions.
Proprietors are confident that the platform is the way to go for aspiring farmers to contribute to the growth of the agriculture industry through the use of smart agriculture techniques.
“Agriculture is the backbone of our economy so we are now saying through this E-Learning platform Agriculture must continue at the comfort of their homes. The E-learning platform is there to manage the new normal of teaching and learning so that we can achieve increased productivity in the Agriculture sector,” said Engineer Washton Musungwa, Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network Chief Executive Officer.
For aspiring farmers, the Agriculture E-learning platform comes at an appropriate time after enduring several challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This will help us as Agriculture students to have more knowledge about our industry through conducting researches.”
“Since we now have an E-learning platform we will use it wisely to come up with innovations that help build our careers as young farmers.”
Zimbabwe is an agro-based economy that earns a substantial of the amount of its GDP from the agriculture sector, hence the importance of digital technology solutions that will cushion the sector from Covid-19 shocks.