President Mnangagwa urges university students to embrace technology

By Idah Mhetu

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged university students to accelerate and embrace the use of technology to drive the nation’s economic agenda.

Addressing thousands of residents and ZANU PF supporters during the launch of the Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Innovation and Agro-Industrial Park this Friday, President Mnangagwa said the agro-industrial park is a product of the Government’s new strategic policy which mandates universities and other tertiary institutions to be drivers of innovation and industrialisation for the provision of goods and services to the economy.

“They are one of the ways in which the Second Republic is capacitating the youth to develop practical skills of undertaking sustainable farming, as business,” said President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa also said these  innovation hubs and industrial parks will propel the country’s modernisation and industrialisation through the local production of goods and services.

“I call upon the youth of our country to occupy the space and play their role in the agriculture sector and guarantee our national food self-sufficiency. Use them to showcase your innovative and creative skills. Shun the harmful vices of alcohol and drug abuse that are destroying the lives of some of your peers in our country,” President Mnangagwa added.

President Mnangagwa also spelt out the need to engage in meaningful and productive  projects.

“Use your time wisely and engage in meaningful projects to benefit yourselves, your families, communities and the country at large.”  

Some of the ideas hatched in innovation hubs have so far led to the commissioning of the Marula processing plant at Rutenga in Mwenezi as well as the production of medical and industrial oxygen at a plant near Feruka in Mutare by Verify Engineering, through the mechanism of the heritage-based solution.