A new agricultural laboratory constructed at a cost of 5 million USD in collaboration with the Government of Eritrea, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and the UNDP was inaugurated on 8 July.
Mister Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, and Ms. Christine Umutoni, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, have inaugurated the agricultural laboratory in the presence of ministers, government officials and other international partners.
Mr. Semere Amlesom, Dean of Hamelmalo Agricultural College, explained on the significance of research in developing agricultural activities and that the establishment of the laboratory along with the necessary equipment would play a major role in producing select crop seeds.
Mr. Semere further noted that agricultural development depends from scientific research and that the laboratory will significantly contribute in the practical as well as theoretical teaching and learning process particularly in the post graduate studies. He further indicated that the new building comprises ten laboratory rooms that will provide service to 30 students at a given time.
Mr. Semere also indicated that the College is planning to work in research activities in collaboration with Halhale Agricultural Research Center in a bid to play due role in the provision of select seed for farmers, prevention of pests and in the eradication of communicable animal diseases as well as in environmental protection.
It is to be recalled that Hamelmalo College of Agriculture has in its 10th commencement graduated 236 students in degree and 204 in diploma.
UNDP Equips 12 Laboratories in Hamelmalo Agriculture College
BY UNDP ERITREA
Hamelmalo Agricultural College (HAC) inaugurated its new laboratory facilities during the 10th graduation ceremony, which was held on 8th July 2017 at the college grounds in Hamelmalo, Anseba Region.
The facilities were built with support from the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and equipped with support from UNDP Eritrea.
UNDP furnished 12 agricultural science laboratories with modern furniture and equipment, in a move to boost research in agriculture and natural resources management. Consequently, the research will inform food production and conservation of natural resources in the country.
The modern research facility was opened by Honourable Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture and Ms. Christine N. Umutoni, UN Humanitarian/Residential Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.
Several students and staff gave demonstrations on scientific practices such as tissue culture and soil science. Other partners who contributed to the success of this initiative include the Ministries of Education, Finance and National Development.
At the graduation ceremony, Mr. Semere Amleson, Dean of the Hamelmalo Agricultural college said that the facility will play a significant role in expanding research based learning. Moreover, it will provide better opportunity for scientists and students to conduct research on key agricultural constraints in food production, animal husbandry and natural resources conservation in the country.
Currently, the institution offers 5 M.Sc., 8 B.Sc. and 6 diploma courses in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Veterinary Sciences, Animal Science, Horticulture, Plant Protection, Land resources and Environment.