By: Esther C. Turay
Through it continued collaboration with cooperate institutions and international nongovernmental organizations, the Central University Department of Agriculture has on Monday 29th May 2023 officially launched the start of a two-weeks intensive skills and leadership training seminar for students in the department in collaboration with the Initiative for Rural Development Organization, and The Urban Farm, Denver, Colorado State, USA.
This seminar was designed to fill the gaps identified in the practice of modern agriculture in Sierra Leone, and to provide a first-of-it kind practical experience in hydroponics, greenhouse, biological soil testing, and freight farm operations.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Central University – Professor Bob Conteh thanked the astute leadership of the Head of Department of Agriculture, and the exchange visitor Mr. Drew Hundelt for traveling from the United States to grace this two weeks intensive skills training. He urged staff and students in the department to take advantage of the opportunity provided and learn as many skills as possible. Professor Conteh reassured Central University’s commitment to providing a compelling learning environment for training ethical leaders that will provide sustainable solutions in all sectors of our economy.
In his remarks, Mr. Drew Hundelt stated that he’s well pleased with what he saw at Central University and encouraged students and participants to seize the world class learning opportunity that the Institution is providing. He emphasize that Sierra Leone is an amazing country with such talented young population that he believes can shape the future of Africa.
Mr. Gibrill Amid Sesay – Director of Quality Assurance & International Affairs thanked Mr. Hundelt for the strategic decision he took to visit Africa for the very first time but most importantly for choosing Central University as the most ideal place for such academic and cultural exchange experience.
Responding to the need to give our students practical exposure to modern agro-technologies, Mr. Edward Abdulai Sankoh – Head of Department of Agriculture at Central University stated that he’s optimistic that ongoing partnership and collaboration is impacting his students in the department, he noted that all students in his department are place on a four years apprenticeship in many multinational companies including Miro Forestry Company, an an Initiative that has provided job opportunities for performing students while providing technical skills that are rare to find. Mr. Sankoh invites all young ambitious Sierra Leoneans who sees opportunities in agriculture to join Central University.
Apply Now @ www.central.edu.sl
© Central University Agriculture Dept