MUST, FRT agree to transform agriculture through ICTs

Deputy Vice Chancellor for Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Professor Jonathan Makuwira has said the university is ready to deliver credible science, innovations and technology so that the country achieves the Vision 2063 Agenda.

Makuwira made the remarks at MUST campus on Wednesday during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the university and Farm Radio Trust (FRT).

The MoU allows the college to use technology in coming up with different packages that will respond to farmers’ needs as one way of transforming the agriculture sector.

Makuwira said with the platform given by FRT, MUST is ready to improve agricultural productivity, which is at the heart of Malawi Vision 2063 Agenda, saying the MoU signifies the importance of ICT in the agricultural sector.

Makuwira: MUST is ready the country's agricultural activity

“It is very rare for non-governmental organisations to sign MoU with public universities, but we have accepted this challenge of digital transformation in farming. The college will respond to several needs of farmers through the use of ICT.

“Farm Radio Trust has really demonstrated that it is a leading organization that exists to foster rural and agricultural development in Malawi through the use of radio and other ICTs and have chosen MUST to champion that. This is an exciting opportunity and at the same time challenges us to think outside the box,” said Makuwira.

Chief Executive Officer for FRT, George Limbika Vilili said the signing ceremony demands that the college should conceive an idea which is digital oriented after hearing the concerns from farmers in the country.

Vilili said FRT is very interested to see the college translating ideas into a solution that in turn can improve agricultural productivity by responding to smallholder farmer’s needs.

“By signing this agreement; our organization has received a booster dose to improve innovations in agriculture. We believe that the use of digital has a role to improve livelihoods of people in Malawi.

“At the end of the day, we want to demonstrate that the digital space has a role to transform the country through agriculture. Shortly, we will also partner other colleges like Malawi University Business and Applied Sciences with other programmes,” Vilili said.

FRT is non-governmental organization that promotes innovative radio and ICT based farmer advisory and extension services in Malawi. –