BUSE in Community Engagement Initiative

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Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) is engaged in community development projects in Mt Darwin as part of the Heritage-based Education 5.0 which seeks to facilitate tertiary institutions to make an impact in their communities.

Professor Madhumbu from BUSE who is leading the initiative said the projects which are partly funded by BUSE and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) would assist communities who have not been finding full value from their produce to get real worth for their harvested crops.

“The concept here is a community value addition programme funded by BUSE and RUFORUM. These two value-addition centres were built by the community and the University. The community brought in bricks and the builders. Farmers can come here and process their goods at a low cost using the equipment supplied by the university and RUFORUM,” he said.

“We have a grinding mill, peanut butter processing machine and, the sunflower extraction and processing machine. This will assist the community not to travel long distances to process their products and also so that they can realize more profits from the produce rather than sell the produce cheaply as unprocessed goods.

Some of the villagers who are set to benefit from the project could not hide their joy and said although there were many grinding mills and oil-pressing machines in the area, this initiative would go a long way in assisting the most vulnerable members of the community who cannot afford the fees being charged by operators.

One of the value addition centres in Mt Darwin
Value addition centre in Mt Darwin equipped with a grinding mill.