A Bindura University of Science Education PhD student Ms Moreblessing Chimweta made the university proud when she was selected as one of the recipients of the prestigious 2018 International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar award. A handover ceremony for the grant was held on the 15th of November 2018 at the BUSE Astra Campus in the Old Library
IPNI is a global organization with initiatives in addressing the world’s growing need for food, fuel, fiber and feed. Its mission is to develop and promote scientific information about the responsible management of plant nutrition for the benefit of the human family.
Chimweta is a Flood Recession Cropping PhD student in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Her thesis is titled, Optimizing maize yield under flood recession cropping in the Zambezi Valley floodplains, northern Zimbabwe.
Among many highly qualified applicants from a wide array of universities and fields of study from around the world, Ms Chimweta managed to be one of thirty students selected to receive the international award for IPNI out of the over 800 applicants who applied for the award.
The award ceremony was graced by the presence of the Regional Director of International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), Dr Shamie Zingore to present the grant award. Other recognized guest who graced the occasion where the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Bindura University of Science Education,Professor Parawira, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Chinhoyi University of Technology, Professor Nyamangara, Dean FAES, Dr I. W Nyakudya and other academic staff members from the University.
Ms Chimweta’s research objectives include but not limited to planting available nitrogen dynamics during the flood recession cropping season. Upon completion of her PhD, Ms Chimweta looks forward to being a renowned Scientist in sustainable agriculture for ensured prolonged food security.
Inside the grant award was a certificate of recognition and a cheque of US $2 000.