As part of efforts to enhance the welfare of staff and students, Midlands State University recently commissioned newly built houses at the institution’s Gwenoro farm for its farm employees and future interns.

Midlands State University Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Victor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa visited Gwenoro farm on Thursday, 26 January 2017 to officially open the newly built farm houses.

The University Registrar Mr E Mupfiga, the Bursar Mr A Zvandasara, the Deputy Bursar Mr T Chigwaza, the Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Mrs I Mangoma, the Deputy Registrar Human resource, Mrs H Nyakurerwa and the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Natural Resources Management and Agriculture, Mr T Madanzi formed part of the high powered delegation to the ceremony that was held amidst pomp and fanfare.

Midlands State University continues to make significant strides in improving the living standards of the workforce at Gwenoro and at other University farms. Developments at the farm provide a testimony of the institution’s unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of its most important stakeholders who are students and staff.

In his remarks, Professor Muzvidziwa said,

“Vashandi nevadzidzi ndovakakosha kudarika zvinhu zvese “

Professor Muzvidziwa emphasized the importance of unity amongst the institution’s employees, if the institution is to reach greater heights. The Acting Vice Chancellor also explained that the new accommodation facilities houses were built because the institution was committed to the wellbeing of its workforce irrespective of their locations.

The new accommodation facilities also came as a shot in the arm for students undertaking Work Related Learning on the farm as they will also be housed in these facilities, making their learning experience more comfortable.

Previously owned by Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, Gwenoro Farm is a fitting testament to the success of black empowerment in the agricultural sector. Boasting an impressive citrus plantation, the farm generates employment for the surrounding community and opportunities for work related learning where students get hands on training in land production.  The farm also provides opportunities for research.

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