Minister of Education Agnes NyaLonje has said technological inventions in the country’s universities can boost the country’s economy and bring development.
She said in an interview on the sidelines of her tour of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar)-Bunda Campus yesterday to appreciate technologies and infrastructure taking place.
During the tour, the minister was astonished by what the university’s aquaculture department is doing on fish technology.
Said NyaLonje: “Imagine if that kind of technology is replicated across the country and farmers are using it, we would double or triple our fish production and boost fish exports.”
On his part, Luanar vice-chancellor Professor George Kanyama Phiri told the minister that the university is a leading fish research institution in Africa.
“We have a very vibrant aquaculture department, the best Africa. The challenge is capacity to capitalise on our technologies, as such other countries are doing better on top of our technologies,” he said.
NyaLonje also toured administration and lecture blocks that are under construction at the campus and congratulated the university’s authorities for being innovative and foresighted. “I am truly impressed with this. You are doing the best on your own to expand the university and that is what government wants,” she said.