UNDP equips twelve laboratories in Hamelmalo Agriculture College

Jul 8, 2017

H.E Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture; Ms. Christine N. Umutoni, UNDP Resident Representative, cutting the ribbon during the inuguration of Hamelmalo Agricultural College Laboratory. ©UNDPEritrea/Mwaniki

Hamelmalo Agricultural College (HAC) inaugurated its new laboratory facilities during the 10th graduation ceremony, which was held on 8th July 2017 at the college grounds in Hamelmalo, Anseba Region. The facilities were built with support from the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and equipped with support from UNDP Eritrea. UNDP furnished 12 agricultural science laboratories with modern furniture and equipment, in a move to boost research in agriculture and natural resources management. Consequently, the research will inform food production and conservation of natural resources in the country.

The modern research facility was opened by Honourable Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture and Ms. Christine N. Umutoni, UN Humanitarian/Residential Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. Several students and staff gave demonstrations on scientific practices such as tissue culture and soil science. Other partners who contributed to the success of this initiative include the Ministries of Education, Finance and National Development.

At the graduation ceremony, Mr. Semere Amleson, Dean of the Hamelmalo Agricultural college said that the facility will play a significant role in expanding research based learning. Moreover, it will provide better opportunity for scientists and students to conduct research on key agricultural constraints in food production, animal husbandry and natural resources conservation in the country.

Currently, the institution offers five M.Sc., eight B.Sc. and six diploma courses in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Veterinary Sciences, Animal Science, Horticulture, Plant Protection, Land resources and Environment.