TIPS PARTICIPANTS CERTIFICATION 2017
The Tobacco Research Board traditionally holds mid-year, the Tobacco Improved Productivity Sites (TIPS) participants and Department of Agricultural Technical and Extension Services (AGRITEX) participating officers certification day. This year the function was held on Wednesday the 26th of July 2017. The Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Honourable D. Marapira officiated on behalf of Dr. J. M. Made the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development. The certification day recognizes participants who have successfully completed a course in tobacco production. The TIPS programme emphasizes adopting a hands on learning approach on tobacco production processes by the local participants on selected sites across all tobacco growing districts.
|Honourable D. Marapira (Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development) delivering the Guest of Honour speech|
|Prof. T. Hove (Board Vice-Chairperson of the TRB) giving her remarks before introducing the Guest of Honour|
|Poem par excellence – Student received scholarship for 3 years school fees courtesy of SeedCo after delivering a poem entitled ‘Kutsaga’ to the delight of the audience.|
|Honorable D. Marapira (Right) (Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development) presenting certificates to TIPS participants at the TIPS certification day whilst Engineer R. Chitsiko (Permanent Secretary in the same Ministry) look on.|
|Honourable D. Marapira (Right) (Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development) presenting the motorbike to the best grower at the TIPS certification day whilst Engineer R. Chitsiko (Permanent Secretary in the same Ministry) (second from right), Prof. T. Hove (TRB Board Vice-Chairperson) (third from left) and Dr. D. Garwe (General Manager- TRB) (left) look on.|
|Part of the crowd that attended the TIPS certification day, anxiously waiting to receive their prizes and certificates|