TIPS PARTICIPANTS CERTIFICATION 2016



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 27th of July 2016. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Engineer R. Chitsiko 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.




Engineer R. Chitsiko (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development) delivering the Guest of Honour speech


Dr. M. Mombeshora (Board Chairperson of the TRB) giving her remarks before introducing the Guest of Honour


Zimbabwe Prison Services Officer delivers a poem entitled ‘Good morning Kutsaga’ to the delight of the audience


Plant Quarantine Drama Group performance teaching on the importance of adherence to tobacco legislative dates such as latest stalk destruction date of 15 May leave the audience in stitches


Engineer R. Chitsiko (third from left) (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development) presenting certificates to TIPS participants at the TIPS certification day whilst Dr. M.Mombeshora (TRB Board Chairperson) (second from left) and Dr. D. Garwe (General Manager- TRB) (first from left) look on


Engineer R. Chitsiko (second from left) (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development) presenting the motorbike to the best grower at the TIPS certification day whilst Dr. M. Mombeshora (TRB Board Chairperson) (first from left) and Dr. D. Garwe (General Manager- TRB) (right) look on.


Part of the crowd that attended the TIPS certification day, anxiously waiting to receive their prizes and certificates


Part of the prices given to the winning growers and AGRITEX officers


Prof. F. Tagwira (TRB Board Member) giving the vote of thanks at the end of the TIPS participants certification day.