The best place to serve: Africa University Farm Trust constructs new farm staff house in an effort to increase access to on- campus housing

3 March 2022

The Acting Vice Chancellor Rev. Professor Peter Mageto, members of the Executive Cabinet, farm and agriculture staff officially dedicated and handed over the keys to a newly constructed farm house that shall be used by Mr. Jainos Pedro, a worker at the university farm, and his family in an initiative that aims to provide more on- campus housing for farm staff in the coming years.

Acting VC Rev. Prof. Mageto hands over keys to the new home to Mr. and Mrs. Pedro as Farm Manager Mr. Mpofu looks on.

The three- roomed house joins two other houses that were built with funds from the Farm Development Fund with this most recent building standing out as the first that has been constructed using internal farm resources therefore  signifying the growth and sustainability that the enterprise has achieved over the years.

Opening the ceremony, Acting VC Rev. Professor Mageto alluded to the important role that farm workers play in the development of the university and the array of products that are produced and have grown to take center stage nation-wide. He went on to appreciate the dedication and service of the workers which has contributed to the attainment of the 30 year milestone that the university has reached.

Acting Vice Chancellor Rev. Professor Peter Mageto

“You are more often than not the first to wake and the last to sleep. Precision and attention to the most minute of details that would be amiss to others, safeguards and ensures a healthy crop. Your care and preparedness to be present at all times, most particularly in anticipating where your assistance is needed before it is even asked for, emboldens us all to emulate your work ethic and dedication. We thank you so much for being the custodians of our land and we are truly blessed to have such capable and innovative people as yourselves with whom we work alongside.”

Prof. Mageto went on to appreciate and thank Farm Manager Mr. Trevor Mpofu and Africa University Farm Trust Chairman Dr. Walter Manyangarirwa for the worthy initiative and Ubuntu shown to the Pedro family.

“Your passion and dedication to this university and those that serve with you in this great mission is an inspiration to us all. Thank you for answering the call to be your brother’s keeper and ensure the safety, dignity and worth of this family. To the Pedro family, it is our hope and prayer that you will be graceful stewards of this home that has been constructed for you and that the love that has been shown to you and yours is cascaded throughout the community in which you reside.”

Farm Manager Mr. Mpofu stressed the importance of the growing resilience and sustainability of the university farm highlighting other projects that have been internally financed such as the dairy milking machinery, the purchase of a center pivot for irrigation as well as the increase in arable land to the tune of 20 hectares in  the past year to increase productivity.

Farm Manager Mr. Trevor Mpofu

Echoing the call for sustainability, Farm Trust Chairman Dr. Walter Manyangarirwa pledged that more housing projects were in the pipeline that will ultimately feed into increased farm and worker productivity due to decreased travel times from home to work, convenience for farm staff who often begin work at dawn and an overall improvement in the conditions of service for farm staff in line with the institutional drive towards world class status across the board.

Africa University Farm Trust Chairman Dr. Walter Manyangarirwa