The ministry of education has handed over a milk processing unit constructed in Nyagatare district to the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre East (IPRC East) to address the shortage of technical skills in the production of dairy products.
This unit was built as part of an effort by the government to establish different centres for innovation and technology transfer (CITT) to generate and disseminate technological knowledge and innovation.
At the centre, students will be trained in producing milk products such as cheese, yoghourt and butter.
This is a second CITT established by Mineduc . In February, through a project to support skills development in science and technology funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mineduc established a metal manufacturing unit in Musanze which is managed by IPRC North.
The construction of the Nyagatare CITT was also financed by the AfDB.
“This milk processing unit will contribute to the government’s commitment of poverty reduction by increasing the technical skills of local communities , especially women and youth,” remarked the director general of Science, Technology and Research in Mineduc , Marie-Christine Gasingirwa, at the handover.
The principal of IPRC East, Ephrem Musonera, observed that the unit will serve as a vocational training centre.
“This is a solution to address skills gaps identified in producing milk products. We will be offering short courses to trainees and this will implement the Nation Employment Program,” he said.