Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) has built two training greenhouses with irrigation systems and provided necessary equipment for the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland
The opening ceremony of the greenhouses was attended by Mohamed Haji Osman Jama, minister of Agriculture of Somaliland; Güngör İleri, the Republic of Turkey’s deputy consul general to Hargeisa, Dr Mohamoud Yusuf Muse, president of the University of Hargeisa, Dr Abdulrazak Tahir Awale, dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Hargeisa, and İlhami Turus, TİKA’s coordinator in Mogadishu.
In his speech at the ceremony, Awale thanked Turkey and TİKA. “The University of Hargeisa has become the first university in Somaliland to have a greenhouse to provide applied training to students who study agriculture, all thanks to the project,” he added.
İleri thanked TİKA for implementing such an important project in Somaliland and stated that the greenhouse built would make a significant contribution to agricultural development in Somaliland.
Turus said many students would receive applied training and acquire the necessary skills for agricultural activities. He reminded the audience of the rainwater harvesting project they had previously implemented in the region, and added that TİKA would continue to support sustainable agriculture and the fight against drought and strive to implement projects that directly benefit the public in Somaliland.
As many as 300 students will be trained on modern greenhouse farming and vegetable farming at the 500sqm greenhouse built in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Hargeisa, a state university in Somaliland, as part of the project implemented by TİKA.
The project aims to make agricultural training accessible to a larger group of people in Somaliland, raise awareness among people about the riches of the country, and improve the average quality of life through world-class sustainable agricultural practices.