German Minister Mueller visits Green College

German Minister Mueller visits Green College

Story by : Francesca Schraffl
Written on : 28th March, 2016

At the beginning of October, the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Gerd Mueller, visited Welthungerhilfe’s Green College in Rukka, Jharkhand, and awarded trainees with their course certificate. The ceremony was opened by Jharkhand Agriculture Minister Shri Randhir Kumar Singh.

Minister Müller

The Green College is managed by our partner Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra’s (KGVK), with the support of Usha Martin, and offers courses on System of Root Intensification, Integrated Farming System, Animal Health and Dairy Entrepreneurship. In his walk around the Green College, the Minister stopped to observe the trainees in action, asking them many questions about the different green trades they are learning.

The agriculture of the future will be an agriculture of knowledge” said the Minister, at the end of the visit. “Green schools are a model of success,” he continued, highlighting the relevance of this partnership, with a local NGO, Welthungerhilfe, the private sector as the main investor, research institutions and the government. In his opinion, innovative partnerships like the one in the college of KVGK are most important to reach all farmers and provide the youth a perspective and employment opportunity.

The Green College Initiative is part of the project Green Innovation Center in the Agriculture and Food Sector, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Facilitated by Welthungerhilfe and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), it focuses on training rural youth from Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal on green trades. It expects to train 3000 youth members by 2017.

Check the Facebook album of the Minister’s visit.