The Korean government has built the Seke Agricultural Training Institute in Chitungwiza with the assistance of organisations from that country to complement Zimbabwe's land reform programme.
Speaking at the official opening of the training centre in Chitungwiza yesterday, Korean ambassador to Zimbawe Mr Kwang-chul Lew said the agriculture sector needed support as it was the backbone of other industries.
"The agricultural sector needs all the support and should be the basis for any recovery programme that might be adopted by the Government," he said.
"Agriculture is the world's oldest industry, being the bedrock of other industries and creating employment for thousands. Every nation has the solemn task of feeding its people and this is perhaps the first priority of governments since time immemorial."
Ambassador Kwang-chul said Korea was committed to the restoration of Zimbabwe's status as the "bread basket of Africa".
"The Republic of Korea is making concerted efforts to ensure Zimbabwe's agricultural development, to attain its title that has been eroded."
The Korean government has also established an Agricultural Testing Centre in Hatcliff and availed equipment to be used at the centre and trained personnel to use the machinery.
"We hope that Seke Agricultural Training Institute will make strides that will help Zimbabwe sustain itself in feeding, and remain with surplus for export," Ambassador Kwang-chul said.
The institute's chairman, Mr Jaeheung Cho said they had since enrolled 40 students, 16 female and 24 males, drawn from Mashonaland East province.
"The students will learn and stay here for free," he said.
After completing the one year programme, the students will be awarded a National Foundation Certificate.