Principal's 7th Quartely Report October-December 2015
The Principal’s 7th Quarterly report is representation of the major activities and achievements in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science (CAES) covering the period from October- December 2015. The report covers the academic profiles including student enrolment and registration. It also outlines innovations in teaching and research, resource mobilization and collaborative efforts. Sections on knowledge sharing and transfer to society and publications and end of year package for staff are also highlighted.
The college attracted eminent national and international visitors. The King of Tooro Kingdom, Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV visited the CAES School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio engineering to explore partnership with the Food Technology Business Incubation Centre (FTBIC). Tooro Kingdom and Makerere University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cement the relationship. The MoU will first be implemented in the CAES through the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Engineering. The main objective of the MoU is to partner with Tooro Kingdom to enhance each other’s areas of interest and development.
The college continued to excel in research and grant acquisition and has maintained a record in publishing. The college received a DFID Grant of four (4) million USD towards Building resilience and adaptation to climate extremes and disasters in the Department of Geography, Geo informatics and Climatic Sciences. Another USAID Grant of USD three (3) million to strengthen training, research and outreach activities was received in the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics.
We recorded over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and other publications in conference proceedings. The college research programs were boosted by several grants especially from RUFORUM, USAID, AGRA, Bill and Melinda Gates, Danida, SCARDA, NORAD, SIDA, SASAKAWA Global 2000, European Union, Makerere University, research organizations and government in various areas of Food science and Nutrition, plant breeding, livestock productivity and climate change mitigation among others.
In the area of Research innovations, the Department of Agricultural and Bio systems engineering (ABE) invented the Farmers’ Multipurpose tractor code-named the ‘MV Mulimi”. The project was funded by the Presidential Initiative Project at a total cost of UGX 25 million. The MV Mulimi development team comprised Prof. Noble Banadda as the PI and co-PIs, namely, Dr. Nicholas Kiggundu and Dr. Ahamada Zziwa. The Principal Technician is Mr. Ernest Tibaku-Zira assisted by Samuel Mutesasira and Denis Nsubuga. MV Mulimi has been tested for and is capable of performing five (5) tasks, namely; threshing maize to reduce postharvest losses; pumping water for irrigation; charging phones to keep farmers informed of Agricultural produce markets; hauling agricultural produce up to 1 ton and ploughing fields.
The first phase of the New FTBIC building was officially handed over to Makerere University by the construction contractor. The hand over followed a practical completion report by the project manager on 25thSeptember, 2015. The Project Manager, Arch. Isaac Nyabwana handed over the building to the Vice Chancellor Makerere University represented by the University Secretary, Mr. Charles Barugahare during the handover ceremony held at the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering in October, 2015.
My sincere appreciation goes to University top management, government, donors, development partners, all members of staff, college leadership students and parents for the trust and support towards these quarterly achievements.
PROF. BERNARD BASHAASHA