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Makerere Breeds 20 High yielding, Drought and Disease tolerant Sweet potato varieties code-named Kabanyolo Sweet Potatoes (KSP)

  • Scientists call for a policy on seed systems to curb the spread of crop pests and diseases.
  • District NAADS officer appeals to farmers? mindset change and adoption new technologies.
  • Farmers eye Tallow oil industry as potential market, want low interest loans and technical support to expand farmlands for sweet potato production.

Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production has bred new sweet potato varieties that are high yielding, tolerant to drought and sweet potato viruses. The varieties were unveiled in Gorooba village, Buraru parish, Byabigambire? subcounty in Hoima district during an open day for? participatory variety evaluation? for farmers to choose what they think was the best variety for them based on yield and colour on November 1st 2013.

The different varieties after harvesting in Hoima

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African Universities Rapped on limited adoption of e-learning – Expert warns that non-ICT compliant Professors face extinction

Professors in African Universities have been advised to adopt the new Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools for teaching and learning for improved service delivery   or else face extinction. This featured in one of the key note presentations at the just concluded African Crop Science Society Conference held at Entebbe, Uganda from 14-17 October 2013.

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Makerere holds the 11th Biennial African Crop Science Society Conference.

  • Conference attracts 339  participants from 27 countries
  • MAK Prof. Bernard Bashaasha  gets award for excellent presentation
  • AU Commissioner H.E Rhoda Tumusiime urges universities and institutions of higher learning to intensify efforts to produce entrepreneurs and not just office bearers.
  • Professional associations urged on evidence based advice and policy advocacy     

The 11th African Crop Science Society conference has ended in Entebbe. The conference was organised by Makerere University in collaboration with Regional University’s Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and the Presidential Initiative for Banana Industrial Development (PIBID). Other collaborators were the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and Busitema University.

Initially the conference was supposed to be hosted by Cameroon which bid in 2011.  Four months to the conference, Cameroon stepped down and Makerere University stepped in to organise the conference.

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Makerere flags off 31 Agriculture students to Israel for paid internship

 

  • President pledges to reward students who get at least 75%  mark by doubling  their savings using  the Youth Fund 
  •  Education Ministry to clear  about 6000 US Dollar bill for students who had failed to raise the air tickets.
  •  Mak chancellor implores government to plan for agricultural graduates, revisit the Universal Education and Graduated tax policy and hold a national education stakeholders dialogue to address the teachers plight.
  • Makerere top Managers  plead with  government to take over its wage bill

President Yoweri Museveni has flagged off 31 students to Israel on a one year paid  internship. 26 students were second years undertaking BSc. Agric and BSc. Horticulture from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 3 graduates from the same college and 2 students from Busitema University.

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CAES Substantive Principal Prof. Bernard Bashaasha Takes Over Office

  • Thanks former leadership for steering the college system
  • Reiterates his campaign promises of transparency and humility
  • Calls for unity to address CAES Challenges

The former Ag. Principal CAES Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa handed over office to the Substantive Principal Prof. Bernard Bashaasha on August 1, 2013.  The handover ceremony was moderated by the Deputy Principal Dr. Gorettie Nabanoga at the conference hall, School of Agricultural Sciences. It was attended by the college and university staff including representatives from the Directorate for Internal Audit and that of the Human Resources.

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CAES Substantive Principal Prof. Bernard Bashaasha Takes Over Office.

  • Thanks former leadership for steering the college system
  • Reiterates his campaign promises of transparency and humility
  • Calls for unity to address CAES Challenges

The former Ag. Principal CAES Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa handed over office to the Substantive Principal Prof. Bernard Bashaasha on August 1, 2013.  The handover ceremony was moderated by the Deputy Principal Dr. Gorettie Nabanoga at the conference hall, School of Agricultural Sciences. It was attended by the college and university staff including representatives from the Directorate for Internal Audit and that of the Human Resources.

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CAES Holds MUARIK Field Day

  • Participants hail students projects and demonstrations.
  • Uganda Police promises jobs
  • About 100 students graduate as plant doctors

On 1st August 2013, Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) held the Kabonyolo Field Day to mark the end of recess term training. About 100 students graduated with certificates in Plant Doctoring.

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Makerere University Climate Change Research and Innovations Centre(MUCCRI) Launched

Like other countries in Sub Saharan Africa, Uganda is already severely affected by climate change and vulnerable to future variability. With the majority of Uganda’s population and economy largely depended on natural resources mainly rain fed agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism among others, climate change will adversely affect Uganda’s socio-economic transformation efforts. The situation is exacerbated further by lack of capacity to respond.

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H.E Mahama Urges African Govts to Invest in Agric Research

The President of Ghana H.E John Dramani Mahama has challenged African governments to give more money to their universities to be able to carry out more applicable research.

President Dramani Mahama made the call in a speech read for him by the Vice President H.E Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur (pictured) at the official opening of the 6th Africa Agricultural Science Week and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) General Assembly running from 15th – 20th July at Accra International Centre, Ghana.

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