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CAES holds workshop to train Agricultural Extension workers

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental sciences, on January  14-19, 2013,  held a workshop to equip agricultural extension officers with new skills  on innovation.

The one week training Mid career course was conducted at the Continuing Agricultural Education Centre, Kabanyolo   under the ACP Science and Technology program  to build  the capacity  of African  Universities graduates to Foster Development  through Agricultural Innovations.


The European Union Funded project is being implemented in Makerere University Uganda, Egerton University Kenya and Bunda College in Malawi.

In his  opening remarks, the Ag. Principal Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa decried the low agricultural productivity expressing the need for adopting modern farming practices to boost production.

“The challenges affecting our country are mainly low production, Marketing and value addition. Therefore this retooling course will enable the traditional agricultural extension agents bring together different stakeholders to address issues of agricultural development:,” Prof. Kyamanywa observed.

The program coordinator, Dr. Prossy Isubikalu said over 30  participants and mainly graduates who missed out the component  on innovation processes turned up for the training.

“These extension workers will be able to teach farmers the benefits of increasing production and value addition  by taking lead in supporting innovation processes, facilitating multi - stakeholder processes and then build and manage partnerships,” she said.

The training attracted participants from Government, NGO’s and private sector. These included VEDCO, EADEN, NWESEA, Sasakawa G2000, Wold Vision, Africa 2000 Network, Kyambogo, Nkozi, Mukono and Gulu universities among others.

Participants were optimistic to utilise the new skills acquired  to encourage farmers to be innovative  to utilise available resources and   adopt  modern ways of farming  ways to improve their livelihoods.


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