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School of Agricultural Sciences reviews the Recess Term curriculum

Makerere University School of Agricultural Sciences has revised its Recess Term curriculum to promote practical learning and churn out graduates suitable for the job market.

The decision was championed by the new Dean School of Agricultural Sciences Dr. Patrick Okori, following a meeting with students at  the launch of the recess term activities at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo on June 4, 2011. Over 100 students in the fields of Agriculture, Food science and Horticulture undergo their training at the institute for a period of eight weeks after sitting theoretical exams every year.

Dean SAS, Dr. Patrick Okori  during the review exercise

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Phase I of the research into HIV drug complete: Prof John Tabuti takes feedback to Traditional healers

The first phase of the research into the development of an HIV/AIDS drug from medicinal plants has been finalized. Makerere University under the umbrella organization of the Inter-University Council of East Africa embarked on a three year project aimed at producing drugs to alleviate HIV/AIDS in East Africa.

The three year project titled “Value chain analysis and development of plant-derived medicinal products for management of HIV/AIDS in the face of climate change in the Lake Victoria basin” is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and is implemented by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), through the Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes).

Makerere  Ethnobatanist Prof. John Tabuti who is the lead researcher, was on June 6, 2012, at PROMETRA Uganda  in Mpigi district  in a research dissemination workshop to give a feedback of the information that was collected from  traditional healers from Mpigi, Butambala and Gomba districts.

Traditional healers  arriving at PROMETRA Uganda Traditional healers institute Mpigi

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Recess Term activities officially launched - Students urged to change their mindset and be innovative

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has officially launched the recess term activities at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo as a routine exercise to equip students with practical skills by turning theory into practice.

Over 120 students in the fields of Agriculture, Food science and Horticulture are to undergo their training at the institute over a period of eight weeks. The students were dispatched on the May 28, 2012 after sitting theoretical exams.

Dr. Okori Launching the recess term activities at MUARIK

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School of Agricultural Sciences (SAS) gets new Dean

Associate Professor, Patrick Okori has been appointed as the new Dean Makerere University School of Agricultural Sciences (SAS). Dr. Okori officially assumed office and the instruments of power on June 4, 2012 during the handover ceremony that was presided over by the Ag. Principal Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa. Dr. Okori replaces Assoc. Prof Bernard Bashaasha who resigned in November 201I.

At its 479th meeting held on May 15 and 16th 2012, the Makerere University appointments Board appointed Dr. Patrick Okori as the Dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences.

Associate Prof. Patrick Okori – Incoming Dean SAS in his new office

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FANRPAN Uganda Node launched

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has launched     a national  multi-stakeholder program - the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN Node Uganda)  that will support the development of better food, agriculture and natural resources policies in Africa.

The steering committee Uganda FANRPAN Node was on Thursday May 24, 2012 nominated bringing together representatives from government, farmer organizations, researchers, academia, private sector, parliamentarians, civil society and the media at function held at the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio enginee ring.

A group Photo of the Interim steering committee and other participants during the launch

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Makerere to implement new Regional PhD program in Agricultural and Rural Innovations First intake takes effect from September – October 2012

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) will this year enroll students for a new regional PhD program code named“Agricultural and Rural Innovations (ARI)”. Makerere is among the pioneers in the world universities for coming up with this type of PhD program.

Representatives of the three East African Universities and partners, Principal CAES Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa, Mak Academic Registrar James Okello, Mak Dean School of Agricultural Sciences Dr. Bernard Bashaasha and Director RUFORUM Prof. Adipala Ekwamu launching ARI prospectus.

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Makerere and Xiangtan University to start academic collaboration

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Xiangtan University of China have opened ties for collaboration in terms of research, staff and student exchange.

This was reached during a meeting among the staff from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), the College of Engineering Design,Art and Technology (CEDAT)  and Chinese delegation from Xiangtan University  held on May 9, 2012 at the School of Agricultural Sciences Conference Room.

 

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Utilizing sugarcane industrial wastes for animal feeds and fuel: CAES makes a Milk booster and Briquettes from sugar cane molasses and trash.

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has made a milk booster to mitigate mulnutrion, extreme hunger and poverty through improved milk production, nutrition and improved daily cash flow among farmers. The milk booster is a new innovation involving the use of sugar cane industrial waste of molasses mixed with other ingredients like maize bran, cotton seed cake, urea, mineral salts and lime.

The project entitled, “Participatory research for technology development on use of Molasses Urea Blocks (MUB) and local feedstuff for improved dairy cattle production in Uganda”, was spear headed by Dr Fred Kabi of the Department of Agricultural production. The project started in September, 2008. The first production was recorded in December 2011.

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The briquettes as an alternative source of fuel to conserve the environment.

The college has come up with a basic technology that can be adopted at family level to manufacture briquettes using crop residues such as sugarcane tops and trash, coffee and rice husks, bean wastes, maize stalks, grass, leaves and small branches. This is aimed at reducing stress on the environment.

In addition to the sugar cane trash, other crop residues like coffee husks, rice and soybean husks have been dry distilled in a study at Kabanyolo and in combination with sugar cane molasses,  fuel briquettes have been produced. The technology of the milk booster was spearheaded by Dr. Fred Kabi, of the Department of Agricultural Production while the technology of fuel briquettes was also spear headed by Dr. Fred Kabi assisted by Azis Dara Charles a Mechanical and Production engineering Technician.

 

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Integrating ICT in Agriculture as an extension service to address farmer’s challenges

Makerere University Agriculture Research Institute (MUARIK), has successfully piloted an ICT-based information sharing platform that has enabled farmers in South Western Uganda access information through Mobile Phones, Radio, website, Open and Distance Learning materials for Development (ODL4D)

This is part of the effort by Makerere University to address the problem of extension services in rural and hard to reach areas. One of the biggest challenges Ugandan farmers are facing is lack of access to extension service providers who can offer the right and timely information on best agricultural practices. On average the ratio of extension service providers to farmers   stands at 1: 25000.

 

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