Prospective farmers both in urban and rural areas will have no excuse of not harvesting money from piggery under the pretext of noise, bad odour and cost of feeding. Organic piggery, a cost effective arming system using Indigenous Micro Organisms(IMO) is the way to go.
The innovation was introduced by South Korean Professor Hong Yo Lee in 2011 at Makerere University Research Institute Kabanyolo under the theme “Mindset Change in Uganda”. Prof. Hong Yo Lee gave students the project of Organic piggery which they have tested and proved efficient.
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For a long time industrial and agro processing residues have never been optimally used. Many times the breweries have been struggling to dispose brewers spent grain, a by product of beer production. Crop residues like the maize stovers are always burnt and cleared off after harvesting, while sugarcane factories have been grappling how to dispose off molasses, a byproduct from sugar.
Researchers at Makerere University are now converting these waste materials into high quality feeds for livestock dubbed the “Feedlot technology.” In 2011, researchers at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences embarked on research involving the use of industrial and crop residues in feeding animals to boost beef production in the country. The major feeds used in this program are the Maize bran, molasses, brewers spent grain from Luzira and Jinja, Maize stovers and mineral sources locally available.
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Animal scientist at Makerere University College of agricultural and Environmental Sciences are advocating for a rangeland management policy to protect and guide the use of rangelands.
According to Dr. Denis Mpairwe, unlike the olden days when rangelands were inhabitable and solely used for livestock, social and economic factors have seen many of rangelands depleted and occupied for settlement and other economic gains.
“Most livestock in the country that is goats sheep cattle are concentrated in the range land and cover 43% of the country and in Uganda the livestock contributes 17% of the GDP. That is why we need a policy for it because it is where we get milk, beef hides and skins and life animals for sale.” Dr. Mpairwe said.
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The Governing Council of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) has nominated Prof. Elly Sabiiti to serve as a member on the Advisory Committee. This follows the Council
In a request letter to Prof. Sabiiti, Secretary General AAS, Dr. Shem Arungu- Olende indicated that Prof. Sabiiti would serve in the field of Agricultural Sciences adding that the academy was committed to streamlining and modernizing these membership development processes to make them less time consuming and deficient.