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    The School of Agricultural Sciences (SAS)

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    The School of Food Technologies, Nutrition and Bio Engineering (SFTNB)

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    The School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS)

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    The Department of Environmental Management (Former MUIENR)

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CAES Meets Assistant IGP Elizabeth Muwanga

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences(CAES) on February 1 2012, met with the Assistant Inspector General of  Uganda Police who is also in charge for Production and Welfare Elizabeth Muwanga to discuss modalities to utilise police farm land in Yumbe and Masindi.

Chairing  the meeting the Ag.  Deputy Principal CAES Prof. Frank Kansiime said the purpose of the meeting was to forge a way of working together with government to enhance agricultural productivity in the Uganda Police Force and how to make Makerere more relevant and reach out to the communities.

 

Prof. Kansiime told members that the College representatives met with the Uganda Prisons officials and drafted a Memorandum of Understanding awaiting clearance by  the Solicitor General.

He also said the College and Police representatives had visited the piece of land in Yumbe earmarked as a training unit for Uganda  Police for food production the previous week and would like to plan how to translate that land into productivity.

The Assistant IGP    Elizabeth Muwanga reported that one of the force’s concerns was that Police was incurring expenses in buying food.

She said the force had an 80km (approx. 4 sq miles) piece of land in Iririm- Yumbe bordering Karamoja and Katakwi  and  another  600 acres( abt 1 sq mile) in Masindi  for agriculture adding that the IGP would like to see the three institutions namely; Makerere, Uganda Police and Prisons take off immediately with the land in Yumbe because natives there were very willing.

Muwanga also said the Police force had been lacking some human resources but had managed to  grab some young graduates now recruited as cadets. She  introduced Cadet Benard  Abasi who accompanied her as a  graduate of  BSc. Agriculture who  had been posted to her office to  steer the program.

Members expressed the willingness and readiness to work with Uganda Prisons and Police on grounds that they had the expertise needed. They however expressed the need to do an assessment of which crops will do best  in available land  basing on the weather patterns, consider the labour aspect and ascertain if  the landscape  allows  for  mechanisation  and to be  careful with   crop selection  for Yumbe  especially maize as this may fail due to problematic rainfall patterns.

Among proposals were  to start with what was applicable in the particular areas  basing on natural rainfall and plan for irrigation later, ask people how long the rains last and  possibly get data from the meteorological department,  inquire  on soil types and when  planting and harvesting starts in each area.

It was also poposed that  information  on how  maize and beans perform in  Masindi should be gathered and there after  early maturing  varieties would be introduced. Other proposals were the inception of industrial tomato production and livestock in the project areas so that crop residues can be utilised as feeds for beef production and starting a small canning industry for fortified food for the forces.

It was observed that although  cassava  would be best option for Yumbe  due to its  marketability, drought tolerance  and  viability to  produce dry rations like packed ugali for the forces and its  commercial use like brewing,  one of the biggest challenges in the country was  obtaining tonnage of clean planting materials   hence risky  to start with.

Soya bean was seen as having an advantage because of seed availability and weather friendliness that could be converted into various value added products and linked up with seed companies in Yumbe while Mak soy varieties would be introduced for commercial vegetable oil production and food.

Sorghum was also seen as  another viable crop for Yumbe  where Sweet sorghum  variety for food and bio fuels would be introduced  for food security and  commercial purposes through  partnership with  breweries.

Members agreed to sell the idea of using the forces’ farms to  produce and multiply clean  seeds for the entire  population  to the IGP  and to immediately set off  by planting one  suitable  crop for  available farms.

They also agreed to plan how to work with Uganda Prisons and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) on how to mechanise those areas.  Dr.Denis Mpairwe was asked to find out if MAAIF can loan out tractors, their accessories and operators.

A visit to Yumbe was scheduled for   Friday February 15, 2013 to Sunday February 17, 2013. CAES team comprised four people, Eng. Micheal Iwadra, Dr.J B Tumuhairwe, Dr. SB Mukasa and Dr. Denis Mpairwe while Police was represented by Ms.  Elizabeth Muwanga and  Cadet Benard Abasi

Also agreed was that the team would come up with the structure of the draft proposal with a preamble on planned activities and a budget,  sit together and digest it before presenting to the IGP and then schedule a visit to Masindi and come up with another proposal.

The project would also benefit CAES  by having students attached for internship on these projects.

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