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.