Tottori University -Japan seeks collaboration with Makerere University
Representatives from Tottori University Japan on July 6, 2012,visited Makerere University to discuss some of the issues they would like to bring to the attention of the University in regard to their proposed collaboration.
Associate professor Nishihara Eiji accompanied by Doctoral student Frank Kalema paid a courtesy call to the Ag. Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Prof Samuel Kyamanywa who led them to the Vice Chancellor Makerere University, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba.
Dr. Moses Tenywa, Assoc. Prof. Nishihara Eiji, Ag. Principal CAES Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa and Graduate student Frank Kalema leave CAES for a meeting with the VC.
Prof. Eiji said, Tottori University would like to promote collaborative research, have student exchange scheme, establish an Agro - technology Park and start intensive energy system among others. “We would like to conduct research and promote an exchange program for graduate students between Makerere and Tottori University” He said.
Ag. Vice Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba welcomed the collaboration advising the guests to look at CAES as the best college in agricultural and environmental related research in the region. “We look forward to a vibrant collaboration, we would like to cooperate with you and all we want is to sign that agreement to set up an Agro - park”. Prof. Baryamureeba said.
He said the University has been working with ICAAD and JICA but would like to set up a facility at Kabanyolo to host their project.
After the meeting with the Vc. Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba
Ag.Principal CAES Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa expressed the college commitment to work with Tottori University saying, the proposal fits well in the college strategic plan. “ For us we are ready, we are very committed and going to make everything possible to establish the relationship but we need an integrated approach in agriculture and to be strategic”. He said.
Later in the day, the visiting Tottori University Assoc. Prof. Nishihara Eiji made presentations on the significance and design of the Agro - Park System. He said the purpose of the Agro -Park system is to learn all possible new and traditional technologies which can be utilized in agricultural fields and promote sustainable agricultural systems while recycling waste residues.
The proposed Agro - park system in the University farm would consist of an Aquaponic production, Bio char and manure compositing production from crop residues and animal dung, Horticultural production in glass house and plant factory, Micro Hydraulic Power unit and crop production including Agro - forestry among others.