Senegalese Delegation visits MUARIK
A team of researchers, extension service providers and Directors in different Universities in Senegal visited Makerere University Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) and expressed satisfaction over the research work taking place promising possible collaboration to enhance knowledge generation and agricultural productivity in Africa.
The 25 man delegation was led by Deputy Chief of Party USAID/ERA, Dr. Demba Farba Mbaye and received by CAES Principal, Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa at the Continuing Agricultural Education Centre (CAEC) in Kabanyolo on April 23,2012.
The team was on a tour across Universities in USA and Africa to acquaint itself with the programmes, research and extension services undertaken and to seek possible collaboration to enhance partnership in training and research .
In his welcome remarks, Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa oriented the visitors into the college units, student population, under graduate and graduate programmes offered. He told the delegation that CAES had a student population of 3750 students about 1000 of these were postgraduate with 7 Masters programmes where the college would love to have collaboration.
“We have been collaborating with Virginia Tech University for the last 20years. So we are looking for new partnership between Makerere and Senegal through Virginia Tech University. So for me, I am excited and ready to support this in terms of research because we have done a lot”. Prof. Kyamanywa Said.
Deputy Chief of Party Dr. Demba Farba Mbaye expressed appreciation for Makerere staff warm welcome. “ We wish to learn more agricultural systems in Uganda and pick success from our counterpart universities as key in developing future human resources for Africa to improve on agriculture” He said.
The college staff in a guided tour took different groups to different research projects. Dr. John James Okiror led one group to the Learning Service Program for changing the mindset of agricultural students where they were introduced to the Organic piggery project.
Dr. Kwezira oriented another group through the Animal Breeding section particularly the Mubende Goats while Dr. Patrick Okori presented research activities in Crop breeding and Tissue Culture Laboratory.
The team commended the college for the job well-done pledging to work with the college to start some of the projects in Senegal. ‘Thank you for your hospitality. Indeed, we are happy to have seen and shared a lot and hope we will patner with the university and move together to improve agriculture in Afrca”. Dr. Papa Madiallake Diedhiou said on behalf of the team.
Two days later the team visited the School of Food technology on the April 26, 2012 where they were received by the Dean Prof. John Muyonga and heads of the departments Assoc. Prof. William Kyamuhangire and Archileo Kaaya