CAES acquires a modern state-of- the art Biotechnology laboratory
Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) on April 18 ,2012 acquired a modern state – of – the- art biotechnology laboratory funded by the Millennium Sciences Initiative(MSI) , a grant from World Bank to Government of Uganda.
The 250 million shillings building is one of the activities to create cereal research centers under the initiative called Cereals Improvement project. The core objective is to produce cereals that are drought resistant and high yielding.
The laboratory was handed over to the Project Principal Investigator, Assoc. Prof. Patrick Okori by the Assistant Executive Secretary National Council for Science and Technology, Julius Ecuru at Makerere University Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK).
Ecuru thanked the consultancy and construction firms for the job well-done. He said MSI was set up to help Ugandans offer high quality research describing the laboratory as a seed and a realization of the council’s objectives. “It is beautiful to have such a facility and we hope that it will provide the best environment for scientists to be productive", he said.
Principal investigator, Associate Prof. Patrick Okori expressed appreciation for the council’s support to offer a modern laboratory that MUARIK has never had before." We can do high scale genetics work, and active research which is part of MSI work. The lab oratory has been opened and will become operational when we transfer our equipment within a months time". Dr. Okori said.
He said, the modern laboratory was originally a dilapidated and disused drying shed that was rehabilitated by Plan Build Construction Company Limited with technical consultancy services from Primavara limited. The works started April 2011.
The laboratory is composed of student rooms, general laboratory, specialized laboratories, store and lavatories with the capacity to accommodate 12 postgraduate students and 20 to 30 undergraduate students running it at ago.
Primavara Consultant Olowo Jerome Stowel assured the project sponsors and beneficiaries that the project was at an acceptable level for handing over pledging the company's commitment to fulfill the six months liability to address any challenge that may arise from the construction works .
He hailed the project leader Dr Okori for his commitment and love for the university describing him as a big asset.