CAES celebrates Kabanyolo Day
Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has celebrated the Grand Annual Kabanyolo Day with a call on the public and all stake holders to invest in Agriculture as a major source of livelihood for improved food security and economic gains.
The function was organized by the third year agriculture students with the aim of bringing professionals together to share professional experience and contribute jointly to the development of Uganda.
This year, Kabanyolo Day was celebrated on Saturday April 14, 2012 under the theme, “Commercialization and Risk Management in Agriculture for national economic development under the topic Modernization of Agriculture and National Economic Development. The guiding question was, “Does socio economic development of Uganda lie in modernization of Agriculture?”
Speaking on behalf of the Ag. Principal, the warden Kabanyolo hostel Nalwanga Rose underscored the role of agriculture in Uganda’s economy and agricultural training institutions in producing the human resources that can provide solutions to emerging needs like food security and environmental stress,. “Makerere has been a model. As professionals you need to be competent, disciplined and apply skills and knowledge acquired to meet the market needs and overcome challenges”.
Guild representatives and leaders from the host and visiting Universities reminded participants that the future of the economy lies in agriculture. They challenged graduates to stand up for the challenges and play a role in advancing agricultural production to solve the problem of food insecurity through the application of skills and knowledge acquired.
“ There is no doubt that the transformation of agriculture and Ugandan industry and service lies in agriculture because 80% in the first place are employed by agriculture so it makes sence to support the 80% to push the purchasing power of the majority of Ugandans” said Ariong Richard, the Guild representative Kabanyolo.
The function attracted students from Gulu and Kyambogo University and the Swedish Agricultural University of Agriculture. The event was marked by different activities including innovation exhibitions, fashion show, sports, poems, dance competitions and bull roasting. Scientific innovations included organic piggery, mashroom growing, value addition and banana tissue culture.The occasion was also marked by a hand over ceremony to the new MUASA leadership where outgoing leaders were given certificates of merit for outstanding performance.