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Makerere University launched facility to support diary farming

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The Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) on Thursday 25th August 2022 officially handed over a facility to Makerere University aiming at improving productivity f diary Farmers in Uganda.
The facility Implemented under the Korea Uganda Dairy Project is housed at the Nakyesasa Incubation Centre, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), on the fringes of the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge.


The ceremony was presided over by the Chairperson Appointments Board, Counsel Innocent Kihika, who represented both the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa and the Chairperson, Makerere University Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara.


Counsel Innocent Kihika (R) presents an appreciation award to Hon. KIM Byung-Soo (2nd R) as H.E. PARK Sung-Soo (2nd L) and Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) witness.
Counsel Innocent Kihika (R) presents an appreciation award to Hon. KIM Byung-Soo (2nd R) as H.E. PARK Sung-Soo (2nd L) and Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) witness.
The facility was handed over to the Principal CoVAB, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine by the Vice President KRC, Hon. KIM Byung-Soo following a tour of the premises, where the investment in dairy technology and infrastructure was appreciated. Present were the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Uganda, H.E. PARK Sung-Soo, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Commissioner for Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Dr. Anna Rose Ademun Okurut who represented the Permanent Secretary Maj. Gen. David Kasura Kyomukama.

Hon. KIM Byung-Soo (R) and Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine (L) shake hands after exchanging signed documents after the handover of the KUDaP Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility at Nakyesasa, CoVAB.
Hon. KIM Byung-Soo (R) and Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine (L) shake hands after exchanging signed documents after the handover of the KUDaP Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility at Nakyesasa, CoVAB.
Others were the Chairperson KUDaP Steering Committee, Prof. William Bazeyo, Executive Director, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Dr. Michael Kansiime, KUDaP Project Manager, Prof. LEE Hak-Kyo, KUDaP Principal Investigator and Dean School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources (SVAR), CoVAB, Prof. Robert Tweyongyere, Assistant Commissioner Information and Communication, MAAIF, Ms. Consolata Acayo, Members of Makerere University Management, Officials from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Jeonbuk National University (JNBU), Korea, Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA) President, Dr. Daniel Kasibule among others.

Dr. Michael Kansiime (R), Ms. Consolata Acayo (2nd R), Dr. Daniel Kasibule (L) and another official at the event.
Dr. Michael Kansiime (R), Ms. Consolata Acayo (2nd R), Dr. Daniel Kasibule (L) and another official at the event.
KUDaP came into force following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) Korea on 17th December 2018. The project that commenced in February 2019 is implemented by SVAR and the National Animal Genetic Resource and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB) in collaboration with JNBU. It is aimed at: Establishing a model farm to train students, dairy farmers, extension workers and Artificial Insemination Technicians; Establishing an elite dairy herd in Makerere University; and Promoting improved dairy production practices in Uganda.

Counsel Innocent Kihika (2nd R), H.E. PARK Sung-Soo (2nd L), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) and Hon. KIM Byung-Soo after unveiling the foundation stone of the Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility.
Counsel Innocent Kihika (2nd R), H.E. PARK Sung-Soo (2nd L), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) and Hon. KIM Byung-Soo after unveiling the foundation stone of the Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility.
The components of the KUDaP Project are;

Construction of a Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility at Makerere;
Provision of dairy cows, high quality semen and embryos to farmers;
Capacity building in dairy feeds production; and
Upgrading/supporting breeding laboratory capacity at NAGRC&DB as well as human capacity development in Dairying in Uganda.
In his remarks, the Guest of Honour, Counsel Innocent Kihika congratulated Makerere University and CoVAB in particular upon successfully commissioning the Dairy Development Project, especially during a year when both the institution and college mark 100 and 50 years of existence respectively, two years into the implementation of the ten-year strategic plan.

Counsel Innocent Kihika makes his remarks.
Counsel Innocent Kihika makes his remarks.
“The Council has continued to emphasise the need to align our research with the requirements of national development as articulated in the National Development Plan and various instruments of Government and the private sector” he said.

Counsel Kihika emphasised that agriculture remains a primary employer in Uganda and any improvements in the sector would directly contribute to the growth of decent jobs in the value chains. “I must say that right now people are very excited with what is happening with Uganda’s oil in the Albertine rift valley but when you go deep into that, you will see that agriculture is the core of our economy and the oil is just a catalyst to that.”

Cattle feeding on a mixture of hay and silage in the IMO shed at the facility.
Cattle feeding on a mixture of hay and silage in the IMO shed at the facility.
The Guest of Honour noted that the commissioning of the facility at Nakyesasa positions Makerere University for robust research and technology transfer in the dairy sub-sector as part of the institution’s continued contribution to national development. He extended an open invitation to Ambassador PARK Sung-Soo to be a part Makerere‘s plans to develop its seven square mile acre property in Kyankwanzi District as well as the Buyana Stock Farm in Mpigi District.

“I wish to pledge the Council’s commitment to continuously improving the framework conditions for research through policy making, facility linkages with the relevant government entities and mobilising the required human resources” he concluded.

Some of the Members of Management, CoVAB officials and other guests that graced the event.
Some of the Members of Management, CoVAB officials and other guests that graced the event.
Reiterating the emphasis of agriculture to Uganda’s economy, Ambassador PARK Sung-Soo admitted that the sector has been a pertinent issue in the Republic of Korea’s partnership strategy with Uganda. He added that the KUDaP project is very meaningful for the future of Uganda because as everybody knows, this future lies in rural development.

“Agriculture including livestock and dairy industry is the backbone of Uganda’s economy. The dairy industry is especially a promising sector in Uganda’s agriculture; it is growing at a rate of 8-10% every year” remarked the H.E. Park.

The Ambassador added that the new President of the Republic of Korea, H.E. YOON Suk-Yeol is desirous of strengthening his country’s relationship with African Heads of State, with a special Korea-Africa summit planned for the second half of 2024 in Seoul. “I am 100% sure that this event will create new momentum to open a new chapter in the Korea-Africa cooperation and I believe that Uganda will be a part of this history-making process.”

He congratulated Makerere University upon celebrating 100 years of existence and pledged to continue strengthening cooperation and knowledge exchange with the institution. “I really hope that through this dairy project, Korea and Uganda may strengthen our mutual understanding and trust and extend our cooperation and collaboration into other fields and areas.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe makes his remarks at the facility handover event.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe makes his remarks at the facility handover event.
Addressing the gathering, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe emphasised the readiness by Makerere and CoVAB to demonstrate that they are doing things differently especially as they celebrate their 100th and 50th anniversaries respectively.

“The facility was have launched today is a demonstration that we are ready to do things differently and that we are becoming more relevant to our community. As the top national university, we must address the challenges that face our country, whose population is growing exponentially” remarked Prof. Nawangwe.

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