Monday, 03 September 2018 15:32

UCU hailed for farming advocacy

By Lhwanzu Kitooke

 

State Minister fpr Primary Education Hon. Rosemary Nansubuga Senninde (MP) and Gayaza High School Head teacher Victoria Kisarale Serunkuma inspecting students' Agricultural products at the 5th Annual Farm Camp.Uganda Christian University has been hailed for advocating farming during the 5th Annual Farm Camp at Gayaza High School from 24th - 30th August, 2018.

Speaking at the Farm Camp, the Chief Guest who was the State Minister for Primary Education Hon. RoseMary Nansubuga Senninde (MP) thanked the University for using practicability in enhancing and encouraging student to be key participants in agricultural trainings.

“Many teachers use a lot of theory, they only care about students passing yet it’s important to equip them with practical knowledge for better understanding of how things are done in the field,”

“I also thank Gayaza High School for being demonstrative in their farm projects. If every school in the country did the same, there would be no hunger in Ugandan Schools,” she said.

In the same vein, the Minister encouraged the youth to have a positive mind-set towards farming since it’s the backbone of the country Uganda. She also promised to advocate for farming in all Academic Institutions to promote a good balance diet for students and Agribusiness.

The theme of the of the 7-days event “Youth in Agriculture; exploring the opportunities in the farming value,” pleased the Chief Guest and encouraged the youth to stand up for a common cause (farming).

A Brassica Oleracea garden by Uganda Christian University's Agricultural team at Gayaza High School

Under UCU’s Faculty of Science & Technology, the Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences established an Urban garden at Gayaza High School that has helped students do practical work during their times of study.

However, the University also show-cased an Automated irrigation system that operates by the use of a mobile application. This system was initiated by Joseph Ndayebwa Wembete a former student at the University and currently an IT teaching Assistant at UCU.

Brenda Nakyewa and Jovan Kyambade teaching Assistants from UCU’s Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences were among the key facilitators during the 5th Annual Fam Camp at Gayaza High School.

A team from Uganda Christian University's Agricultural Department pose for a photo with Gayaza High School's Student Facilitators at the 5th Annual Farm Camp.

“We were here last year and I am glad that Gayaza High School Students have maintained and even modified what we initiated at the farm, they are hardworking and corporative,” Nakyewa said.

“I think we should also start demonstrative work on UCU owned farms so that we can entirely be able to lead by example,” Kyambade said.

The school Head-teacher also addressed UCU as a demonstrative University, she thanked the Agricultural team for their support, knowledge and skills at their fam. “We thank all sponsors and partners for the word done so far, we are so much humbled for working with you towards implementing agricultural knowledge to the young generation,” she said.

The main purpose of this event was to widely spread entrepreneurship amongst the youth since it’s a major driver for innovation, competitiveness and growth.

A facilitator demonstrating to students and farmers on how best they can grow Onions with ease.

Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences is currently headed by Dr. Elizabeth Kizito who has spear-headed and participated in many agricultural projects like PAEPARD (Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development).

The Department is also in active partnerships with several Agricultural projects and organisations that include; National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Regional Universities Forum for capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFOUM), University of California, Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA), University of Ghana and Afrisol Network.

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