(The Director MUZARDI Dr. Beatrice Akello Omonuk poses with the award for 3rd best exhibitor as Chairman NARO council Dr. J.Obua and DDG Dr. Imelda Kashaija look on.)
MUZARDI scientists participated in the first Joint NARO-MAK conference on Agricultural Dissemination held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda on 21-24th November 2016.The conference was aimed at creating a platform for dissemination, dialoguing and showcasing of modern agricultural research findings, technologies and other innovations targeting socio-economic transformation. The conference comprised of more than 20 sessions and was graced by distinguished keynote speakers, the DG NARO, MPs, NARO governing council members, scientists from all over the world; posters; scientific papers, and technology exhibitions of ready-to-use innovations. The Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries and MP Kalungu East Hon. Vincent Bamulagaaki Ssempijja was the official guest at the opening ceremony where he represented the Prime Minister right Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
Conference Objectives included;
(a) Disseminate agricultural research outputs in the form of technologies, innovations, knowledge and information;
(b) Dialogue on current bottlenecks to effective contribution of agricultural research to sustained agricultural transformation; and
(c) Leverage synergies among actors within the agricultural sector for meaningful agricultural development
The theme for the conference stated "Agricultural Research and Innovation for Socio-Economic Transformation”. This theme was divided into five subthemes that included: Partnerships for enhancing utilization of agricultural innovations, advances in agricultural innovations for increased competitiveness, closing the gender gap in agricultural transformation, strengthening enabling environment for agricultural transformation and mainstreaming evaluation research in agricultural initiatives.
A scientist presenting a paper during the conference and Ms. Susan at the exhibition
Among the key factors highlighted during the conference was the need to focus on food security, farmer improved incomes through increased agricultural exports and use of modern and quality technologies. The Institute was represented by the Director Dr. Akello Beatrice and eleven other scientists who presented scientific papers and posters.
Ms. Molly Allen a research assistant won an award of 3rd best presenter with her paper entitled, “Breeding to combine beta carotene and tolerance to cassava Brown Streak disease in Uganda’. The paper focused on developing yellow cassava varieties as good in Cassava Brown streak as most popular varieties. These would be good for communities where cassava is staple food to provide Vitamin A to children under five and to pregnant mothers.
Together with other NARO institutes and private sector organizations, MUZARDI also show cased and exhibited information products (brochures and farmer guide) on Urban and Peri-urban farming and well packaged seed from one of its many farmer groups by the names of Nkonkonjeru seed processors based in Buikwe district. Seed of Bugga, Nakati, Jjobyo and Bugga(Amaranth)was exhibited in packs of 35grames each sold for 1000 Uganda shillings each and the farmer group was represented by Ms. Susan Nakyazze from Senyi village, Buikwe. MUZARDI also scooped another award for best 3rd exhibitor at this conference which was also a good output.
MUZARDI scientists and the Director Dr. Beatrice Akello(seated extreme right)at the conferenceHits: 2370