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Mak Implements Low Cost Water Harvesting, Irrigation & Vegetable Value Addition in Hoima

The Project Principal Investigator, Dr. Joshua Wanyama makes a presentation to stakeholders during the workshop held on 22nd May 2018 to mark the end of the project, KonTIK Hotel, Hoima, Uganda

Makerere University School of Food Technology Nutrition and Bio engineering has implemented low cost rain water harvesting, irrigation and postharvest value addition technologies among farmer groups in Mid Western Uganda to improve horticultural production and farmers livelihoods.

The technologies were implemented under the project titled, “Promotion of rainwater harvesting and low-head smallholder irrigation systems for sustained market responsive vegetable production in mid-western Uganda,” funded by the World Bank  through NARO Competitive Grants Scheme from 2016-2018.

The project was hosted at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University as the lead institution. Project collaborators included Agricultural Engineering and Appropriate Technology Research Centre of the National Agricultural Research Organization (AEATREC-NARO) and Hoima District Local Government

One of the beneficiaries Mrs. Sayuni Byaruhanga of Buswekera village uses a solar dryer to dehydrate her fresh vegetables

It was spearheaded by the Makerere University Don-Dr. Joshua Wanyama as the Principal Investigator, assisted by other researchers including Nanyeenya Ntege William, Mutumba Charles, Tumutegyereize Peter, Komakech Allan, Kiggundu Nicholas, Candia Alphonse, Kiyimba Florence and Kyaligonza Charles.

The project was carried out in the peri-urban areas of Nyabuhere village, Bugambe Sub County and Buswekera village, Busisi and Kikwite Village, Mparo Division, Hoima Municipality. In this area, there is an unexploited niche market from the emerging hotels, rapid urbanization and the emerging oil and gas industry.

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Article by Jane Anyango, Communication Officer, CAES


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