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CAES Students-Developed KeBELA BIOSENSOR To Boost Organic Farming

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Students from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University have come up with a user friendly and affordable technology dubbed, KeBELA BIOSENSOR to test farm produce for pesticide residues. Since access to organic agricultural market demands that produce has to be certified by an accredited certification body, KeBELA Technology is seeking to ease and quicken the process by producing an affordable and user-friendly technology, which can be employed by the certification bodies to cut down the cost of certification and hence ease access to the global organic market by farmers.

KeBELA is a handheld device that is designed to detect and quantify levels of pesticide residues in agricultural products. This innovation is led by Ambrose Kamya, a fourth year BSc. Agriculture student mentored by Prof. Fred Kabi.

This device is linked to a mobile application that automatically receives the test results using Bluetooth and centralizes all the information thereby making farmers visible in the market space as well as aiding government planning and increasing traceability for export.

The use of the mobile application linked to the gadget helps in identifying the farmer physical location by GPS coordinates. The gadget also indicates the farmers’ products tested in real time.

“We are currently working with National Organic Agriculture Movement Uganda (NOGAMU) to create a data bank of all organic farmers who can be traced by their organic produce and physical location.

 The data bank will be updated by the information collected using the gadget and a highway will be used to deliver the updates to the central location.
The exporters and importers of organic products will then be able to access or trace the farmers using the data bank to which NOGAMU will have the key,” Ambrose Kamya the student explained.

This will make it easy for the importers and exporters to access farmers without necessarily visiting their farm physically.  

“We have applied for a national patent to Uganda Registration Services bureau (URSB) and have got a file number. However, due to the high regional demand for the technology within the organic sector, we are applying to ARIPO for a regional patent but financial constraints have deterred the process, Kamya further said.
                           
Proposed design of the KeBELA BIOSENSOR

Proposed design of the KeBELA BIOSENSOR developed by Ambrose Kamya under the mentorship of Prof. Fred Kabi                                 

Kamya was one of the CAES students that exhibited during 26th Source of the Nile Agricultural Show and Trade Fair held from 13th to 22nd July, 2018. The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja hailed Kamya for the technology and expressed interest to visit the CAES and interact with the students about the future of KeBELA BIOSENSOR.

Why KeBELA BIOSENSOR?

The certification process for organic farmers is expensive. This is partly because the current technologies used for testing farm produce for pesticide residues are not only sophisticated but time consuming. This has scared away many potential organic farmers from seeking certification services even when they follow ecological farming principles.

Such farmers who would be candidates for certification recruitment end up selling their produce to the conventional market thus losing out on premium prices. Therefore, despite the increasing demand for organic agricultural produce both domestically and globally, many Ugandan farmers fail to exploit this great global market opportunity worth 80billion US dollars.

According to NOGAMU, the situation can be improved if user-friendly and affordable technologies for testing pesticide residues can be developed. Since access to organic agricultural market demands that produce has to be certified by an accredited certification body, KeBELA Technology is seeking to ease and quicken the process by producing an affordable and user-friendly technology, which can be employed by the certification bodies to cut down the cost of certification and hence ease access to the global organic market by farmers.

Report compiled by;
Jane Anyango,
Principal Communication Officer, CAES

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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