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Mak-RIF Pig AI Technology Proposal Well Received in Wakiso District

  • In Innovation
  • 19 Mar 2020 - 7:03pm
  • By Mark Wamai
  • 569
Participants pose for a group photo after the consultative meeting with the Project PI-Assoc. Prof. Donald Rugira Kugonza (2nd Row Standing-Right), Dr. Anena Catherine Pauline (Left), Ms. Lydia Magala (2nd Left), Mr. Robert Natumanya (2nd Row Standing-3rd Right) and Dr. Gideon Nadiope (3rd Row Standing-2nd Right) pm 18th March 2020, Wakiso District Headquarters, Uganda.

Farmers, Technicians and District Staff in Wakiso have expressed readiness to implement the Makerere University proposal to improve the piggery sector by upscaling the Pig Artificial Insemination (AI) Technology and improved genetics funded by Government of Uganda through the Research and Innovation Fund (RIF).

A multi-disciplinary research team from Makerere University working on the project titled, “Integrating Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Elite Pig Genetics to transform the Pig Value Chain in Uganda”, on 18th March, 2020 held a consultative meeting with Piggery farmers, Veterinary officers and AI Technicians at Wakiso District Headquarters.

The project was conceived by a team of five including; Assoc. Prof. Donald Rugira Kugonza (PI) from the Department of Agricultural Production, School of Agricultural Sciences (SAS), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). Others are Dr. Anena Catherine Pauline from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Dr. Gideon Nadiope, Director, IOWA State University –Uganda Program (ISU-UP), Ms. Lydia Magala from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and Mr. Robert Natumanya the AI expert from the Department of Agricultural Production, SAS, CAES.

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