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WHO in an appraisal Visit to CoVAB

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The World Health Organisation Regional Experts Advisory Committee on Traditional Medicine for Covid-19 Response on Monday 7th March 2022 visited the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio Security (CoVAB) to take stock of the developments in clinical trials and other efforts in the development of drugs and vaccines to address COVID 19.

The team that made a guided tour of the facilities and activities undertaken in the Centre for Bio Security and Global Health (CeBIGH) was also briefed about a number of ongoing studies.

The Head of the delegation of the WHO/REACT mission Prof. Joseph Okeibunor said the team of regional experts was at the college to take a look at the infrastructure in place, document the successes so far realised in the clinical efforts, identify gaps and to make recommendations for further support towards the ongoing efforts.

The Principal COVAB Prof. Frank Mwiine (2nd L) and Prof. John David Kabasa (L) with the team from WHO.

He said the visiting team would identify areas of support towards the acceleration of the processes of the development of traditional medicine to address COVID- 19.

Prof. Joseph Okeibunor was happy to note that there were already a number of successful interventions in the use of traditional medicine in the treatment of COVID 19, citing the example of the remedy in Madagascar and that the mission of the world Health organization at COVAB was to take stock of what was happening in regard to the processing of Traditional Medicine in order to ensure standardization and proper packaging to levels that were internationally satisfactory.

He said their mission in the college was to make a rapid appraisal of the available capacities in regard to internationally set standards and also come up with a plan to provide technical support in raising the national capacity in the development of Traditional medicine.

Prof Matovu Enoch guiding the team during the tour of the bio security Center.

While welcoming the team to the College, Prof. Norbert Frank Mwiine, the Principal CoVAB said Makerere University was celebrating 100 years of its existence and that this period was characterized by lots of research output in the region and globally.  He said Uganda and Africa in general was naturally endowed and that in the past parents and grandparents used traditional medicine for various ailments including treatment of cattle.  He urged researchers to take on the duty of identifying such knowledge and information the way it was passed on to the present generation.

He said the College had for the past sixteen years been involved in research with a number of successful outcomes as evidenced in Covidex, a product by Professor Ogwang, who was one of the beneficiaries of the programs offered at the College. He said the President of the republic of Uganda gave a go ahead to such products in order to increase the care for the people infected with COVID 19, amidst the limited number of vaccinated people and that the College was proud to be associated with the success realised.

‘In western Uganda where I grew up, I learnt how to treat animals using traditional medicine, he said adding that the ongoing research at the College is embracing ethnobotany and not purely western medicines.

The representative form the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation said as a Ministry, they were proud of CoVAB and that researchers at the College were some of the initial Scientists the Ministry worked with in the establishment of central laboratory facilities and drug development.  She commended the contribution made by Prof. John David Kabasa as Principal Investigator who was instrumental in the implementation of this Presidential Initiative since the year 2020 that helped in nurturing the pathogen economy. ‘We needed central facilities because many institutions were not in position to set up such initiatives’ she said. She noted that the Scientists were ready for the clinical trials as well as animal trials despite the gaps identified. She said the ministry set up a number of teams of innovators some in the academia while others were out there in the communities.

In order to appreciate the positioning of traditional medicine in the College, a presentation was made about the central Laboratory Animal Research Facility (CLARF). It was explained that the process was on to establish a state of the Art animal house to include both large and small experimental animals at CoVAB for production, testing and diagnosis therapeutics.

The goal was to commercially produce biological molecules for diagnosis, treatment and control of infectious diseases as well as breed and sell lab animal services

Prof. Enoch Matovu further illustrated a number of ongoing research projects in the Centre for Bio Security and Global Health, a centre focused on strategic research.  These included the Anti-Tick Vaccine development project, the Safe fish project, COVID 19 Elisa surveillance and the COVID 19 Sub Unit Vaccine among many others.

The WHO team among others comprised of Ossy M.J Kasilo, Regional Advisor for Traditional Medicine from Brazaville Congo, Prof Motlalepulan G. Matsabisa from University of Free State, South Africa.

The Visit by the team from WHO follows a number of earlier processes that started off with the Office of the President’s decision to drive 8 industrial value chains that were prioritised for development one of which was the pathogen economy or pathogen Industrial chains.  One of the components of these industrial chains was in the natural products or herbal industry under the stewardship of Prof. John David Kabasa.

CoVAB was identified as a major stakeholder in the natural products Industry in Uganda and Africa. It hosted and coordinated the development of African natural herbal products, research and training network which involved a number of countries in east Africa including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. To date, The network has trained over 20 PhDs and 38 MSC Scientists.

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Dissemination & stakeholder engagements on Paratuberculosis Research findings held

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The Principal CoVAB, Prof. Frank Nobert Mwiine (5th Left) and the Principal MakCHS, Prof. Damalie Nakanjako (8th Left) with stakeholders at the consultation workshop on Paratuberculosis funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 26th September 2022, Kampala.

The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) conducted a dissemination and stakeholder consultation workshop following a successful completion of phase I of the research on Paratuberculosis funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The study was conducted in partnership with the Universities of Goettingen and Leipzig, in Germany and partners from the University of Khartoum and Ibn Sina Specialised Hospital in Sudan from 2018 till now.

Participants at the workshop.
Participants at the workshop.

The dissemination workshop held Monday 26th September 2022 at Piato Restaurant in Kampala was also a forum where a number of stakeholders came together as one of the initial preparatory activities for the upcoming successor phase II research to be conducted in the coming 3-year period. The project was a trigger for additional funds from the European Union and Germany on COVID19 and Antimicrobial Resistance in collaboration with other six African countries namely, DRC, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Madagascar.

According to CoVAB’s Dr. Okuni Julius Boniface, one of the Principal Investigators, the new collaboration involves Makerere College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) and now covers One Health issues including COVID-19 and Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals and Humans.

Prof. Okuni Julius Boniface (Left) recognizes fellow researchers.
Prof. Okuni Julius Boniface (Left) recognizes fellow researchers.

He said the meeting was convened to inform the stakeholders in the broader partnership about the objectives and to share the results for the collaboration spanning the last four years. He said the engagement was necessary in order to create a rapport for future engagements. ‘We are desirous of engaging with fellow researchers, policy makers, government agencies in order to make a synergistic contribution towards solutions to problems affecting Human welfare using a One Health Approach’, he stated in a statement about the engagement.

He noted that all stakeholders were willing to collaborate and to play a leading role in propelling the research agenda on Anti-Microbial resistance and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

(L-R) Prof. Damalie Nakanjako (Mak-CHS), Prof. Uwe Truwen (Leipzig Univ.) and Porf. Ahmed Abd Ai Wahed (Leipzig Univ.)
(L-R) Prof. Damalie Nakanjako (Mak-CHS), Prof. Uwe Truwen (Leipzig Univ.) and Porf. Ahmed Abd Ai Wahed (Leipzig Univ.)

The partnership is aimed at building capacity through training of the next generation of researchers, which will also ensure sustainability of the outputs realized.  “I noted that there is no sustainability after close of projects such as lack of proper use of equipment acquired in the process of implementation” noted Dr. Ahmed Abd El Wahed from Leipzig University. Prof. Uwe Truyen, the Director of the Institute of Animal Hygiene and Veterinary Public Health at the University of Leipzig in Germany said “the ongoing collaboration covers areas of Research, Capacity Building, networking, engagement and knowledge transfer with African Countries taking lead”.

The Principal of the College of Health Sciences Makerere University, Prof. Damalie Nakanjako extended her appreciation to all the stakeholders for their willingness to handle the challenge of infectious diseases in a multi sectoral manner.  She said the success of the program and the network will be realized only if they came up with a database that can be used by all other African Countries as a reference.

Prof. Frank Nobert Mwiine, Principal CoVAB makes his remarks.
Prof. Frank Nobert Mwiine, Principal CoVAB makes his remarks.

The Principal of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Prof. Frank Nobert Mwiine, while making his remarks at the close of the meeting noted that the ongoing research was a manifestation of the objective of the University, which is being research led. He said although the majority of the students were undergraduate, the future of the University is targeting having more postgraduate students. He commended the German-funded project that is already supporting a Ph.D student. He congratulated the team for winning project support amidst the high competitiveness of accessing project funds.

On another note, Prof. Mwiine extended his appreciation to Prof. Ojok Lonzy  who taught and mentored a number of staff at the College for his humility and sense of humor with which he passed on knowledge to the students.  He also used the opportunity to thank the staff in his college for the good work they were doing by putting Makerere University high in its research agenda.

Prof. Ojok Lonzi makes his contributions.
Prof. Ojok Lonzi makes his contributions.

Also appreciated at the dissemination meeting was Assoc. Prof. Jessica Nakavuma who was hailed for her role of teaching Microbiology across Colleges for over thirty years.

Other speakers included Co Principal Investigator Prof. Ejobi who emphasized the need for networking which was essential in as far as informing stakeholders was concerned.

Prof. Robert Tweyongyere (Right) receives a gift from Prof. Uwe Truwen (Centre) and Porf. Ahmed Abd Ai Wahed (Left).
Prof. Robert Tweyongyere (Right) receives a gift from Prof. Uwe Truwen (Centre) and Porf. Ahmed Abd Ai Wahed (Left).

One of the beneficiaries of the project, Ph.D student Judah Ssekitoleko took off time to explain his experience undertaking his studies in Uganda on a Germany supported project.  He said there was big contrast working on research here locally with instances of challenges like power fluctuations, the use of sophisticated equipment and lack of adequate capacity to use them. He appreciated the advantage of working from home that reduced the pressures of missing family and network.

Prof. Ojok Lonzi was recognised for his humiltiy and humour while teaching most of the participants.
Prof. Ojok Lonzi was recognised for his humiltiy and humour while teaching most of the participants.

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Prof. Frank Nobert Mwiine Assumes Office as Chairperson AFRISA Board of Directors

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AFRISA Board of Directors Incoming Chairperson, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine (middle) together with the outgoing Chairperson, Prof. John David Kabasa (3rd R) pose for a photo with the Institute’s Board Members and Makerere University’s Legal Officers during the handover ceremony on 15th September 2022.

The Principal College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), Prof. Norbert Frank Mwiine assumed to the position of Chairperson Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development (AFRISA) Board of Directors following the handover by the outgoing Chair Prof. John David Kabasa

The handover was held on Thursday 15th September 2022, in the Rotary Peace Centre at Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility. It was witnessed by a number of key stakeholders that included the Board members and members of the University management.

In his remarks as incoming Board Chairperson, Prof. Mwiine commended his predecessor Prof. John David Kabasa for ensuring that knowledge was transferred from shelves to communities through industrial skilling. 

AFRISA Board of Directors Incoming Chairperson, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine (L) together with the outgoing Chairperson, Prof. John David Kabasa (R) during the handover ceremony.
AFRISA Board of Directors Incoming Chairperson, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine (L) together with the outgoing Chairperson, Prof. John David Kabasa (R) during the handover ceremony.

He explained that as provided by AFRISA Articles of Association, the Principal for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) is the Chairperson of the Institute’s Board of Directors, and hence his assumption to the office.

He explained that Prof. Kabasa, while serving as College Principal was the Institute’s Board Chairperson and on handing over the Office of College Principal to Prof. Mwiine, this also called for the handover of the Board’s Chairperson Position to the newly appointed College Principal, in respect to AFRISA Articles of Association.

AFRISA Board of Directors Incoming Chairperson, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine makes his remarks during the handover meeting.
AFRISA Board of Directors Incoming Chairperson, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine makes his remarks during the handover meeting.

In his handover remarks, Prof.John David Kabasa who is also the Principal Innovations Director in AFRISA took time to explain to the persons that witnessed the handover some brief background of the Institute and the journey it went through in building industrial communities that can be seen today.

“AFRISA initiative came about as a result of directives by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda for Makerere University to design innovations that would appropriate Prosperity-For-All agenda and address the burgeoning challenge of perpetual poverty, peasantry and youth unemployment,” said Prof Kabasa. 

He narrated that on 18th December 2006 at State House Nakasero, H.E the President of Uganda held a meeting with Makerere Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM) academia. Subsequently, in 2007 and 2009, H.E, in four separate communications, directed major reforms in the Veterinary, Animal and Agricultural Education, Research and Extension systems. 

AFRISA Board of Directors outgoing Chairperson, Prof. John David Kabasa (middle) makes his remarks during the handover.
AFRISA Board of Directors outgoing Chairperson, Prof. John David Kabasa (middle) makes his remarks during the handover.

Subsequently, Africa Institute for Strategic Animal Resource Services and Development (AFRISA) was established by the Makerere University Council in March 2010. He said AFRISA is a Not- for-Profit, semi- autonomous, Academic-Community-Public-Private Partnership (ACP3) engagement platform; guaranteed by the Makerere University Council. It is an innovation institution that advances industrial value chain and development education in Africa by using the SPEDA (Skills Production Enterprise Development and accreditation) Model which links Education into Production and employment.

Prof. Kabasa further commended the support from the Institute’s Board of Directors for uplifting AFRISA up to date while listing some of the Institute’s achievements. 

He said through the SPEDA Model, an advanced Diploma was established for skilling industrialists. He said that AFRISA as an innovation of Makerere University also established Industrial Certificate Programs and has so far trained over 3900 industrialists. 

Mr. Goddy Muhumuza, Principal Legal Officer witnessed the handover.
Mr. Goddy Muhumuza, Principal Legal Officer witnessed the handover.

Mr. Goddy Muhumuza, a Principal Legal Officer who is also a Board member congratulated Prof. Mwiine for the appointment as Principal CoVAB and subsequently the head of AFRISA. He further guided him that the mantle was now in his docket to ensure that AFRISA continues to thrive and keep up the pace at which it was growing. 

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Mak Launches Facility to Support Dairy Technology & Infrastructure Improvement

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Council Innocent Kihika who represented the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa and Chairperson Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara (Seated Centre) flanked by the Korean Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Park Sung-Soo (6th Right) and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (6th Left) and other officials at the KUDaP Dairy Demo Farm Launch, 25th August 2022, Nakyesasa Incubation Centre, CoVAB.

The Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) on Thursday 25th August 2022 officially handed over a facility aimed at “Improving Productivity of Dairy Farmers by Supporting Dairy Technology and Infrastructure in Uganda” to Makerere University. Implemented under the Korea Uganda Dairy Project (KUDaP), the facility is housed at the Nakyesasa Incubation Centre, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), on the fringes of the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge. The ceremony was presided over by the Chairperson Appointments Board, Counsel Innocent Kihika, who represented both the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa and the Chairperson, Makerere University Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara.

Counsel Innocent Kihika (R) presents an appreciation award to Hon. KIM Byung-Soo (2nd R) as H.E. PARK Sung-Soo (2nd L) and Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) witness.
Counsel Innocent Kihika (R) presents an appreciation award to Hon. KIM Byung-Soo (2nd R) as H.E. PARK Sung-Soo (2nd L) and Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) witness.

The facility was handed over to the Principal CoVAB, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine by the Vice President KRC, Hon. KIM Byung-Soo following a tour of the premises, where the investment in dairy technology and infrastructure was appreciated. Present were the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Uganda, H.E. PARK Sung-Soo, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Commissioner for Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Dr. Anna Rose Ademun Okurut who represented the Permanent Secretary Maj. Gen. David Kasura Kyomukama.

Hon. KIM Byung-Soo (R) and Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine (L) shake hands after exchanging signed documents after the handover of the KUDaP Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility at Nakyesasa, CoVAB.
Hon. KIM Byung-Soo (R) and Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine (L) shake hands after exchanging signed documents after the handover of the KUDaP Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility at Nakyesasa, CoVAB.

Others were the Chairperson KUDaP Steering Committee, Prof. William Bazeyo, Executive Director, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Dr. Michael Kansiime, KUDaP Project Manager, Prof. LEE Hak-Kyo, KUDaP Principal Investigator and Dean School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources (SVAR), CoVAB, Prof. Robert Tweyongyere, Assistant Commissioner Information and Communication, MAAIF, Ms. Consolata Acayo, Members of Makerere University Management, Officials from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Jeonbuk National University (JNBU), Korea, Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA) President, Dr. Daniel Kasibule among others.

Dr. Michael Kansiime (R), Ms. Consolata Acayo (2nd R), Dr. Daniel Kasibule (L) and another official at the event.
Dr. Michael Kansiime (R), Ms. Consolata Acayo (2nd R), Dr. Daniel Kasibule (L) and another official at the event.

KUDaP came into force following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) Korea on 17th December 2018. The project that commenced in February 2019 is implemented by SVAR and the National Animal Genetic Resource and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB) in collaboration with JNBU. It is aimed at: Establishing a model farm to train students, dairy farmers, extension workers and Artificial Insemination Technicians; Establishing an elite dairy herd in Makerere University; and Promoting improved dairy production practices in Uganda.

Counsel Innocent Kihika (2nd R), H.E. PARK Sung-Soo (2nd L), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) and Hon. KIM Byung-Soo after unveiling the foundation stone of the Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility.
Counsel Innocent Kihika (2nd R), H.E. PARK Sung-Soo (2nd L), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) and Hon. KIM Byung-Soo after unveiling the foundation stone of the Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility.

The components of the KUDaP Project are;

  1. Construction of a Dairy Demonstration Farm Facility at Makerere;
  2. Provision of dairy cows, high quality semen and embryos to farmers;
  3. Capacity building in dairy feeds production; and
  4. Upgrading/supporting breeding laboratory capacity at NAGRC&DB as well as human capacity development in Dairying in Uganda.

In his remarks, the Guest of Honour, Counsel Innocent Kihika congratulated Makerere University and CoVAB in particular upon successfully commissioning the Dairy Development Project, especially during a year when both the institution and college mark 100 and 50 years of existence respectively, two years into the implementation of the ten-year strategic plan.

Counsel Innocent Kihika makes his remarks.
Counsel Innocent Kihika makes his remarks.

“The Council has continued to emphasise the need to align our research with the requirements of national development as articulated in the National Development Plan and various instruments of Government and the private sector” he said.

Counsel Kihika emphasised that agriculture remains a primary employer in Uganda and any improvements in the sector would directly contribute to the growth of decent jobs in the value chains. “I must say that right now people are very excited with what is happening with Uganda’s oil in the Albertine rift valley but when you go deep into that, you will see that agriculture is the core of our economy and the oil is just a catalyst to that.”

Cattle feeding on a mixture of hay and silage in the IMO shed at the facility.
Cattle feeding on a mixture of hay and silage in the IMO shed at the facility.

The Guest of Honour noted that the commissioning of the facility at Nakyesasa positions Makerere University for robust research and technology transfer in the dairy sub-sector as part of the institution’s continued contribution to national development. He extended an open invitation to Ambassador PARK Sung-Soo to be a part Makerere‘s plans to develop its seven square mile acre property in Kyankwanzi District as well as the Buyana Stock Farm in Mpigi District.

“I wish to pledge the Council’s commitment to continuously improving the framework conditions for research through policy making, facility linkages with the relevant government entities and mobilising the required human resources” he concluded.

Some of the Members of Management, CoVAB officials and other guests that graced the event.
Some of the Members of Management, CoVAB officials and other guests that graced the event.

Reiterating the emphasis of agriculture to Uganda’s economy, Ambassador PARK Sung-Soo admitted that the sector has been a pertinent issue in the Republic of Korea’s partnership strategy with Uganda. He added that the KUDaP project is very meaningful for the future of Uganda because as everybody knows, this future lies in rural development.

“Agriculture including livestock and dairy industry is the backbone of Uganda’s economy. The dairy industry is especially a promising sector in Uganda’s agriculture; it is growing at a rate of 8-10% every year” remarked the H.E. Park.

H.E. PARK Sung-Soo makes his remarks.
H.E. PARK Sung-Soo makes his remarks.

The Ambassador added that the new President of the Republic of Korea, H.E. YOON Suk-Yeol is desirous of strengthening his country’s relationship with African Heads of State, with a special Korea-Africa summit planned for the second half of 2024 in Seoul. “I am 100% sure that this event will create new momentum to open a new chapter in the Korea-Africa cooperation and I believe that Uganda will be a part of this history-making process.”

He congratulated Makerere University upon celebrating 100 years of existence and pledged to continue strengthening cooperation and knowledge exchange with the institution. “I really hope that through this dairy project, Korea and Uganda may strengthen our mutual understanding and trust and extend our cooperation and collaboration into other fields and areas.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe makes his remarks at the facility handover event.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe makes his remarks at the facility handover event.

Addressing the gathering, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe emphasised the readiness by Makerere and CoVAB to demonstrate that they are doing things differently especially as they celebrate their 100th and 50th anniversaries respectively.

“The facility was have launched today is a demonstration that we are ready to do things differently and that we are becoming more relevant to our community. As the top national university, we must address the challenges that face our country, whose population is growing exponentially” remarked Prof. Nawangwe.

Ambassador Park, Prof. Nawangwe and Prof. Mwiine inspect some of the implements during a tour of the facility.
Ambassador Park, Prof. Nawangwe and Prof. Mwiine inspect some of the implements during a tour of the facility.

The Vice Chancellor through the Ambassador thanked the Government and people of the Republic of Korea for the generous support that led to the establishment of the facility that will benefit not only Makerere but also Ugandan farmers in the dairy sub-sector.

“I wish to pledge our total commitment to ensure the proper management and maintenance of this facility. We will play the role expected of us, especially the recruitment of the necessary human resource and payment of all the utility bills” said Prof. Nawangwe.

The Commissioner for Animal Health, MAAIF, Dr. Anna Rose Ademun Okurut represented the Permanent Secretary Maj. Gen. David Kasura Kyomukama.
The Commissioner for Animal Health, MAAIF, Dr. Anna Rose Ademun Okurut represented the Permanent Secretary Maj. Gen. David Kasura Kyomukama.

Speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary MAAIF, Dr. Ademun Okurut noted that the Dairy Demonstration Farm will play an important role in improving the livelihood of approximately 1.7million Ugandan households who depend on milk for nutrition, food security and employment.

“Currently we are running the Parish Development Model (PDM) and our extension service is now going further to ensure that production reaches the remaining 35% of our population that are not in the money economy” remarked Dr. Ademun Okurut.

Bales of hay in the IMO cattle shed at the Dairy Demonstration Farm facility, Nakyesasa Incubation Centre, CoVAB.
Bales of hay in the IMO cattle shed at the Dairy Demonstration Farm facility, Nakyesasa Incubation Centre, CoVAB.

She further shared that the Government had developed and is actively promoting a strategy on food and animal feed security, aimed at responding to the two failed season and alleviating any foreseeable shortages both in the short and long-term.

Dr. Ademun Okurut congratulated Makerere University on the project milestone, noting that it was an indication of institutional commitment to address the needs of our community. She acknowledged the fruitful collaboration with JNBU and the financial support of KRC and pledged her Ministry’s commitment to continued partnership with Makerere University and the furtherance of KUDaP as well as other projects of national importance.

The Vice President, Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), Hon. KIM Byung-Soo makes his remarks.
The Vice President, Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), Hon. KIM Byung-Soo makes his remarks.

On behalf of KRC, Hon. KIM Byung-Soo congratulated the Ugandan Government, Makerere University the Project Manager Prof. LEE Hak-Kyo upon the successful completion of the project, noting that it was an affirmation of “cooperation based on the principles of reciprocity and mutual interest”.

“I hope that after this ceremony, the corresponding Ministries and departments in Uganda and Korea will make further efforts to promote our cooperation in order to take Korea-Uganda relations and strategic partnership to a higher level” he added.

R-L: Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine and Prof. Robert Tweyongyere deliberated on the sidelines of the event.
R-L: Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine and Prof. Robert Tweyongyere deliberated on the sidelines of the event.

As any proud father would the Principal CoVAB, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine could not help but speak with pride of what would be achieved through the Dairy Development Farm facility. “This opening ceremony marks the beginning of yet another and major phase of implementing successful dairy farming, and this will need optimum commitment from us as managers and sustained support of the University and Government as owners of the farm.”

Prof. Mwiine added that the facility is set to exhibit the desirable practices that will lead to increased milk productivity by Ugandan farmers and hands-on training for University students. He added that CoVAB strongly supports the establishment of the facility and would like to nurture it to grow into a self-sustaining training and research centre of the college.

Prof. William Bazeyo was appreciated for his guidance, astuteness and good eye as Chairperson of the KUDaP Steering Committee.
Prof. William Bazeyo was appreciated for his guidance, astuteness and good eye as Chairperson of the KUDaP Steering Committee.

He thanked JNBU represented by Prof. LEE Hak-Kyo for the excellent collaboration and support for the successful initiation and implementation of KUDaP. He appreciated Prof. William Bazeyo for the great guidance, astuteness and good eye as Chairperson of the KUDaP Steering Committee and Prof. Robert Tweyongyere for his dedicated work as KUDaP Principal Investigator.

Prof. Tweyongyere in addition to acknowledging the support from Korean Government, JNBU, Ugandan Government and the Leadership of Makerere University noted that the beginning of the implementation phase calls for the establishment of another phase of infrastructure. He noted that as a Demonstration Farm, the facility will need to put in place training facilities and housing for all prospective students.

Prof. Robert Tweyongyere (L) explains some of the facility's operations to officials during the tour.
Prof. Robert Tweyongyere (L) explains some of the facility’s operations to officials during the tour.

“In the next phase, apart from maintaining a healthy vibrant herd of animals, we need to cater for processing and value addition, as well as research, training and knowledge transfer to the community. We have already enrolled into a partnership of the dairy network and we want to ensure that we can be beneficial to our partners” said Prof. Tweyongyere.

The Dairy Development Farm facility will receive thirty thousand doses of Korean Holstein Fresian semen and two hundred embryos of Korean Holstein Fresian cattle. It comprises an office block, Integrated Micro Organism (IMO) cattle shed, state-of-the-art milking parlour, cattle dip, spray race and silage making facilities as well as farm implements such as two tractors and two pick-up trucks. The structures are surrounded by fields planted with highly nutritious Chloris gayana grass for hay and crops for silage production. A banana plantation has also been established to make the most of the manure produced by the cattle.

Officials inspect some of the parts in the state-of-the-art milking parlour at the facility.
Officials inspect some of the parts in the state-of-the-art milking parlour at the facility.

The event was moderated by Prof. Lawrence Mugisha, from the Department of Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Resources, SVAR, CoVAB and the Principal Public Relations Officer, Ms. Ritah Namisango.

At the same occasion, Makerere University presented appreciation awards to; Hon. KIM Byung-Soo, Prof. LEE Hak-Kyo, Prof. William Bazeyo and Norbrook (Uganda) Limited. In the same spirit, KRC presented appreciation awards to; Mrs. Lorna Magara, Counsel Innocent Kihika, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, Prof. William Bazeyo, Maj. Gen. David Kasura Kyomukama, Prof. Frank Norbert Mwiine, Dr. Michael Kansiime, Prof. Robert Tweyongyere and Dr. Clare Mugasa.

Officials from KRC, JNBU and KOICA sing along to the Korean National Anthem at the event.
Officials from KRC, JNBU and KOICA sing along to the Korean National Anthem at the event.

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