Mak-COVAB Opens a Dairy Demonstration Farm
Makerere University and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources, and Bio Security (CoVAB) in particular are set to open a Diary Demonstration Farm project, the Korea-Uganda Dairy Project (KUDaP) on Wednesday 24th of August 2022 at Nakyesasa, one of the incubation centers managed by the college.
The Dairy demonstration farm is being established under a collaboration with Jeonmbuk National University and support by Korea Rural Cooperation.
The event is expected to be graced by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, The Dignitaries from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and other stakeholders in the industry.
According to the College Principal Prof. Nobert Frank Mwiine, the project to be handed over will serve as a center research and training hub in dairy development. He said the intended beneficiaries include Veterinary and Animal Production/ Management students that will use it as a training and research center but also farmers interested in dairy production.
The Principal who led a delegation of staff from the College to make an on-spot inspection of the project and other enterprises at Nakyesasa incubation Centre also chaired the Academic Board and Finance Committee meetings at this site.
He commended the project team for the work done to date that led to the completion of the first phase of the project to be formerly received as one of the achievements marking the 50 years of higher Veterinary education in Uganda and 100 years of Makerere University.
Prof. Robert Tweyongyere, the Dean School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources and Principal investigator (PI) of the project said the handover will mark the end of the first and construction phase of the project which will be followed by a subsequent phase of stocking with cows and later on value addition.
Prof. Tweyongyere said the project is intended to support the College play a role in improving productivity of dairy farmers and to serve as a dairy demonstration farm for Makerere University. He said on Friday 25th of August 2022, the project management consultant is expected to hand over the project to Makerere University.
The team on the inspection visit on 25th July 2022 comprised Heads of departments and other staff from CoVAB as well as representatives of the Project team that also made a tour of other enterprises on the farm including the banana plantation and discussed ways through which the different enterprises would synergize each other.