Trainers set for busy day

Saturday November 9 2019

Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic
Venue: Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research And Development Institute (NgettaZardi), Lira
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
THEME: Climate Smart Farming
ENTERPRISES: Citrus fruits, dairy, cassava, soya bean, shea butter, groundnuts, cotton, rice and maize
TOPICS: Seeds & varieties, Agribusiness, crop/livestock management and health, post-harvest handling, crop and livestock species
FREE: Entrance, training, breakfast and lunch
SPONSORS: aBi, Bank of Uganda, Stanbic Bank and Naro

The impact created by last year’s edition of Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic in Lira is still apparent to the farmers who are eager to report to experts the state of the agribusiness ventures they started a year ago. “They now acknowledge the importance of utilising technical institutions and staff in understanding and handling agricultural production and productivity issues, such as pests and diseases, use of improved technologies and varieties, value addition,” says Dr Turyagenda. Last year, citrus took over as the most craved for enterprise at Ngetta.
This farm clinic edition will mostly highlight the values of venturing into shea butter production and post-harvest handling.
“Due to their economic importance for income generation, nutrition and other health benefits, shea butter and shea nut value added products will be the enterprise to watch this time,” he adds.

Dr Laban Turyagenda will today lead a team of
Dr Laban Turyagenda will today lead a team of experts to train farmers.

Naro anxious
The lofty expectations from the roving life changing Seeds of Gold Farm Clinics don’t end with the farmers but also with the entire National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) administration.
“We anticipate to make increased partnerships and collaborations with other stakeholders in agricultural research and development. Also we envisage developing market linkages for the research outputs,” Dr Turyagyenda stresses.

New challenges
The farm clinic returns to Lira to address the growing challenge of low quality of seed and value added products that have frustrated many active and prospective farmers.
With more than 20 exhibitors and agricultural agencies expected to grace the event, the remedies may flow in in gluts.
The climate smart farming theme has been maintained to support farmers in conservation agriculture and provide strategies for improved community resilience to climate change impacts.

Dr Laban Fran Turyagyenda
He is the director of NgettaZardi and the chief host of the Farm Clinic event. He holds a PhD in Plant breeding and Biotechnology from Makerere University and a Master’s of Science (MSc) crop science from the same institution.
Turyagyenda is a certified agricultural researcher with specialisation in plant breeding and Biotechnology, Crop improvement and production, molecular genetics, crop agronomy and plant physiology.
For 13 years, he has worked with organisations such as International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Bioversity International.
He has also executed agricultural research and development activities in more than six countries (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi Kenya, and Eastern DR Congo).
Turyagyenda has gained vast experience in capacity-building of farmers and other agricultural stakeholders, locally and internationally.

Moses Okao
Okao holds an MSc in Crop Science from Makerere University and has been with the institute since 2008 specifically engaged in agro-forestry research and outreach within Acholi and Lango sub-regions.
His vast exposure in tree improvement, tree plantation establishment and management, project planning and management, shear butter tree propagation, experimental design and execution will come handy this weekend.
He is currently in charge of value addition of shea fruit pulp and nuts to maximise use of shea tree products for enhanced conservation.
He has produced a number of technical peer reviewed publications in international journals, and technology dissemination materials for extension and farmers.


Bushira Apele
With a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences and Entrepreneurship from Uganda Christian University (UCU), he is the institute farm manager.
Apele has a six-year working experience in agriculture and rural development in West Nile and northern Uganda.
His main area of interest is in value chain analysis and development, quality seed production and business, agricultural entrepreneurship, farm management and accounts, farm production records to mention but a few.

Graceline Akongo
Graceline Akongo holds a Master’s degree in Economic Policy and Planning. She has a vast experience in socio economics, impact and livelihood research.
She has produced a number of technical peer reviewed publications in international journals, and technology dissemination materials for extension and farmers.

Godfrey Otim Anyonyi
He attained his B.Sc. in Agriculture and Master of Agriculture (Bio-production) from Makerere University and Yamagata University (Japan) respectively.
He has worked as an agronomist with NgettaZardi since 2012, trial manager; Confined field trials (CFT) at NaCRRI, Namulonge, senior agricultural officer – Butalejja District.
Today, during the Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic, Anyonyi will enlighten the framers on rice agronomy, rice processing technology; surface irrigation technology and water management.
Otim holds a Master in Agriculture (Bio-production). He has a vast experience in crop agronomy. He is currently a team leader for Crop and Natural Resources Programme.

Samson Obong
Samson Obong obtained Bsc Agriculture from Uganda Martyrs University after acquiring a diploma in crop production and management from Bukalasa Agricultural College.