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Mbarara University’s Initiative to Enhance Agribusiness in the Region.

The chief guest at the expo was Hon. Frank Tumwebaze the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, and other dignitaries which included Hon. Robert Kakyebezi Mayor for Mbarara city, Robert Kanusu – Deputy RCC in charge of Mbarara city North division

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)  program aimed at boosting agribusiness in the region. The program  is set to run for the next five years.

The program  aimed at promoting agribusiness in the region and improving the livelihoods of farmers. “We believe that this program will contribute significantly to the development of agribusiness in the region. It will provide farmers with the necessary skills and knowledge to improve their production, processing, and marketing of agricultural products,” Hon Frank Tumwebaze said.

The  program was organized by the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (FIS) in conjunction with the Centre for Innovations and Technology Transfer (CITT) under the theme; ‘’Higher Technical Education in Africa for an innovative and skilled labour force towards Agriculture transformation’. will focus on various aspects of agribusiness, including crop production, animal husbandry, and value addition. It will also provide training and mentorship to farmers to enable them to access markets for their products.

The program will also focus on addressing the challenges faced by farmers in the region. “One of the main challenges facing farmers in the region is the lack of access to markets for their products. Through this program, we will work with farmers to identify and establish market linkages for their products,” he said.

The exhibition  was welcomed by farmers in the region, who expressed optimism that it would help them improve their production and incomes. One of the farmers, John Kabarebe, stated that he was looking forward to receiving training on how to improve his banana plantation. “I have been struggling with diseases that affect my banana plants, and I hope that through this program, I will learn how to manage them and increase my yields,” he said.

The launch of the agribusiness program at MUST is expected to have a significant impact on the region’s agricultural sector. With the necessary skills and knowledge, farmers will be able to improve their production and access markets for their products, thus improving their incomes and livelihoods.

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