UMU responding to governments call for skilling Uganda
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports Mr. Alex Kakooza has expressed gratitude to Uganda Martyrs University Faculty of Agriculture for responding to the government call of skilling Uganda through its current innovation of breeding the Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) as a source of alternative and cheap protein to Livestock.
The Permanent Secretary was visiting the Faculty of Agriculture today Wednesday 2nd October 2019 to check and share progress on the project funded by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda/Skills Development Facility (PSFU/SDF).
Mr. Kakooza was pleased to learn that the Faculty through this project is developing a Curriculum to teach students as well as farmers on how they can domesticate the insect and turn it into feeds to improve farming. He promised continuous government support to the University.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs (DVCAA) Prof. Michael Mawa in his welcoming remarks extended UMU’s appreciation to the government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and the Private Sector Foundation Uganda/Skills Development Facility (PSFU/SDF) for the funding extended to Uganda Martyrs University through research which will improve farming and people’s livelihoods. He also appreciated BOBO ECO FARM for contributing to the progress of the project especially in terms of training students.
The Dean, Faculty of Agriculture Dr. Joseph Ssekandi explained that the main objective of this project is to commercially breed the Black Soldier Fly Larvae as an alternative high-quality protein to conventionally expensive fish and soya protein for livestock feeds. He added that once well managed, the insect has the potential to turn farmers into entrepreneurs and transform the Agricultural sector in Uganda.