Makerere Entrepreneurship Students’ Club under “Solve the Equation East Africa (SEE) holds its first exhibition• The Liquid Organic Fertilisers enterprise emerges best exhibitor
• Students urged to be innovative, hard working and to commercialise their ideas
• An ice cream project and students entrepreneurial training in the offing
The Makerere University Students’ Entrepreneurship Club under the Solve the Equation East Africa (SEE) has held its first innovators exhibition at the school of Agricultural Sciences.
The best exhibitor receives a prize from the Chief Guest and Club Patron.
The students’ enterprise on the production of Liquid Organic Fertilisers led by Owachgiu Job emerged as best exhibitor and was awarded a prize. The Liquid Organic Fertiliser is made from the composition of droppings of farm animals, fresh leguminous leaves harvested before flowering mixed with water. This fertilizer is applied to plants at their critical stages like at the beginning of flowering to supply Nitrogen, Potassium and Calcium. The advantage with this technology is that it is cheap to prepare, environmentally friendly and readily supplies nutrients to plants.
Prof. Elly N.Sabiiti Recognised For His Service To The Makerere - Sida Collaborative Research Progra (2000-2015)The Vice Chancellor Makerere University Prof. John Ddumba- Ssentamu has recognised Prof. Elly N. Sabiiti for his service to the Mak – Sida Collaborative Research Program. This was during the end of the Mak - Sida International Research and Innovations Dissemination Conference that took place from 20th -21stApril, 2015 at Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda under the theme: “Community Transformation through Research, Innovations and Knowledge Translation".
Prof. Sabiiti initiated the program in 2000. He was appointed program coordinator by the School of Agricultural Sciences. This Mak-Sida program will be ending in August 2015. By the end of the program ten (10) members of staff would have graduated with PhDs. Already eight (8) have completed.
Prof. Elly N. Sabiiti poses with the plaque given to him
It attracted various key players in the biodiversity and nature conservation sector, with a spectrum of members coming from various organisations such as; Makerere University, Wildlife conservation society (WCS), National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Total E&P, Nature Uganda, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). USAID TETRA-TECH project, among others.
The principal – CAES, Prof. Bernard Bashasha in his welcome remarks briefed the members about the current state and structural formation of the NBDB under the new Makerere University collegiate system. He also underscored the importance of the meeting as a timely act to review and strengthen the centre’s position and usefulness in the wake of global climatic challenge and biodiversity loss.
Prof. Bernard Bashasha giving meeting opening remarks
Dr. Okello Ogwang giving his remarks during the opening of the exhibition. Next to him is CAES student's President Najibu
This year’s exhibitions seek to disseminate and showcase the different research and innovation products of the students. The theme of the exhibition was, “Youth Innovations in Agricultural and Environmental Management: A Panacea to Food Insecurity and Expansion of Small and Medium size Enterprises in the Agricultural Sector”.
According to CAES students’ President Najibu Kiramu said the exhibition is aimed at promoting the students products and inspire the youth to take on agriculture as a business.
“ The exhibition will not only promote research and innovative products made by students to boost agriculture but also focus on creating and stimulating the interest of the youth in agricultural development, food processing and value addition, coupled with sustainable natural resource utilization’’. He said