BY AGATHA MUHAISE
Uganda Christian University (UCU) has emerged second best organization, and best education institution, out of over 200 that participated in the 25th part of the annual Uganda National Agricultural Show that took place at the Nile Jinja showgrounds between July 17 and 23.
Second to Kakira Sugar Works, UCU registered victory with a display of a 12m by 12m piece of land showcasing indigenous vegetables like amaranths and macrocarpon, products of an agriculture student, Allan James Kirunda, who manufactures organic papaya jam, agricultural research by two other students and a university information centre.
Dr Rachael Namuli, the acting head of the Department of Agriculture, attributes the success of the project to the entire team that represented UCU, which included their department, the public relations office, and the admissions department.
“It was a joint effort by all departments, students and staff. The displays and the interactions throughout the exhibition totalled to this victory,” she said.
Ivan Naijuka, the assistant public relations officer who was also the team leader of the UCU representatives, hailed the Department of Agriculture for their work and called upon other departments to follow suit.
“These exhibitions are the kind of events that empower students and expose them to what the world has to offer. Therefore other departments should start utilizing such opportunities,” he said.
The exhibition was organized by the Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE).
UNFFE is a non-governmental organization that advocates for Ugandan farmers’ developmental issues and programmes.
This year’s silver jubilee exhibition was held under the theme: “Managing the challenges of climate change for sustainable agriculture”.
Some of the over 200 organizations that participated included MTN Uganda, Airtel Uganda, Makerere University, National Environment Management Authority, National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces.