Uganda’s tick vaccine ready for field trials

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The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze accompanied by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Hon. Fred Bwino Kyakulaga visited the National Animal Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI) under the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) at Nakyesa, Wakiso District.

NARO officers led by Director General Dr Ambrose Agona led the ministers on their tour of seven innovation platforms at NaLIRRI.

Speaking after the visit, the Minister said he was impressed with the work done at the facility and pledged more support to NARO but also to NaLIRRI in particular.

“I really think I should have come earlier to visit this facility, but first I had to research the area and provide the appropriate policy guidance,”

The Minister also noted that he was happy that Uganda’s tick vaccine is ready to be launched to farmers through farmers’ fields, adding that this is great news for herders previously affected by the diseases. transmitted by ticks.

He challenged NaLIRRI to start a full-fledged animal feed manufacturing plant for poultry, pig and fish feed as well as livestock feed which would in turn result in more animal feed. affordable for farmers.

Tumwebaze applauded NaLIRRI for the technology that removes aflatoxins from cereals, especially maize and the manufacture of biogas and fertilizers, but challenged them to make it available to farmers.

“Let’s have a full-fledged knowledge transfer center here where farmers can come, stay overnight and receive training. You can go compare Kyankwanzi to see how you can develop the facility.

Minister of State for Agriculture, Fred Bwino Kyakulaga, said that having been transferred from Tororo, NaLIRRI has done a tremendous job in Nakyesesa in a short time.

NARO Chief Executive Dr Ambrose Agona said NaLIRRI had made tremendous progress over the years but called for more support from the ministry.

He said they envision NARO to be self-sustaining and will no longer wait for government funds to carry out projects.

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