23 November 2012

Uganda: Farmers' Institute to Be Built in Mpigi

Prisma Uganda has been awarded the contract to construct the National Farmer's Leadership Centre (NFLC) at Kampiringisa in Mpigi district.

The $3.5m training centre is funded by South Korea through its development arm the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Dr. Francis Byekwaso, the chairman of the technical committee overseeing the school's establishment, said the construction works are expected to be completed in November next year.

"We acquired the land title two months ago, and before actual construction begins, a contractor has been selected to fence off the land," said Byekwaso, who is also the planning, monitoring and evaluation manager at the NAADS secretariat.

Byekwaso had just returned from South Korea, where he led a team of experts to acquaint themselves with the mind set, which has transformed South Korea for the last 40 years.

Byekwaso appealed to the beneficiaries to support the development to enable the investors complete the construction exercise within the stipulated time.

Sharon Kemigisha, a NAADS official, observed that once the farm school is completed, its major focus will be mindset change of Ugandans based on the Korean experience.

"The curriculum will help fill the missing skills gap in agricultural enterprise, targeting vegetable growing, flower production and livestock and mushroom production," Kemigisha said.

"The institute shall be unique, in that it will train students to adopt appropriate and advanced technologies based on the Korean experience as a foundation for setting up model farms," she added.

Kemigisha noted that the ideology of mindset change has paid incredible dividends to Korea.

About 40 years back, South Korea was among the poorest countries in the world, but it has attained a rapid socio-economic development.

"Without minerals, fresh water lakes, forests, oil or gas resource stocks, Korea is currently the 13th largest economy in the world, with an average per capita of $22,000," she noted.

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