By Prossy Nandudu
Makerere University and the National Agriculture Research Organization are to showcase advances in research and innovation that if adopted will help government promote the agro-industrialization agenda of the country.
Through the agro-industrialization agenda, government wants to increase agricultural production and productivity with a focus on commodities such as coffee, tea, fisheries, cocoa, cotton, vegetable oil, beef, maize, dairy and cassava that will be used as raw materials for industry as well food crops at house hold level.
The innovations will be showcased on March 14 at Speke Resort Munyonyo during the 3rd edition of the NARO-MAK Conference. The three-day conference is being held under the theme: Innovations for Enhancing Productivity and Agro-Industrialization.
Information from NARO’s communication office adds that the conference will bring together stakeholders from research, academia, health, policy makers among others.
Areas of discussion include challenges and Opportunities in Mechanization and Agro-Industrialization, modernizing post-harvest management and food safety systems, intensification of crop productivity and seed systems, managing interactions among the changing environment, ICT based innovations for agricultural transformation among others.
The Prime minister Robina Nabanja is expected to officiate at the opening ceremony that will be closed by the Minister of Water and Environment on Wednesday.