Clinic business

What to expect as Lira hosts the Farm Clinic in Ngetta Zardi

It is always a full house when the Seeds of Gold Farm clinic is held at the Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Ngetta ZARDI) in Lira District.
The last time the Farm Clinic was held in Lira in 2018, over 2,000 people attended the training.
There is great potential for mechanization in the field which experts want to exploit.

Established in the 1930s to serve the Lango and Acholi communities in modern agriculture, Ngetta Zardi supports farmers with planting material of improved and nutritious crop varieties, pest and disease resistant varieties, handling post-harvest, value addition and improved farming technologies.
As today’s agricultural clinic focuses on resilience to climate change, Ngetta Zardi researchers will give farmers advice on how to overcome the challenges posed by climate change.

Major food security crops will be the focus of the training, including cassava, maize, soybeans, beans, sorghum, rice and sesame.
Seasoned experts will teach best practices, unveil climate-resilient crop varieties that have significant yield, quality and resistance/tolerance to pests and diseases while offering knowledge on post-harvest handling and value addition, especially cassava to feed emerging industries.
Below are the profiles of trainers who will keep avid farmers informed.

Godfrey Otim Anyoni – research fellow – plant agronomy
Otim is a sustainable agriculture expert with a master’s degree in sustainable rice cultivation from Yamagata University, Japan, a PhD candidate in agroecology and food system (Uganda Martyrs University) and a seasoned agronomist in agricultural climate adaptation trained by the Philippine Institute of Rice Research (PhilRice). He studied and practiced season-long rice intensification and sustainability (SRI) systems in Philrice Nueva Ecija (Philippines). It has developed commodity manuals, handbooks, production charts, production schedules among other dissemination materials for eight priority commodities in Northern Uganda namely; maize, soybeans, cassava, rice, sesame, sorghum, cassava and beans. It will facilitate the learning of improved soybean cultivation technologies.

Dr Mudde Barnabas – Senior Research Officer, Crops and Natural Resources Program Manager

Dr. Mudde holds a PhD (Crop Protection) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, an MSC. Crop Science from Makerere University and BSC. Makerere Agricultural University. He is currently working with the National Agricultural Research Organization, Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Ngetta ZARDI) as a Senior Researcher with over 16 years of experience in agricultural research. He directs the institute’s crop and natural resources research program. He oversees research on citrus disease management, mango fruit fly, fall armyworm, and weed management. He is also leading the screening of bean, millet, sorghum, and groundnut germplasm to develop new climate-resilient crop varieties with improved yield, quality, and resistance/tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. He will be in charge of the general coordination of the Farm Clinic.

Angella Kyobutungi; Field Technician
Angella Kyobutungi holds a BSC. in Environmental Science from Makerere University and is currently pursuing his MSc in Environment and Natural Resource Management from Makerere University. She works with the National Agricultural Research Organization, Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Ngetta ZARDI) as a field technician in charge of basic seed multiplication and studies bean germplasm screening, of millet, sorghum and peanuts to develop new climate-resilient crop varieties with yield, quality and resistance/tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. She has over five years of experience in agricultural research, particularly in crop adaptation; agronomy; post-harvest handling and emerging issues, including climate change and variability. She has 10 years of experience in agronomy and in training students and farmers in improved agronomic practices. His training will focus on cassava production and value addition.

Howard Kasigwa – Aquaculture Researcher
Howard Kasigwa is a highly motivated aquaculturist with a Master’s degree in the application of genetics to fish farming from Can Tho University, Vietnam, and a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries from Makerere University. He has developed a deep understanding of the dynamics of fish production and productivity in different cultural environments. He is a senior aquaculture technician with 12 years of proven ability in transforming subsistence fish farmers into sustainable commercial producers in East Africa. He is passionate about contributing to the development of a vibrant aquaculture sector in Uganda. His training will cover pond culture best practices, preparation, stocking, pest control and fish feed management.

Laurent Ogwal
Lawrence Ogwal holds an MSC. Environmental Science and Natural Resources Man

from Gulu University, a Bachelor of Agriculture from Martyrs University and a National Diploma in General Agriculture from Arapai Agricultural College. He is a soil technician in Ngetta. He has 18 years of experience in agricultural research, development project implementation and farmer training. He has experience in general agriculture with particular skills in rice agronomy, nutrient and water management in rice, general agriculture and natural resource management. He is the focal person and rice specialist for the JICA-PRiDe 2 project. His training will focus on technologies and mechanization of rice production.

Steven Opio – Plant Entomology Technician
Opio holds a degree from Bukalasa Agriculture College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture at Uganda Marty’s University. He is a technician in plant entomology with 10 years of experience in rice agronomy. He received training on upland rice cultivation and seed selection in Japan under the JICA project and also completed a rice training course in Tanzania with Africa Rice. He is currently conducting rice research to determine the different plantings at the station with JICA and Naro. His training will focus on rice production technologies.

John Mark Kodet – Farm Manager
Kodet is an agricultural manager with over 15 years of professional experience in agricultural research, agricultural production, training and seed multiplication. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Uganda Martyrs, Nkozi and a diploma from Bukalasa Agriculture College. He directs seed multiplication activities on the station and coordinates the training of trainees, farmers and students at the institute. He is also responsible for establishing and maintaining on-station demonstration fields for the best Naro technologies and directing non-tax revenue (NTR) generation for the institute. His training will focus on cassava production, value addition and multiplication of quality cassava planting material.

Geoffrey Nviiri – Animal Production Scientist
Nviiri is an Animal Production Expert with a Masters in Animal Science from Makerere University, PhD Candidate (Makerere University, Kampala) and a Senior Aflatoxin and Food Safety Researcher trained in Beca (ILIRRI) Nairobi and at the School of Food Technology and Bioengineering Makerere University. He has studied and practiced feed analysis for ruminants and poultry. For the first time ever in science, Nviiri has developed an aflatoxin production protocol and filed patents for both aflatoxin production and the use of bentonites from the Albertine Graben region of Uganda. In the area of ​​technology dissemination, he has published technology summaries, dairy production manuals, handbooks, production charts and production schedules among other dissemination documents. In addition, he was involved in the development of the development of the lablab’s core collection which provided a basis for research on dairy foods for pulses in Uganda. In addition to publishing up to 23 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, Nviiri serves as a reviewer for Elsevier (Scientific African) publishing house. He will be the lead trainer on pasture management and the use of improved forages, feed conservation for dry season feeding focusing on hay and silage.

Gerald Brown Ayo – Animal Production Technician
Ayo is a motivated animal production practitioner who holds a diploma in animal production and management from Bukalasa Agricultural College. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Animal Production and Management (APM) from the Arapai Campus of Busitema University. He is a livestock research assistant with seven years of experience in animal production. He was engaged in the training of students, breeders in the area, participated in the collection of research data and the implementation of projects and the development of dissemination materials. His training will also cover pasture management and the use of improved forages, feed conservation for dry season feeding focusing on hay and silage.

Samson Obong – Technician in plant agronomy
Obong holds a degree in agriculture from Bukalasa Agriculture College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Uganda Marty’s University. He is a technician in plant agronomy with 10 years of experience in rice agronomy. He is a seed expert with extensive experience in seed testing through training and analysis. He has trained and mentored over 50 local seed enterprise groups in northern Uganda on the principles of seed production over the past six years. He has extensive experience in training best soybean agronomic practices. His training will focus on soybean production and post-harvest handling technologies.

Dr Graceline Akongo – Technology Promotion and Awareness Program Manager
Dr. Akongo is a Research Officer and Program Manager (Promotion and Awareness of Technology). The scientist holds a doctorate (agriculture), a master’s degree (economics) and a bachelor’s degree (social sciences). His university education gives him mixed expertise in the social, economic and agricultural fields. She has 20 years of research experience with her contribution spanning participatory research/technology transfer, economic modeling on the contribution of agricultural technologies to improving livelihoods, incomes and food and environmental aspects. His training at the Farm Clinic will focus on cost-benefit analysis of targeted agricultural enterprises.