Indigenous methods of farming to be prioritized

By: Nyerere Geoffrey and Tulinomubezi Prossy

Makerere University’s College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) in collaboration with College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES), The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide) came together on Monday June 29, 2015 to evaluate the AgShare Toolkit.

The toolkit is designed to provide resources which can be used and referred to by trainers, faculty, staff and graduate students.

It will guarantee that outputs for research and farm communities will follow best practices.

AgShare II, an Indigenous Agricultural Knowledge (IAK) project aims at improving agricultural teachings, sharing and empowering farming stakeholders so that they can use the indigenous methods to boost farm production.

Speaking at the workshop Andrew Moose a project manager at Saide categorically stated that modern knowledge washed away the IAK methods that farmers used and therefore there is need for its revival.

The project is aimed at understanding how IAK methods like the use of human urine by farmers can be used to prevent banana weevils, other methods including the use of cattle urine to enhance soil fertility, the use of red pepper mixed with ash and water to control Coccidiosis in birds.

Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura said that researches should come on board to understand how the use of IAK methods works effectively ‘Researchers should understand the real component that is contained in the urine that kill weevils and extract the component for efficient use.’

The workshop is aimed at collecting information that can be used to better the project and make it easy for the farmers to access information through mobile phones directly from the server

The AgShare II project is sponsored by the Bill Gates foundation alongside Saide in South Africa

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