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“Government to boost Agricultural Research Funding” – President Museveni

Sunday 01st October 2017
President Yoweri Museveni has commended the outstanding work done by Ugandan scientists in agricultural research and innovation. He assured them that his government will boost budgetary allocation to scientific research institutions in the country.
The President made the remarks today during a visit to the National Semi-Arid Resource Research Institution in Serere district Teso Sub-Region.
The Institute, which is a subsidiary of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), was founded in 1922 by the colonial government and has overtime carried out substantive research that has produced high quality, faster yielding and drought resistant crop produce.
The research institute has specifically produced high quality and improved cotton, groundnuts, sorghum, millet, oil seeds, poultry and pastures.
President Museveni, who was briefed by a group of scientists led by Dr. Michel Ugen Adragu, about the different research modes at the facility, said that government will boost funding for agricultural research because of the importance of the agricultural sector to the country’s economy.
He lauded the National Semi-Arid Research Resource Centre for the feasible achievement in the area of research despite the limited funding the institution receives. He, however, pledged Government readiness to increase the funding.
Earlier, President Museveni visited Halcyon High School, a private secondary school in Soroti that owned by Serere District Woman Member of Parliament Hon. Adoa Hellen.
He advised the over 1200 students to take their education seriously and reminded them that discipline is key to success in life.
“Take the example of Hon. Adoa. She managed to do a lot when she was still young because she was disciplined, avoided bad habits that put most young people’s lives at stake and listened to parental advice.  She is a challenge to you,” he told the students.
President Museveni also laid a foundation stone for the construction of Serere Health Centre 4 that is being funded by the Government of Uganda at a cost Shs.2 billion. He congratulated Serere District Local Government on that initiative.

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