First lady stresses need to follow up graduates of israel’s agro studies programme

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has met with the Honorary Consul of Uganda to Israel and Chief Executive Officer for the Agro Studies Programme Yaron Tamir and discussed the importance of following up the students who complete the eleven-month agricultural on-job training apprenticeship at the Agro Studies Training Centre in Israel.

She said there is need for the students to utilize the modern farming methods skills they acquire during the training in Israel when they get back home. They should become entrepreneurs and also be able to teach others.

The First Lady met Yaron Tamir who called on her at State House Nakasero on Thursday 4/04/2019. He was together with Ozalvo Ada Ester and Inbal Shuval from the Agro Studies Training Centre in Israel, the Agro Studies Coordinator in Uganda Agaba Isa Mugabo and they were accompanied by Hon Thomas Tayebwa the Ruhinda North MP.

Mrs. Janet Museveni and the Agro Studies officials discussed a proposal by Israel to establish a drip-irrigation rice demonstration farm at Kabanyoro University farm on which some of the Agro Studies graduates can practice the skills and knowledge they acquired during their training.

She thanked Yaron Tamir for the work he is doing as the honorary consul of Uganda to Israel.

Yaron Tamir said Israel and Uganda are already working on an Agricultural protocol to enable the two countries exchange agricultural products such as pineapples from Uganda and semen of Israel cows.

He also talked about promoting Uganda as a tourism destination for the people of Israel and that soon an Israel Airline would be flying into Uganda once a week.

According to Agaba Isa Mugabo, the Agro Studies Coordinator in Uganda, a total of 1,331 Ugandan students have benefited from the Agro Studies training in Israel since 2013. Out of these 10 are working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries as inspectors in the export market and the rest are involved in individual businesses with some pooling resources and working as business entrepreneurs.

Currently 250 students are undergoing this eleven-months hands- on training in Israel that exposes them to modern farming methods in horticulture, crop and animal agriculture. The students also go through a social attitude and mindset transformation and come out ready to become youth cadres of agricultural transformation and job-creation through commercial agriculture production, agro-processing and innovations.




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