The Department of Agricultural Production seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and achieve food security on a sustained basis through generating and imparting knowledge of importance to agricultural production. Emphasis is put on environment protection through responsible natural resource utilisation.
Established within the then Faculty of Agriculture, Makerere University, in the 1960s as a Department of Animal Production, the Department offers courses to undergraduate students of Agriculture, Agribusiness management, and Land use management. Graduate programs leading to MSc. and PhD are offered by the highly trained and competent staff. In addition, short courses tailored to needs of specific clientele in animal production are routinely mounted and conducted at the Centre for Continuing Agricultural Education (CAEC).
The laboratories within the Department are well equipped for training and to offer service to the private sector and industry. Analyses of feed and tissue sample for composition is conducted on a routine basis by the experienced technical staff. At MUARIK the Department has access to animal units( pigs, poultry, cattle, goats rabbits) for research and training.
Over the years the Department has developed competence in the following areas: Ruminant nutrition; Non-ruminant nutrition; Dairy cattle management; Beef cattle production; Range management; Poultry production; Pig management and production; Rabbit management; Reproductive Physiology; Animal Breeding and biotechnology.
The Department boasts of a strong research program having established collaborative linkages with ILRI, The University of Life Sciences in Denmark, Sokoine University of Agriculture, to mention just a few. Locally the Department has strong linkages with the National Crop Resources Research Institute (NACCRI) and the National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NALRRI) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank (NAGRIC&DB). The Department continues to actively seek out for partners in research so as to tap into experiences from different parts of the world.
Our outreach program has continued to expand as we conduct appropriate research with faes like radio and agricultural exhibitions to convey the messages of good animal management practices to farmers.
The department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics is one of the 3 departments in the School of Agricultural Sciences. The department has 17 full time academic staff members, 9 of whom have PhD degrees specializing in various areas of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and Rural Development. Three are registered for PhD and are at various stages of completion whereas the three Teaching Assistants are in the final stages of their MSc degree training. Owing to an ever-increasing demand and a heavy work load, the department continues to draw on the expertise available within the School of Agricultural Sciences, the Makerere University Business School, the College of Business and Management Sciences, the Department of Women and Gender studies and others. Hence, another 20 members of staff serve the department on a part-time basis. In addition to their primary teaching responsibilities, all academic staff members are involved in a diversity of research and outreach activities. The department offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management. The department teaches all economics and management courses to the undergraduate students of the Faculty of Agriculture and some courses to students from Faculty of Social Sciences offering BA(SS) Rural Economy option.
The Department of Agricultural Extension & Innovations is one of the three Departments of the School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University. The Department aims at improving the capacity of the School of Agricultural Sciences graduates to facilitate utilization of technical agricultural information and Technologies to solve farming problems.
Our Mission is to contribute to the achievement of the national goal of increased Agricultural Production for Food Security and Export.” This is achieved through:
- Preparing professionals to serve in public and private agricultural institutions
- Providing resource persons to assist in the design and implementation of agricultural extension programs.
- Conducting research in agricultural extension education; organizational development; technology adoption and dissemination; and programme planning, implementation.