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.