30 November 2010
Japan Expands its Support for Rice Promotion in Uganda:
Handing Over Ceremony of the Rice Research and Training Centre
at NaCRRI - Namulonge
The Government of Japan handed over the Rice Research and Training Centre at NaCRRI (National Crops Resources Research Institute) – Namulonge to the Government of Uganda. This new research center, which costs approximately $7.8 million (651 million Japanese Yen), is comprised of research and training buildings, cafeteria, dormitory, screen house, 2ha trial filed, and the newest agricultural machineries.
Japan is promoting both upland rice and low-land rice in terms of both research and extension in the whole of Uganda. As Uganda is the base of NERICA (New Rice for Africa) production in south-eastern Africa, Japan has dispatched many rice experts who have disseminated rice-related skills not only in Uganda but also to other neighboring countries. The Rice Research and Training Centre constructed by Japanese grant aid at NaCRRI – Namulonge, is expected to further disseminate rice development technologies and encourage the synergy of research and extension in both Uganda and the surrounding countries.
The handover ceremony took place at NaCRRI – Namulonge on November 30, 2010.
H.E. Keiichi Kato, Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, Hon. Hope Mwesigye, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries at the handover ceremony.