National Animal Genetic Resources Centre & Data Bank

MPs commend NAGRC&DB

In May when 40 Members of Parliament on the Budget Committee toured NAGRC&DB enterprises in Entebbe, Lusenke and Kasolwe government farms, they were purposely in a fact-finding mission to know where government puts its resources.

By the end of the two-day tour, however, their interest in NAGRC&DB had skyrocketed. At the Entebbe Livestock Experimental Station, the MPs were amazed by the healthy exotic dairy breeds of Jersey and Ayrshire, which are renowned for their high productivity.

Dr Peter Beine, the NAGRC&DB executive director, noted that genetic selection for greater productivity and enhanced fitness of Jersey and Ayrshire breeds has produced impressive results since their importation at the start of the year.

At the National bull stud, MPs were mostly awed by the tropicalized Brahman beef breeds that weigh over 900kg.

At Kasolwe, the MPs toured the new state-of-the art feed mill and hatchery, which have greatly subsidized costs of feeding animals at the farm.

Meanwhile, the Lusenke farm in Kayunga showcased the new stock of Jerseys and poultry projects which serve smallholder farmers in Kayunga and nearby areas. At the end of the tour, the MPs bought kuroiler birds at affordable prices to benefit their various communities.

For Hon Gyaviira Semwanga, the Buyamba county MP, he gave the kuroilers to women groups of Kasankala parish.

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