The Continuing Agricultural Education Center is hosting an Extension Management training for Extension Staff from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries which is running for 1 week with 70 participants from 51 districts.
Under the National Agricultural Policy (2016), the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, is mandated among others to provide training for extension staff in Uganda. This has been spelt out in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and CAES. The Directorate of Agricultural Extension services through the Agricultural Technology and Agribusiness Advisory Services (ATAAS) project of MAAIF has planned to organize refresher training for 290 technical staff from District Local Governments in the areas of Extension Management and Sustainable land management. Under the MOU with MAAIF, CAES has so far conducted short training for over 1700 field extension workers in several core areas including Agribusiness development; Agrochemicals and fertilizer optimization in modern crop husbandry; Postharvest handling technology, Extension management, Agricultural risk management, Micro Irrigation technologies for increased water use efficiency and Sustainable land management.
In all the previous trainings, MAAIF had a very strong presence. The Director of Extension Services opened most training. The closing was mostly done by the Commissioner, Extension Services. Sitting throughout the training sessions was the Principal Officer in charge of training and skills management at the Directorate of Extension Services. Evaluation by MAAIF staff involved in the training indicates that they were very satisfied with the training delivery methods, content and the environment. To continue with the good work of skilling our extension staff, CAES is submitting this training plan for 290 technical staff from District Local Governments on Extension management (197) and Sustainable land management (93) to be conducted by the departments of Extension and Innovation Studies and Agricultural Production at CAES. The training plan provides information on training management and approach, targeted audience, delivery approaches, evaluation and budget for each of the four areas indicated above.