By Chris Mugasha for New Vision
Over 121 youth from different higher institutions of learning and farms have been trained in practical agriculture skills.
Out of the graduates, 77 were trained as crop managers, while 44 got trained as plant doctors. Ninety four were females and 27 males.
The trainees graduated on Friday at IBO mixed farm in Bwizibwera Rwanyamahembe sub- county in Mbarara district, where the three months training was conducted from.
The training was funded by Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI) under the Skilling the Youth for Employment in Agri-business (SKY) project.
Among the topics they covered include symptom identification, how to confront disease breakouts among others.
“We have acquired the practical skills which we do not get from our institutions of learning,” said Asiimwe Mujuni, who graduated as a plant doctor.
“We are now able to advise farmers on how to break the cycle of certain diseases through crop rotation,” Mujuni added.
He said many farmers are using pesticides wrongly, an issue he attributed to lack of technical advice.
“Instead of the pesticides killing the pests, they (pesticides) end up damaging the crops,” Mujuni said.
Julius Turyahebwa, the (AVSI) team leader for the SKY project, said the institutions which are offering technical courses such as agriculture do not have the facilities to equip the youth better to become effective in the field.
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