August 24, 2019
A five-day school camp aimed at equipping students with entrepreneurship and farming skills was held from August 24-28 at Gayaza High School.
“For many years, young people have looked at agriculture as a job for the uneducated and the unlucky ones who are unable to go to school and also those who venture into it after retirement.
Young people should know that a person can get reach not only by being a lawyer or working in an office, but through farming if he does his work smartly”, said Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga, during the 6th edition launch ceremony.
He said the youth need to embrace agriculture as a first choice and not last resort when everything else has failed. Through activities like farm camps, the importance of agriculture is being realized and new kind of students who can meet the technical demand are being trained, Katikkiro added
Owek Hajji Amis Kakomo, the state minister for agriculture in Buganda government, noted that there is a trend of the youth preferring to engage in activities where they earn quick money. This makes them miss out on the vast opportunities that agriculture provides.
Mr Galena Ana, who represented the Dutch ambassador, applauded the organizers for the good initiative and reckoned that it will increase interest of the youth for agriculture.
Among other activities, the participants were equipped with skills like testing the acidity of soil, poultry farming, making of biogas, planting trees, dairy farming, among others.
More than 91 schools were represented by about 300 students who attended the camp, which was under the theme, “Learning to do and Doing to Learn”.
It was organized by UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in partnership with the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB), World Agro Forestry Centre (ICRAF), The Good Seed Initiative, and Tree Talk, among others.
Some of the schools that were represented at the camp include Gayaza High School, St Catherine Secondary School Lira, Tororo Girls’ SS, Namagabi SS Kayunga, St Peter’s College Tororo, Ntare School, Duhaga Secondary School, Sir Samuel Baker School Gulu, Hormisdallen Primary School, and Royal Junior Primary School.