The construction of the agro-processing laboratory facility and animal feed mill at Rwentanga Farm Institute in Bubaare sub-county, Mbarara district, has been completed.
The government invested over Shs 2 billion in this project, which was pledged by President Museveni and carried out by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC). These facilities are intended to enhance training and skills development.
The principal of Rwentanga Farm Institute, William Tukwasibwe, highlighted that the youth and farmers will benefit significantly from this project. They will receive training in animal health and production, enabling them to create job opportunities in communities where employment options in private and public sectors are diminishing.
During the technical handover ceremony at Rwentanga Farm Institute, the Mbarara Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Turyabagyenyi Emmanuel Kateera, stressed the importance of career guidance for students in government-aided schools, both at the primary and secondary levels, as well as in higher education institutions. He encouraged students to pursue courses that lead to job creation rather than merely seeking degrees for job-seeking purposes.
Eng William Bananuka, the Mbarara district engineer, mentioned that the construction was funded through a presidential pledge, with support from the Ministry of Education and Sports. The goal is to elevate Rwentanga Farm Institute to a college in the near future, offering diploma courses.
Perez Kabereebere, the chairperson of Bubaare sub-county, Kashari South, emphasized how the institution has improved the economic standards in the area by introducing advanced farming technologies. He urged local leaders to visit the institution and encourage children and farmers to participate in the training programs.
Agasha Muhwezi, the Ankole Diocesan Education Secretary, expressed appreciation to the president for increasing salaries for science teachers. However, he also voiced concerns about some beneficiaries who lacked discipline and professionalism. Some had used the salary increases to secure significant bank loans for business investments, neglecting their teaching responsibilities. RDC Mbarara Turyabagyenyi Emmanuel called for an investigation by foundation bodies into the behavior of these science teachers and requested them to report their findings to the RDC’s office. This action is intended to address the issue of science teachers lacking a spirit of patriotism.