Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has awarded two Ugandans who have made significant contributions to agriculture and education sector in Uganda with the JICA President’s award.
Every year, JICA President awards individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to human resource, social development, education, agriculture and other sectors in developing countries through International cooperation projects.
This year, at total number of 58 individuals including 2 Ugandans across the world have been recognized.
Dr. Godfrey Asia from National Agriculture Crop Resources and Research Institute (NaCRRI) as well as Mr Godfrey Muwanga from Nakawa Vocational Training Institute were the winners of JICA President’s award 2019.
Speaking at the awards ceremony in Kampala, the senior JICA Representative in Uganda Mr Takayuki Uchiyama praised the winners for their long term commitment and contribution to JICA implemented projects for the development of this country.
“The winners have contributed to the program for more than 20 years. Their tremendous contribution is not only for the development of Uganda but also other African countries,” he said
Some of the projects that they have worked on include the rice program which has been running since 2004 at NACRRI in Namulonge as well as technical cooperation projects at Nakawa Vocational Training institute in Nakawa which have been running since early 2000s.
The two were awarded because of their stewardship in these projects as project managers as well as project coordinators.
Paul Lubega, the program officer Agriculture development at JICA said that rice project at NaCCRI in Namulonge will increase rice production, incomes and reduce hunger while the technical cooperation projects at Nakawa Vocational Training institute has improved capacity of Uganda’s technicians especially those at the institute.
Asked whether rice at NaCCRI is not genetically modified, he said it’s indigenous varieties which have been improved over time.
He added that the project has built capacity of researchers who have been trained on development of new rice varieties and these in turn have trained extension officers who train farmers.