On Wednesday August 23, 2017, the RAN team under the leadership of Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean Makerere University School of Public Health and RAN Chief of Party/Lab Director visited Atamba Farm in Mukono, Uganda for continued Innovation and beneficiary support. Prof. Bazeyo was joined by Nathan Tumuhamye, RAN Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab Director and Ronald Kayiwa, Innovation Officer. Atamba Farm is one of the pilot farms for the Low-cost Solar Irrigation Pump, one of the innovations currently under incubation at the RAN Innovation Lab.
The purpose of this visit was to check on the irrigation system’s performance in consultation with the Farm proprietor Mrs. Joan Kakwenzire, Uganda’s Presidential Advisor of Poverty and her team. The RAN Team physically engaged and interacted with the farm Mrs. Kakwenzire who also sincerely appreciated RAN for the value added to her farm. ‘Thank you RAN team for helping me to realize benefits from this piece of land, this Irrigation Pump has helped us to register more yields from the farm because we are able to provide water for irrigation all through the year’shared Mrs. Kakwenzire. Besides benefiting from using the Low-Cost Solar Irrigation Pump, the Innovation consortium (one of the awardees under RAN’s Resilience Innovation Acceleration Program (RIAP) 2) had revamped almost all the farm machines that had been rendered dysfunctional. She expressed need to extend the pumping system to cover a larger part of her farm and replace the fuel pump which draws water from the dam with a solar powered one so as to save on fuel costs. Prof. Bazeyo and team were happy to explore further helping Atamba Farm to grow and be able to harvest more than what they are enjoying now while also giving advice on how the orange wilt disease which is currently affecting the orange trees in the farm could be cabbed.
‘Solutions through Innovation’