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Agriculture Boot Camp for Miss Uganda Contestants 2015/16

July 1, 2015

In a bid to promote agriculture and increase awareness on modern agricultural technologies, Uganda Biosciences Information Center (UBIC) in collaboration with Miss Uganda Foundation organized a boot-camp from June 22-26, 2015 at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI). Agriculture is an important source of livelihood to more than 75 percent of Uganda's population and the boot camp aimed to orient the beauty queens to the sector, which they are expected to promote among the youth and women.

During the boot camp, the beauty queens were introduced to the field management of key crop including cereals, legumes, root crops, and fruits. The contestants were also introduced to crop improvement techniques including biotechnology and value-addition. The head of the root crops program at NaCRRI -Dr. Titus Alichai urged the beauty queens to be positive ambassadors to their communities, on what they learned about modern agricultural biotechnology.

A total of 21 girls are taking part in the contest with the final winners to be announced on July 10, 2015. The outgoing Miss Uganda 2014/15 Leah Kalanguka has spent most of her reign urging the young people to embrace modern agricultural technologies. UBIC intends to engage the next crowned beauty queens as outreach ambassadors for on-going agricultural research in Uganda.

For more information about biotechnology in Uganda, send an e-mail to ubic.nacrri@gmail.com.