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Dr Anthony Ntaate Appointed Interim Head of NAGRC

Dr Johnson Nkuuhe, the chairperson of the NAGRC of Directors told Uganda Radio Network-URN that Ntaate was entrusted with the position by virtue of being the most senior officer who has also acted as Executive Director of the same entity on several occasions in the past. Dr. Ntaate on his part says that he is still weighing the option of accepting or rejecting the assignment.
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Dr Anthony Ntaate has been appointed interim Executive Director of National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank. Dr Ntaate is the current Director and Technical Manager for Production at the centre. 

Dr Johnson Nkuuhe, the chairperson of the NAGRC of Directors told Uganda Radio Network-URN that Ntaate was entrusted with the position by virtue of being the most senior officer who has also acted as Executive Director of the same entity on several occasions in the past. 

The Board decision comes a week after the interdiction of Dr Charles Lagu, who is facing corruption related charges in court. He was arrested last month and subsequently charged with abuse of office, obtaining money by false pretense, causing financial loss to government and conspiracy to defraud. 

The Minister advised that while on Trial, another person was needed to serve in acting capacity until the case in court is closed. Dr Ntaate, the choice for the task, joined NAGRC in 2018. He worked as the Animal Health and Production Scientist at National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) and veterinary officer for Isingiro District.  He has a master’s degree in food safety and bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine.  

NAGRC and DB is mandated to establish a comprehensive and sustainable National Animal Breeding Programme which meets the commercial and developmental interests of the actors along the livestock sub-sector value chains. However, it has for the last two years been rocked with allegations of mismanagement and grabbing among others. 

The institution has 370 members of staff including the managers of the eleven stock farms and ranches across Uganda. These include Maruzi in Apac district, Rubona in Kabarole, Aswa (Pader) and Kasolwe in Kamuli.  Others are   Njeru (Buikwe district), Bulago (Bulambuli district), Ruhengyere, Sanga and Nshara in Kiruhura district. 

Nkuuhe says that going forward, there is need to recruit about 20 more staff, build staff houses for workers on the 11 stock farms and ranches.

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