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Renovation Works At Bukalasa Agricultural College Launched

Muhwezi who is also head of Secretariat Technical Vocational Education and Training Policy Working Group revealed that in the first phase the renovation works will be executed by Vambeco Enterprises Uganda at 9.4 billion shillings.
Loy K. Abaine Muhwezi the Assistant Commissioner Technical Education launching renovation works together with Luweero RDC Phoebe Namulindwa and CAO Godfrey Kuruhiira

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The first phase of renovation works at Bukalasa Agricultural College to turn it into a Center of Excellence has been launched.

The launch was on Thursday presided over by Loy K. Abaine Muhwezi the Assistant Commissioner Technical Education on behalf of Alex Kakooza the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Sports which is undertaking the works.

Muhwezi who is also head of Secretariat Technical Vocational Education and Training Policy Working Group revealed that in the first phase the renovation works will be executed by Vambeco Enterprises Uganda at 9.4 billion shillings.

Muhwezi revealed that some buildings at the 100-year-old College will be demolished and replaced with new structures.

She explains that the College will receive a new state of the Art Library, a Layer Barn, a Broiler Barn, a Pullet Barn, a Piggery Unit, a Zero Grazing Structure and a feed mill.

She added that a Milk Processing House will be constructed and toilets renovated among other works.

Muhwezi noted that the major works are sponsored by World Bank under Uganda Skills Development Project to transform the College into Center Excellence and provide new competency-based education training.

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The Principal of Bukalasa Agricultural College Gelvan Kisolo Lule said the project is not only about renovation works but the staff has already benefitted in skilling from Canada and India courtesy of a grant from World Bank. The first phase will be executed in nine months.  

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However Herbert Kiguli the Commissioner for Human Resource Development who represented Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Agriculture Animal Husbandry and Fisheries cautioned the employees of Vambeco Enterprises Uganda against engaging in any sexual relations with students or residents, which affect the project.

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Haile Banteyehun the Managing Director of Vambeco Enterprises Uganda pledged to execute the works professionally and deliver it within the agreed time.

The college will also be equipped with state of the art equipment and the total cost of the entire project will be 18.3 billion shillings.

Bukalasa Agricultural College was founded in 1920 as a Cotton Breeding Centre and since then, partly via mergers with other institutes, developed into the current institute that provides agricultural education.

There are currently over 2,000 students pursuing certificate and diploma courses in Agriculture.

The Ministry of Education and Sports under the same project will also conduct renovation works at Kaberamaido Technical Institute, Rwentanga Farm Institute and Ssese Farm Institute which are affiliated to Bukalasa Agricultural College.

Kaberamaido Technical Institute will receive a spray race, feed mill, milk processing house and a milking parlour at shillings 4.9 billion whereas  Rwentanga Farm Institute-Mbarara will acquire a Library at shillings 3.2 billion.

Ssese Farm Institute in Kalangala will also get a Zero Grazing Unit, Milking House and Milk Processing Unit at about shillings 4.9 billion. All these will be completed within 6 months.