Strengthening of the Analytical Laboratory

The analytical laboratory capacity has been strengthened in terms of equipment, personnel and capability. Consequently, there has been a sharp rise in the number of samples analyzed annually. Result? Accurate fertilizer use recommendations based on analytical data, hence effective use of available financial resources for stakeholders, and improved agricultural production.

With the acquisition of an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS), the laboratory has widened its services from routine analyses to include trace elements and heavy metals as well. Plant tissues, inorganic fertilizer, organic materials and water samples can also be analyzed.

Publications and awards

Several papers and articles have been published and contributions to books and book chapters made in the recent past. There are also several papers/publications under preparation. Some of the unit’s staff have received international awards for their outstanding research performance.

Policy and other recommendations

The unit has been involved in the development of policy recommendations, which have yielded the following results;

  • Involvement of Local Government authorities in the implementation of activities including demonstrations, sensitization workshops and field days at district level has been instituted.
  • Sensitization of specific policy makers on case-by-case basis has been done.
  • Policy recommendations for land resources management and research in southern Uganda.
  • Information on the social and bio-physical factors and the available technologies that will enable farmers manage soil resources and the entire landscape in a sustainable manner has been availed.
  • Working papers and biophysical data to explain development pathways have been produced.
  • Soil Erosion hazard and pilot Land Use Plans development

With LVEMP project support, data collected from the Lake Victoria basin was analyzed and;

• Models for various environmental parameters validated and applied to predict environmental quality attributes. Soil erosion hot spots, pollution and other soil management constraints were quantified and intervention areas identified.

• The land resources data for the districts of Rakai and Mayuge was updated to detailed scale that is suitable for land suitability mapping.

 

Vision

To be a centre of excellence generating and promoting appropriate agricultural technologies

Mission

To generate and promote agricultural technologies and improve productivity, value addition, income and food security

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