UR PhD students meet senior academics to discuss their research progress

A research seminar brought out six PhD students under the support of UR-Sweden Program and other projects to present before senior academics with a view to assess their research progress and provided related guidance. The seminar was organized by the College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine.

Marguerite Mukangango is a PhD student at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). In her presentation, she said that her research is intended to put in place mechanisms that would relieve farmers by increasing their productivity using nitrogen-rich cereal plants.

From her research station, Mukangango is conducting experiment on cereal plants such as Mimosa Scabrella, Acacia angustissima and Leucaena pallida to analyze their role in boosting growth, and how they can improve soil fertility.  She is looking towards getting results that she intends to cascade to farmers so that they can adopt best agricultural practices.  Her research is entitled “Acacia angustissima, Mimosa Scabrella and Leucaena pallida in Agroforestry systems on Rwanda Ferralsols: Tree growth, digestibility manure fertilizer value and soil fertility improvement

Mukangango during her presentation

Mukangango is confident that her research will culminate in solving some of community challenges in agriculture which will ultimately propel the economy of the country.

Besides, she believes that her research will be a curtain raiser for more research opportunities in agriculture especially in the area of animal food and soil protection.

“I am exploring more sub-studies in the general scope of my research area; I am also poised to make four scientific research papers that will be published in accredited research journals” she said.

Another PhD student during the seminar was Aimable Nsabimana whose research topic is Empirical Essay on Household Demand and Policy implication in EAC. He is looking at different policy implications on farmers and how they can contribute to the welfare of household in EAC.

In his study that focuses on agricultural production system, food consumption and markets, Nsabimana questions the non-compliance to modern agricultural technology and other agricultural policies that aimed to boost the productivity.  According to him, farmers experience a static status and some might even go backward and the case in point is that the production is still low, the soil is no longer nutrient, and the purchasing power is not equivalent to the income of consumers.

Presentation by Nsabimana

“Tangible reasons are yet to be known why farmers are not using modern agricultural inputs such as pesticide, improved seeds and fertilizers when they are farming” He noted, adding that the participatory approach and other incentive would be envisaged to ensure that farmer are part and parcel of agricultural related policies.

Besides, Nsabimana is examining the household food demand pattern; analyzing factors underpinning the consumption between rural and urban people with regard to their purchasing power. He is calling for the Government to either subsidize the market food prices or come up with other alternatives for farming system. According to him, this will empower farmers to produce at a low cost, which will ultimately lower prices at the markets.

Speaking during the seminar Dr Laetita Nyinawamwiza, Principal of the College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine noted the seminar was geared towards linking PhD students and their supervisors to discuss the research progress.

Remarks by Dr Nyinawamwiza; the Principal of UR-CAVM

She also added that it was an opportunity for PhD students to embrace the culture of sharing good stories.

 

Other six Research topics that were presented include:

Responses of Rwandan rice (Oryza sativa L.) cultivars to repeated drought and temperature combination by Alphonsine Mukamuhirwa

Mastitis in dairy cows in Rwanda: Characterization, Prevalence, etiology, molecular epidemiology and effects on milk quality by Jean Baptiste Ndahetuye

Impact on Hilltop Community land Use/ Land Cover Practices on Downstream Surface Water Quality: Migina Catchment, Southern Provice of Rwanda by Charles Kasanziki

Contribution to Food Security through Sustainable Tilapia Farming In Rwanda by L. Niyibizi

Assess the effect of rainfall availability on planting in Central Bugesera agro-ecology, Rwanda". By G. Ngoga Tenge

Modelling of Tree- Crop interaction in Gishwati Forest area, Rwanda by B. Musana

 

Other presenters during the research seminar

Academics-Participants in the Seminar

Story by:Murangwa DariusCorporate Communications OfficeUniversity of Rwanda

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