On the 24th of July 2018, a new flagship Community Breeding Programme under the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB) was launched by the Ministry in Kampala.
The official launch of the programme was done by the First Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali alongside Hon. Vincent Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Joy Kabatsi the State Minister for Animal Industry and Dr. Charles Lagu the NAGRC&DB Executive Director.
The activities of the Agency are guided by the NAGRC&DB Strategic and Investment Plan for the 2015/16 – 2019/20 duration under the theme “Livestock and wealth creation for sustainable growth & development.”
NAGRC&DB was established with a twofold mandate, namely; to play a leading role in the commercialization of animal breeding activities in Uganda and to carry out development activities that enhance animal Genetic improvement and productivity.
Specifically, the commercial activities included:
- Availing for sale semen, eggs, ova, embryos and associated equipment;
- Management of farms for production, selection and sale of superior dams and sires;
- Rearing of sire studs for production and sale of semen;
- Production and sale of liquid nitrogen and associated equipment;
- Production and sale of founder brood stock of fisheries resources;
- Offer for sale properly bred stock through pathways such as open nucleus schemes;
- Procurement and sale of other breeding and reproduction equipment.
While the development activities included:
- Servicing as National Animal Genetic Data Bank;
- Serving as National Central Livestock Registry;
- Serving as the National Animal Genetic Resources Evaluation Centre and Laboratory;
- Serving as a national gene depository and examination Centre for Genetic materials;
- Quarantine and evaluation of imported genetic materials;
- Offering specialized training to technicians dealing in animal breeding;
- Training of staff and farmers in aspects of animal, poultry and fish breeding;
- Collaboration in animal breeding and production environments research;
- Encouraging the formation of breeder and breed organizations;
- Providing guidance in breeding and multiplication of improved breeds;
- Promotion of herd-recording, and performance testing on farms;
- Promotion of natural mating especially in areas where Artificial insemination is not available;
- Developing breeding extension guidelines for farmers and extension workers.