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Feeds Industry and Business

The majority of livestock farm production units in Uganda are characterized by low output per animal and unit area, slow growth rates and small-sized mature animals. The units are mainly in or near urban areas and use compounded animal feeds to supplement rations. Animal feeds account for 70% of production costs, thereby having a great impact on the farmers' total production costs and profits.

Small-scale dairy, poultry and piggery farms are a source of livelihood to the poor and they also play a vital role in ensuring increased supplies of milk, meat and eggs to the urban populations. However, the production level on these farms is hindered by dependency on a limited number of feed ingredient sources, lack of skilled manpower, limited access to credit facilities, lack of information, knowledge and skills concerning good manufacturing practice in the production of animal feeds, and lack of basic training in animal nutrition and feed milling technology. This has led to poor quality feeds on the market, further leading to low livestock and poultry production in Uganda.

To drive transformative skills, knowledge, technology, innovation, SMEs (Small-Medium Enterprises) and services into the meat industry and in partnerships, continuously improve production, health, employment, community well-being and economic growth.

The specific objectives of this programme are;

  1. To provide students with a basic training in animal nutrition, application of feed ingredients and concentrates for animals, aquaculture species and their nutritional consequences.
  2. To impart hands-on experience (practical) with the various types of equipment used in feed production and value addition.
  3. To produce skilled graduates who are job creators in feeds related enterprises.


Program offered:

  • Artisan skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills diploma

Minimum Programme Duration: Two years for ordinary certificates and two years for diplomas.

Target group:Those interested in building attractive industrial, business, professional and service careers associated with the feed production industry.

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • For artisan skills development certificate, the minimum is a school leaver with a good grade.
  • For professional skills qualification (ordinary certificate and ordinary diploma), the minimum is an ordinary level certificate.
  • Graduates of tertiary institutions and farmers are encouraged to apply because this program is designed to nurture skills, employment and enterprises for all.
  • O-level certificate entrants will undertake a bridging course when proceeding from diploma to degree level.

This programme offers work opportunities as one or more of the following;

  1. Feed ingredient specialist
  2. Feed production equipment and machinary operator
  3. Feed production equipment and machinery maintenance technician
  4. Feeding equipment designers and constructor
  5. Feed quality control technician
  6. Feed marketing officer
  7. On-farm feed production and feeding advisor
  8. Feed compounding and mixing technician
  9. Animal feed type specialist

Further Information
Visit the AFRISA Secretariat in the Veterinary Complex, Makerere University Main Campus.
Call +256-312 514 068 / +256-414-554 685 or send an email to <info@afrisa.org>

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