• Brief History
  • Key Objectives
  • Our Functions
  • Major Achievements
  • Policies
  • Community Services
  • Proposed Future Plans

Our History

The Islamic university in Uganda established the university farm in 1997 after it acquired 200 acres of land from the late Haji Musa Lubadde in Jami village Kamonkoli sub county in Budaka district 15 kilometers from Mbale along Tirinyi road. The sole objective of acquiring this land was to lay a foundation for the proposed faculty of agriculture and live stock sciences. It’s important to report that the farm land has now expanded up to 320 acres by buying off the land pieces from interested neighbors. 80% of this land lies in the low swampy area where as the 20% lies in the upper land section. The university farm is steadily moving towards the achieving the goal for which it was established. There are a number of ongoing agro activities but on a small scale; we have growing of banana , citrus ,cereal and perennial crops. The output is still low due to over dependent on manual labour, but plans are underway to have the unit fully mechanized.

CORE VALUES
  • Uptake and promotion of modern agricultural technology
  • Evidence based agricultural innovations
  • Enterprising staff and students

Key Objectives

According to the Farm Strategic Plan adopted in 2006, by the Executive Board retreat at Rock Hotel in Tororo, the objectives of the farm are;

  • To become the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.
  • To carry out production activities that will generate revenue for sustenance of the unit and contribute to general development of the university.
  • To conduct research and outreach in several sectors of agriculture for community development.

OUR FUNCTIONS

The University Farm Functions are categorized into four;.

  • Production Functions
  • Academic Functions
  • Community Services
  • Administrative Functions

Major Accomplishments and Achievements

a) The University Farm has been able to survive till this day.
b) The transformation from initially a bushy area full of snakes to a habitable, social and academic place.

c) The farm now realizes some small but increasing income

d) A number of structures have been put in place and are slowly being improved

e) Improvements in operations after acquiring oxen and some motorized equipment.

f) Permanent staff staying at the farm fully.

g) The intensification of citrus planting has given the farm a good ray of hope for the income self reliance in the nearby future.

h) Land acquisition and expansion from the original 200 to now 320 acres.

i) The farm has acquired office space for the Manager, Supervisor and Security

j) There is marked improvements in records generation and keeping eg Asset register, crop and livestock records.

k) The farm management committee is in place and functional

l) The farm developed and adopted a Comprehensive Development Plan in 2014.

POLICIES

a) Land acquisition policy

b) Land use policy

c) Rice scheme policy

d) Community service policy

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Since the inception of the farm, a number of community activities have been conducted. Others stopped while others are continous..

a) Mosque

• On 4th April 2011, we changed the management of the farm mosque from UMSC to the university. In here we under took the role of appointing an imam for the Mosque as well as the management committees

• We however work together in all matters with theTwale and the Muslim district

• The farm manager is by default the chairman of the Mosque management Committee

• We developed a development agenda for the mosque and the work plan

• Out off the development efforts made, we now have two cattle as the mosque development project which was obtained after mobilizing the Muslims into carrying out rice growing for only one season.

• The University appoints the Imam and then the community appoints the deputy Imam.

b) Community instruction children and adult Darasa program

• From 2005, we started an Islamic instruction program at the farm for community children and adults to benefit as a way of improving Islam in the area.

• The farm Imam carries out instruction as part of his job

• Over 200 community children and 50 adults have benefitted from this program.

• The community darasa draw children from a radius of 5km.

• Some three of the first students are now official mosque imams in the community.

• We plan to start the real Islamic school since the whole sub county has no Islamic school yet the Muslim population is very high.

c) Budaka Muslim Development Association.

• As part of our outreach program contribution, we set out and organized the Muslims in Budaka district into a body that brings them together and called it Budaka Muslim Development Association (BUMDA) on 18th July 2010 at the farm.

• A pioneer executive was set up and trained from 1st- 3rd October 2012at the farm in the camp that was facilitated by the University.

• BUMDA is doing a very good Muslim mobilization in the district and has registered many achievements.

d) Community Outreaches

• BUMDA net work help us to deliver information to almost all Muslims in the area since it has committees at all levels of Twale and mosques in the district.

• We always organize joint Iddi celebrations for the entire mosque community using the Jami mosque Muslim development association (JAMUDA)

• Since 2008, we have been consistent in having iftar program during Ramadan

• We have been consistent in seminars during Ramadhan, before Christma, Miraj etc

• What we lack now is an official budget for these activities

e) Outgrower Services

This shall form the backbone of our services to the community. All future links with the community should be able to enhance our production functions and market for our produce. The community shall be actively engaged in production of Citrus, Moringa, Bees and Mushrooms.

f) Leadership Enhancement Services

As part of the strategy to enhance out growership above, community leaders shall be trained in proper leadership and management skills to scale up Leadership Structural functionality, information flow, mass organisation and mass mobilisation.

g) Land Hire Program to private cultivators

this program shall continue running with improvements. It enables us to not only use idle land but keeps away encroachers and generates some revenue for the farm.

Future Plans

The following are in pipe line

  • 1) Development and approval of farm investment plan (FIP)
  • 2) Mechanization of farm operations
  • 3) Power extension to the farm (electricity)
  • 4) Ending land ownership conflicts
  • 5) Namatala river diversion for large scale rice production
  • 6) Development of citrus production to citrus processing
  • 7) Construction of key structures for livestock production
  • 8) Green house construction for year round production
  • 9) Agro processing and community-wide marketing program
  • 10) Recreation center for both the university and the entire community
  • 11) Bio gas production
  • 12) Goat rearing project
  • 13) Poultry production
  • 14) JATROPA production
  • 15) Moringa production
  • 16) Agricultural research
  • 17) Academic programs