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    At Namalere, on the Kampala-Bombo road, the Special Development Section of the Uganda Department of Agriculture runs a farm and station where Africans are trained in modern methods of cattle-breeding and mechanised farming.

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    At Namalere, on the Kampala-Bombo road, the Special Development Section of the Uganda Department of Agriculture runs a farm and station where Africans are trained in modern methods of cattle-breeding and mechanised farming.

    Acquired from a European farmer in 1955, the agricultural centre comprises a tractor operators' school, tractor hire service and workshop as well as over 200 acres of grazing land and coffee plantation. Operations are supervised by a senior staff of 23.

    In a country where the main agricultural implement is still the hoe, there is a great demand for small tractors to carry ut cultivation and help speed up the process of weeding the coffee plantations. Tractors have been bought by the Special Development Section and it takes about there months to train an African farmer in the sue of the machine. Information on technical performance under tropical conditions is passed on to the markers to that the necessary modifications can be made on new models. Farmers are encouraged to buy tractors with loans from the Uganda Credit and Savings Bank.

    Another problem is the breeding of suitable cattle. Local cattle under native management have a daily milk yield of two to there pints, a s against three to four gallons yielded by a Guernsey cow. On the other hand, cows imported from Europe are difficult to keep in an area where East Coast fever is a constant threat. The difficulty has been over come at Namalere by getting rid of disease-spreading ticks on the estate and by cross-breeding Guernsey and local cattle. Experience gained here will eventually lead to improved health through better milk supplies, quite apart from providing Africans with a considerable income from well-managed farms.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA68QHP1WAJ8UE5B5STC5UD8JDB
    Media URN:
    VLVA68QHP1WAJ8UE5B5STC5UD8JDB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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