The Namulongs Cotton Research Station was handed over to the Ugandan Government in a ceremony at the station on Wednesday (5 January) attended by President Idi Amin.
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SV PAN Sir Joseph Hutchinson speaks and crowd applaud (2 shots)
SV Hutchinson hands ever to General Amin.
GV PAN Guests
SV General Amin unveils plaque
LV PAN Cotton field
GV Hutchinson and Amin and others touring station (5 shots)
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Background: The Namulongs Cotton Research Station was handed over to the Ugandan Government in a ceremony at the station on Wednesday (5 January) attended by President Idi Amin. The station, 16 miles (about 26 kms) from Kampala was founded in 1950 by the Cotton Research Corporation of Britain.
General Amin has premised that the work of the station will be maintained and further improved following its transfer.
SYNOPSIS: The Namulonge Cotton Research Station in Uganda...handed aver to the Ugandan Government in a ceremony on Wednesday The station was donated to the Ugandan Government by the Cotton Research Corporation of Britain. A speaker at Wednesday's ceremony was Sir Joseph Hutchinson, who's Vice-President of the Corporation's Administrative Council. The station, 16 miles from Kampala, was opened in 1950. It was designed as a research centre to provide information on the basic problems of cotton production in Africa. The centre has helped to educate workers in the cotton production industry in areas where there weren't the immediate prospects of developing local research programmes. The ceremony was part of celebrations marking the Corporations Jubilees Year... and it's highlight was the actual hand-over to Ugandan President Idi Amin. In a message the day before, the General promised that the work of the station would be maintained and further improved following the hand over. General Amin paid tribute to the Corporation's role in assisting Uganda's development. Cotton production, he said, was a major source of foreign exchange, a significant contributor to government revenues and the country's biggest employer. One of the highlights of the ceremony at the station was the unveiling of a plaque by the Ugandan President. The plaque commemorates the ceremony. A number of distinguished guests from both the Ugandan Government and the Cotton Research Corporation were attending the hand-over ceremony.
An important features of the Namulonge station is that it combines many different research approaches in one place...and Uganda is on important cotton-growing nation. The Cotton Research Corporation has developed a number of lines of research in Barbados and at Tiberton, in South Africa. This research has been applied to the full in Uganda. Since it opened, the station has been supported in part by funds from a number of different organisations in Britain. In addition to funds, the British Government has been providing many of the technicians and scientists who operate the station. For the past ten years, the Government of Uganda has also been making annual contributions. Apart from the large scope of its work in cotton production, the Namulonge Station also operates an animal husbandry experimental unit and a seed multiplication scheme. (PAUSE ONE SECOND) During the day, General Amin and Sir Joseph Hutchinson toured the centre and examined all the aspects of its work.