Dr. Akankwasa Barirega Assumes Office As NEMA Executive Director

Dr. Akankwasa Barirega Assumes Office As NEMA Executive Director

By Simon Abaho

Agriculture Minister Frank Tumwebaze has confirmed the appointment of Dr. Peter Beine, as the new National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB) Executive Director.

Dr. Beine has been the acting Executive Director since 2020 after the interdiction of Dr Charles Lagu over a semen deal.

“Upon the recommendation of the NAGRC&DB Board of Directors and in accordance with the legal advice of the and Attorney General, the Hon. Minister for Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries Frank Tumwebazek has appointed Dr. Peter Beine as the Executive Director for the Agency, ” the Ministry of Agriculture wrote on Twitter.

Prior to becoming the Acting ED, Beine assistant commissioner at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal
Industry and Fisheries.

He also served as a program officer at the National Root Crops Programme, Cassava Regional Center of Excellence (CRCoE).

Beine has currently a PhD in Impact Evaluation obtained from the University of Greenwich, London, UK and a M.Sc. degree in Agricultural, Environmental and Applied Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa also supported by a BSc in Agriculture from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

He has also undertaken international specialized courses in monitoring & evaluation, advanced statistical data analysis, large scale survey planning and execution, micro and macro datasets management and project management.

His core competencies include management and coordination of both national and regional agricultural and development projects, monitoring & evaluation and impact evaluations.

In his career, Peter has worked for CABI International for 5 years as Deputy National Coordinator of a World Bank funded regional project (UNEP/GEF-IAS Project) which was implemented in Uganda, Ghana, Zambia and Ethiopia.

He later joined the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) and served for two years as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer covering 11 countries.

Through
NAGRC&DB, government seeks establish a comprehensive and sustainable National Animal Breeding Programme which meets the commercial and developmental interests of the actors along the livestock sub-sector value chains.

It’s one of the statutory semi-autonomous bodies of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF).

The formation of NAGRC&DB was part of the fulfilment of the aspirations in the National Animal Breeding Policy (1997), document and the Action Plan for its implementation providing guidelines to all actors in the animal breeding and production value-chain.

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