In late April and early May a special delegation from Uganda visited Israel lead by the president’s sister who is also Head of the President’s Bureau.
The delegation combined tours of Israel’s unique sites, including a visit to the Dead Sea, and a guided tour of Jerusalem with visits to Granot’s offices, Agrostudies’ Ruppin Campus, the Campus at K’far Silver and several farms where Ugandan students live and work.
Throughout the week the delegation met and spoke with the students about their experiences in Israel, in addition to the government’s expectations from them when they return to their home country.
Uganda joined the Agrostudies program during the 2013-14 school year and has significantly increased the number of students participating this year in light of last year’s success. In addition, the government has expressed great involvement and support of the students. The President of Uganda has sent a direct message to the students of Uganda promising them financial assistance upon their return, so they may establish farms throughout the country, allowing the students to utilize their newfound knowledge and pass it forward to the country’s farmers.
Uganda is well known for its rich natural resources and favorable conditions, making it an ideal site for various crops such as sugar, tea, coffee and more. The greatest challenge facing Uganda today, preventing them from leaping forward is knowledge and experience with technology, which they hope to acquire here in Israel.