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Makerere To Send 200 Interns To Israel

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According to Makerere University Brand and Marketing Manager, Agaba Issa Mugabo, who is the key contact person for the Israel-Makerere internship, the request is due to the outstanding and exceptional performance of the first bunch of the students.


The minister of Education and Sports, Jessica Alupo, representing the President of Uganda, flagged off the first group of the students to Israel on October 3, 2013.


A total of 26 students include second years undertaking BSc. Agric and BSc. Horticulture from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, three graduates from the same college a few years ago and two students from Busitema University.


News from Israel indicates that Makerere students were divided into two groups and sent to two farms respectively; 21 students are deployed at Pri-or Meadrine Farm located in Mefelisim in the Negev desert Southern Israel and the other 10 at Tsarfati Farm in the North of Tel Aviv.


The students reside in a rented bungalow paid for by the farm owners and as part of their training, they are provided food to cook for themselves, pack and eat from their place of work to avoid time wastage.


Makerere Brand and Marketing Manager, Mugabo, visited the students and says, “in addition to food and accommodation, students were given uniforms, shoes, gumboots, t-shirts, jackets and other essential farm items to make their work easy and comfortable”.

An intern poses for a photo after a hard day’s work

According to Mugabo, the first task assigned to the students was to collect a maximum of five boxes of oranges each per day.

Farm managers thought this was too big a task for the students but they were surprised to see the boys picking between 7-15 boxes each per day and only limited by storage facilities.


“The Ugandan students have beaten the Rwandese record for being more focused and steadfast and if all goes well, Makerere will next year send more than 200 students because all the farmers are impressed with the Ugandan students,” Agaba said.


The students are earning a minimum of $60 per day. This was the first time Makerere University and Uganda as a whole sent students for this Israel AgroStudies paid internship.

Only boys went because of accommodation issues but arrangements have been finalised and next year, female students will be included.

The interns pick 7-15 boxes a day

AgroStudies brings students from South Asian, Latin America and African countries including the Philippines, Peru, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, India, Vietnam, Rwanda, Togo, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi, and Ivory Coast, among others.

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