PHOTOS: How Ugandan Innovator Katamba Shook the World

Ronald Katamba (C) poses with other innovators after receiving his cheque

Ugandan young innovators continue to fly the Ugandan flag high, viagra order with some of them getting international recognition and others scooping high class global awards.

The latest Ugandan innovation that attracted international attention was Ronald Katamba’s ‘Jaguza’ Livestock Software, a system used to monitor and diagnose early stages of diseases in animals, using sensor technology, and locate the whereabouts of animals in a given area using GPS systems.

The system was recognized as the best e-agriculture for young ICT Innovation at the recently held Common Wealth Telecommunication Awards.

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Katamba (R) is flying Uganda's flag high

Katamba (R) is flying Uganda’s flag high

Katamba was later invited for the CTO Forum held mid-September in Nadi, Fiji, where he was handed a cash prize worth USD 1000.

While delivering his acceptance speech, Katamba observed that Uganda has the youngest population in the whole world but continues to lag behind economically because the country’s backbone (Agriculture) is not empowered with new solutions.

“Uganda has the youngest population in the whole world. Unfortunately we are still a Third World country with most of our citizens so poor that they live below the poverty line and thrive on agriculture and livestock farming for their livelihood,” he said.

“This is where I came in as an IT expert to develop a software that would help these people especially the rural folk to detect beforehand the diseases that attack their cows and hinder the quality of meat and quantity of milk production,” he added.

Katamba addressing guests at the awards ceremony in Fiji

Katamba addressing guests at the awards ceremony in Fiji

Katamba noted that his ‘Jaguza’ app has been tested and is already working in 32 Ugandan farms, in villages across the country.

He said that the app has received a big welcome from farmers, including President Museveni who is a big livestock farmer and exporter of milk and beef to East African countries.

“When I came up with this technological innovation, I was targeting mostly rural livestock farmers. This app is what they really needed to know what’s affecting their cows and to link them to veterinary doctors as well as help them locate their cows that often are stolen by cattle rustlers,” Katamba said.


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