NARO founder prof. Joseph Mukiibi Dies
Prof. Joseph Mukiibi, Founder of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and Former Chairman of the Democratic Party has died.
Mukiibi who was Makerere University’s leading plant pathologist passed away on Tuesday evening according to information received from the Director General of NARO, Dr Ambrose Agona.
The deceased was professor and head of crop science at Makerere University and was responsible for setting up NARO, a Centre of Excellence in Agriculture Research in East Africa, serving as its first Director General.
Democratic Party Bigwigs including Buikwe MP Dr. Lulume Bayiga have confirmed Prof. Mukiiibi’s death.
Prof. Joseph Mukiibi who is also the former Director-General of the National Agriculture Research Organization Director-General was elected Chairperson of DP in 2005 and replaced Mzeei Boniface Byanyima, who was an anchor and voice of reason for the party over the past 25 years.
Prof. Mukiibi was a husband to former State Minister for Pensions, Benigna Mukiibi.
Prof Mukiibi has also been a plant pathologist who has published widely on tropical crop diseases.
He worked at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria and has since served on many boards including the IITA, the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia, the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International (CABI), and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
He also led consultations on institutional reforms in African agricultural research and chairs boards of several community-based organizations.
Recently, he worked in South Sudan on a project for establishing an agricultural research system in the new country.
Prof. Mukiibi was also a Fellow of Uganda National Academy of Sciences.