Students at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) are calling on the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation to prioritize allocating more resources to propel their innovative concepts into tangible products.
With diverse projects ranging from agro-drones to solar-powered cooking stoves, these students aim to revolutionize various sectors.
One groundbreaking initiative showcased at the university is an agro drone on the brink of transitioning from a proof of concept to a prototype stage.
Steven Kibande, an innovative student in electrical engineering, envisions this drone facilitating automated pest spraying and crop monitoring, transforming farming practices.
Another notable innovation in progress is a micro hoe with ox plough blades, poised to replace traditional rudimentary hoes during cultivation.
Aume Eunice, a biomedical innovative student, emphasizes the potential impact on enhancing agricultural efficiency.
Sarah Abeneitwe, an innovator at MUST, presented a solar cooking stove operating with solar energy and volcanic rocks, currently at the prototype stage.
These inventions, among others, caught the attention of Monica Musenero, the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, during a university exhibition.
Musenero expressed her enthusiasm and identified a focal person to collaborate closely with the young innovators.
However, Minister Musenero acknowledged the challenges ahead, stating,
"While impressed by these prototypes, there are crucial steps to be taken to transform them into real products that align with the country's industrialization agenda."
Mbarara City North MP, Robert Rukaari, weighed in on the matter, emphasizing the importance of supporting such initiatives for national development.
Dr. Medad Twinamatsiko, Director of Innovations and Technology Transfer at MUST highlighted the significance of the minister's involvement in catalyzing the journey from prototypes to market-ready products.