Gulu University Scientists in Burundi For Jua-Kali Exhibition
Gulu University team led by Dr Lamwaka Alice Veronica and Associate Professor, Echodu Richard are in Burundi, Bujumbura showcasing in the 18th East Africa exhibition that brings innovators and business community in the East African region together with the interest of showcasing strictly East African Products and Innovations.
Dr. Lamwaka known for the Covilyce Invention during the COVID-19 Pandemic and the mastery of the blend between indigenous local herbs and science, is showcasing many other innovations in the local medicine arena to the people of East Africa.
Meanwhile, Dr. Echodu the Chief or Director of Gulu University Multifunctional Research Laboratories where the traditional medicine is tested and added value, is presenting to the East African Community his innovation in testing and detecting bacteria and virus in crops.
His innovation includes test kits for the Banana Bacterial Wilt, Cassava Mosaic Virus, and Sweet Potato Virus.
According to Prof. Echodu, the new test Kits have 96 percent sensitivity, and can easily be used by ordinary smallholder farmers, commercial farmers, government agencies, labs, NGOs and development partners in the East African Region.
Gulu University won the best award for a scientific blend of local herbs for managing COVID-19 during the 21st edition that took place in Mwanza, Tanzania in 2021.
The 23rd Edition of the EAC Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Trade Fair, popularly known as the Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi Exhibition, was officially opened on December 8th, 2023 by the Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. Prosper Bazombanza.
The 23rd EAC MSMEs Trade Fair, which runs from 5th to 15th December 2023 at the Cercle Hyppique Grounds in Bujumbura, Burundi has attracted more than 1,000 artisans from all the seven (7) EAC Partner States.
The theme of this year’s fair is “Connecting East African MSMEs to enhance Intra-EAC Trade,” which aligns with the EAC Heads of State’s goal to increase intra-EAC trade by 50%.