Uganda like many other countries in Africa needs a more entrepreneurial culture to reduce on the levels of unemployment among its citizenry. The role of schools and universities in fostering an entrepreneurial mindset among young people, and in making the relevant skills available, has been emphasised in many educational fora but not adopted readily by educational institutions. Agribusiness is a fertile ground for application of many of the concepts taught within the school curriculum. It is critical that the teachers are trained and involved in Agribusiness in order to be innovative and creative and use this context for learning. Uganda is an agricultural country and the scientific approach to agriculture and following the value chain will be our progress to development.

While planting Napier grass to improve on the nutrition of the Dairy cattle at St.Mary’s College Kisubi, we set out to identify the application of the mathematical concepts we teach in class as we carried out the several farming activities. At the end of the activities,the Senior Five Mathematics Class that is learning about Flow Charts and their application in designing computer programs summarised the steps followed as shown in the chart below. These steps can be a start in developing a mobile application that can support farmers in planting Napier grass. This is our hope that when the youth are involved then they will discover the challenges faced by our farmers and find relevant solutions to these challenges including use of the available technologies.

We had to follow strict measuring rules while setting up parallel lines using the concepts taught in the topic on “Locus” and planting at intervals of same spacing.

It was clear that the garden had been set up using a scientific approach that was necessary for good yields. However, we also learnt that planting the seed pieces with two nodes covered with soil and one node standing out was the method used by our forefathers. For more information go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-0gIwubx1I We then planted another area with all the seed pieces covered with soil and flat in the hole using the approach used for planting cassava. Now this is our research project to see the difference in growth and whether to drop the old techniques with reasons. We are hopeful that in a 3-4 months time we shall be harvesting the grass at 1m high and the boys will learn how to chop it to feed the animals. We are collecting data on milk production at our farm and then track the improvement with the enhanced feeding programme that we shall have developed.

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