Dr. Peter Beine has been confirmed as the Executive Director of the National Animal Genetics Resources Centre and DataBank by Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries (NAGRC&DB).
Following the arrest of Dr. Charles Lagu for alleged corruption, Beine has been working in an acting capacity for the past year.
This website has also learned that Beine was appointed after the NAGRC board of directors recommended him and the Attorney General advised him.
He previously worked for the Ministry of Agriculture as the Assistant Commissioner for Agricultural Planning and Development.
Beine holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics with a focus on agricultural production and productivity economics from the University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom, as well as a Master’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from Makerere University.
The National Animal Genetics Resources Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB) is a non-profit organization under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries with the mission of building a comprehensive national animal breeding program.
Dr Charles Lagu, the then-NAGRC Executive Director, was arrested in May of last year after being accused in court with corruption and abuse of office.
Encroachers had taken over much of the area used for government ranches by the time he was apprehended.
Encroachers, for example, have taken over 15 square kilometers of government land in Kiruhura District’s Ruhengyere, Nshaara, and Sanga ranches.
The Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo, however, withdrew part of the allegations against Dr.Lagu earlier this year.