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    Design of a Mobile Mechanical Structure for Agricultural Robots.
    (Kabale University, 2021) Musinguzi Bosco
    This report covers the design of a mobile mechanical structure for agricultural robots that will fit in the current crop spacing using the extendable link mechanism based on a four bar link mechanism linear actuator. This covers the analysis of the steering, suspension spring, singularity with its maximum and minimum angles, wheel arrangement, selection and design. The structural analysis using ANSYS is included to evaluate the strength of the mechanical structure used when in its worst working conditions and the results were presented and included in this report. The problem of farmers buying a mechanical platform for different crop spacing will be solved by this mechanical structure hence reducing the costs involved in agricultural activities and this will be the motivation factor for farmers to practice agricultural activities using one mobile mechanical structure which will solve the problem of unreliable human labour and encourage farmers to practice modernized and precision agriculture. The related work from the related projects is included with n this report since such technology is not new but it needed modification to fit in the current agricultural activities to reduce on the costs involved in carrying out agricultural works. Since there is no economical alternative for food agriculture sector needs serious attention to cater for the increasing global population.
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    Spatiotemporal Assessment and Modelling of Roof-Harvested Rainwater Quality in Kigezi Highlands, Uganda
    (Kabale University, 2022-11-01) Philip, Tibenderana; Moses, Nduhira Twesigye-omwe; Agwe, Tobby Michael; Abdulkadir, Taofeeq S; Denis, Byamukama
    Water is an everlasting free resource that is vital for life (Rahman, et al., 2014). Access to water supply is essential to good life and health. It is crucial and pivotal to many other goals highlighted in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sustainable access to water for potable and non-potable uses continues to pose enormous challenges. The challenge of achieving water security in Africa is contingent upon the hydrological variability and its extremes (UN-Water, 2010). However, the availability of freshwater resources has become a major challenge facing humanity worldwide especially in developing countries. This situation has further been aggravated by a high rate of urbanization, population growth, rising water demand, continuous depletion of fresh surface water and groundwater, climate change, water governance, extreme social inequality and pollution (Struk-Sokolowska, et al., 2020, Balogun et al., 2016). These situations require that water resources be satisfactorily managed in terms of quantity and quality to meet the current demands and attain future sustainability.