Julius Bataamye, 49, is an accomplished commercial farmer. But as executive secretary at Uganda Petroleum College, Kigumba, few can imagine him on the farm pushing wheelbarrow-loads of animal waste, collecting chicken droppings and tending gardens. When Bataamye was in primary school, his father often sent him to a one Mulungwa, a resident of Butansi who was married to his (Bataamye's) auntie, to borrow cash to pay school fees. He was a farmer.
The professional lawyer owns a multi-million JB Farm in Naminage, Kamuli district. Sitting on 102 acres, JB Farm has a piggery with 1,250 pigs, 62 heifers and 39 calves, 409 goats, 79 sheep, 150 turkeys, 10,000 layers, 40 exotic rabbits and a modern incubator that hatches 1,500 chicks every month.
The farm also has a six-acre banana plantation, 1,000 mango trees, 2,000 coffee trees, nine acres of rice and a fish pond with 5,000 mmale (catfish) and tilapia.
When Bataamye was in primary school, hi... Read more
Best farmer 2018 winner; Betty Mbaziira has been keeping cows in western Uganda for over 20 years. She also processes yoghurt which she sells in western Uganda, Kampala and Entebbe regions.
Mbaziira was born in a cattle keeping family. Her father, Esau Rukumba was a cattle-keeper. "When my husband and I got married in 1999, we were given many cows as presents," she says. Mbaziira comes from an Ankole community where newlyweds are given cattle as presents.
My husband and I agreed to buy land and settle our cows there. She does not remember how much money they spent on the land, which has since turned into home to over 60 well-maintained dairy cattle.
Mbaziira was a businesswoman in Kampala for many years. In fact, until her husband died in 2003, farming was largely a hobby. Her husband, Mbaziira, left her with young children.
... Read moreI was also tired of buying expensive milk in Kampala, yet I had milk in the village at sh200 per litre," In 20
For its many uses, groundnuts (scientific name, Arachis hypogaea) find themselves satiating our appetite. Also known as peanuts, groundnuts are consumed as sauce or a confectionary roasted snack.
Groundnut paste is mixed with mushrooms, beef, fish or even vegetables for a savoury taste.
Due to their popularity, groundnuts rank second to beans in legumes grown in Uganda.
As a legume, it improves soil fertility by fixing nitrogen. But with erratic weather conditions and increasing pests and diseases, the National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI) in Serere has since 1966 been researching on resistant varieties. Here is why and how you can grow groundnuts effortlessly.
Best agronomic practices
According to Dr Scovia Adikin, a breeder specialising in dry land cereals at NaSARRI, poor agronomic practices play a big role in low productivity.
Groundnuts do well in semi-arid tropical regions, below 1,500 metres above sea level with a temperature... Read more
Feeding poultry with nutritious feed is important for their proper growth.
However, the way you feed the birds is equally crucial as putting the feed on bare ground for the birds to feed, results in improper feeding and wastage.
If a farmer places the feeds on bare ground the birds find it hard to eat.
This is why a poultry farmer should feed the birds by putting feeds in chicken feeder troughs.
According to Hussein Kigozi, an animal husbandry officer and lecturer at Centenary Community College, Kayunga District, chicken feeders can be made from plastic or wooden material.
“An ideal chicken feeder should ensure easy access to food and also minimise wastage and contamination,” Kigozi says, adding, “Putting feed on the ground can be a source of diseases such as coccidiosis which is cause by contamination of feed and water.”
He says that wooden chicken feeders are cheaper than the automatic chicken feeders and can be made local... Read more
Betty Mbazira from Isingiro District has emerged the winner of the 2018 Best Farmer’s Awards, becoming the first woman to win the annual competition since it started five years ago.
After reading her name, she walked to the stage raising her hands in the air in disbelief of what had happened. My story is long but with this victory, the sky is the limit, she said. She was given a plaque and dummy cheque worth sh50m from dfcu Bank.
The 2nd overall winner, Alosious Lubega from Wakiso District and the third overall, Julius Bataamye from Kamuli district were also handed dummy cheques worth sh30m and sh20m, respectively.
The 2018 Best Farmer’ Competition award winners were unveiled on Friday night at colorful ceremony held the New Vision head-offices in Kampala.
The colorful ceremony started at around 6:30pm although the guests began arriving as early as 4:00pm. The awarding stage was decorated with fresh ready to harvest bananas, sugarcane, simsim... Read more
The East African Common Market Protocol (EACM) presents unique opportunity for delivering food security in the region because increased regional trade that effectively utilizes comparative advantages and economies of scale in the production of food staples would increase availability, in space and time, of nutritious foods at affordable prices for the low-income earners, while increasing profitability and income security for producers.
In the past, most of the efforts and investment in the sector have consistently focused on increasing on-farm productivity but average yields for major commodities in the region remain largely unchanged. To turn the on-farm efforts into tangible results, attention should be to developing sustainable markets and enhancing market access by low-income producers as well as low-income consumers. This requires the development of a thriving and profitable market-driven food sector so as to provide su... Read more
Kilimo Trust (KT) is a not-for-profit organization working on agriculture for development across the East Africa community – in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. Kilimo Trust has increasingly become the go to partner for market-led agricultural value chain development in the region. We seek to be an implementing partner of choice for EAC governments, the private sector, regional and international development partners. KT is registered in the Republic of Uganda as a fully-fledged Trust with subsidiaries in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Kilimo Trust is recruiting a Program Officer to join their Uganda team; with frequent travel within East Africa.
Purpose of the job
➢ Support the Programme execution and ensure effective implementation of the Project Deliverables;
formation of business clusters/ consortiums and improving the performance of the actors in the
➢ To support Program Development through Fundraising Initiatives and effe
John Michael Akol and his partners started the agri-business with Shs50m loan from the Micro-finance Support Centre (MSC). Their farm has since expanded to include a piggery section
John Michael Akol, the chairman of a Soroti District based farming group, Dadaag Uganda Limited rallied his associates to secure and profit from a Shs50m loan from Microfinance Support Centre (MSC) that has changed their course of life.
Citrus fruit farm
A visit to their demonstration farm on the outskirts of Soroti Town lays bare why the group has emerged successful in their ventures. A lush green vegetation of citrus fruits seedlings such as apples, Valencia orange and Tomkins mango welcome one.
The group farms on six acres in total with oranges occupying two acres, apples one, oranges one and mangoes two. Nearly 10 workers are busy on the mango and orange nursery beds going through their paces with precision.
To Akol, all this was seemingl... Read more
#StopSoilPollution ...is the objective of this World Soil Day on 5 December and throughout the year.
While we can see many of the changes we have made to our planet, some of our impacts are virtually invisible, and soil pollution is a good example. Be the Solution to Soil Pollution campaign for World Soil Day 2018 aims to raise awareness and call people to #StopSoilPollution.
One third of our global soils are already degraded. Yet we risk losing more due to this hidden danger. Soil pollution can be invisible and seems far away but everyone, everywhere is affected. With a growing population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, soil pollution is a worldwide problem which degrades our soils, poisons the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.
Soils have a great potential to filter and buffer contaminants, degrading and attenuating the negative effects of pollutants, but this capacity is finite.
How will you celebrate World Soil Day?
World Soi... Read more
Climate change is a global threat to sustainable development and food security. In developing countries, dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resources as the main livelihood strategy, is making farmers, especially women, extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach to ensure food security, increase productivity and incomes, build resilience to climate change, and reduce emissions from agricultural systems. Gender, however, is a critical dimension of CSA that cannot be ignored as gender inequalities can hinder the transition to CSA for millions of farmers.
To see transformative changes in agriculture and food systems in a changing climate, all stakeholders, including scientists, governments and development practitioners, must tackle gender issues. By mainstreaming gender into CSA, identifying the constraints and needs of women and men farmers, and providing opportunities to accelerate CSA a... Read more
According to projections by the United Nations, the world population will grow to 9,8 billion people by 2050. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calculated that 60% more food will have to be produced by 2050 than in 2007.
The current dilemma we are facing is that one out of every five children below age five experiences stunting and 11% of the adult population goes hungry every day. Furthermore, 39% of the world population is overweight and 13% is obese.
The agricultural sector must strive to plant crops that will produce more grain, while using less water and fertilizer. Animal breeding and selection must focus on meat, milk and egg production optimization, using less feed and/or grazing, while nutritionists have to formulate feed that will efficiently utilize this genetic potential.
A more efficient product
One of the biggest challenges nutritionists face is to accurately determine the nutritional value of a raw material intended for use as ani... Read more
The Ministry of ICT and National Guidance has allocated funds for Support to ICT Innovators for the National ICT Initiatives Support Programme (NIISP). The overall goal of NIISP is to create a sustainable ecosystem for ICT Innovations and to support ICT Innovators and Application Developers.
The Ministry now invites eligible applicants to submit their applications for support under the NIISP Program.
The deadline for applications is 24th January 2019. Priority Sectors for this call include but not limited to the following:
Education Management Information Systems
Business Process Tracking
Human Resource Management
Essential commodities and Medical equipment Management
Live Stock Management
Monitoring Operations Wealth Creation
Public Sector Management
Human Capital Management
Border Control and Management
Public Asset Management
Any other ICT Innovations or Applications
Tamarind, known as enkooge in some dialects in Uganda and prized for its sweet-and-sour taste, is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Often used to make juice, its sticky pulp is also a rich source of dietary fibre. Lillian Ejang believes that value addition to this wonder tree and its fruits would be of great help in up-scaling ways of combating malnutrition in the country
Seeing vendors selling them by the road side around Nakasero market, one would wonder what they are. Enkooge (tamarinds) is a fruit that will not easily attract buyers unless you are well conversant with them. Tamarinds are pod-like fruits with a brown covering that contains edible fleshy tissue. Unlike other farmers, as a way of increasing her earnings, Lillian Ejang, 37, decided to add value to tamarind.
After four years of imprisonment, Ejang had lost everything. She decided to embrace tamarind farming. “Growing up with my grandparents in Kigumba, Kiryandongo District, we... Read more
In a primarily male-dominated business, hearing from these driven, intelligent and gritty women is inspiring and a good reminder that agriculture is an industry where everyone can find success.
Phionah Kyomuhendo, or PK as the Hangouts group has coined her, is a city girl who initially made her way into agriculture through a participation in AgriProFocus’ Youth caravan. She was introduced to the farming world and fell in love. Her story reflects on her experiences in agriculture, challenges and everyday life; meet our Member of the Month-PK
1. Tell us about yourself?
Phionah Kyomuhendo is my name. I grew up in Mbarara district, Uganda where I am currently residing. I am a graduate in social sciences and business administration. I love eating, making money and helping out others thus my involvement in agriculture. Growing up, I envied farmers harvesting their crop and also believed farmers have a lot of hope. They hope in things unseen. They understand and expect that certain things... Read more
Farmers must ensure the land chosen for cocoa plantation contains good soil texture. The cocoa tree has tap roots which descend straight into the soil and the penetration is deep
In a publication by Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) about general production of cocoa, it is stated that the plant was widely cultivated by the Maya-speaking people of tropical Central America in the 16th century.
The Mayan found at least 1,000 years ago that, when roasted, the seeds or beans of the cocoa tree produced an aroma so divine and they believed the tree was a gift from the god called Quetzalcoatl.
From the roasted beans, they made a drink, often used at ceremonies and rituals, called xocolatl, from which the word ‘chocolate’ is derived.
More than 80 per cent of all cocoa is produced by smallholder farmers and it provides employment in many rural communities and pays for school fees of farmers’ children, including in Uganda.
Bri... Read more
As you descend towards Bukomansimbi Town, scenes of coffee processing factories on both the left and right hand of the road, welcome you. The town, which is the administrative and commercial centre of Bukomansimbi District, lies on the main highway between Masaka and Sembabule, is approximately 26km by road northwest of Masaka, the largest city in the sub-region
The area’s rapid growth was set off after Bukomansimbi got district status in 2010.
“One would lie to you if they told you that there is any other major income earning business apart from Coffee. We have over 10 coffee processing plants, each employing close to 20 youth,” says Dan Busuulwa, a coffee trader, adding, “any first time visitor in Bukomansimbi can easily smell this.”
A lot of business ventures flourish in the town. These range from schools, shops dealing in a number of merchandise, and coffee processing factories. Resty Namukwaya, a hotel worker in the area says the business... Read more
Dairy farming is a class of agricultural, or animal husbandry enterprise, for long-term production of milk, usually from dairy cows but also from goats and sheep, which may be either processed on-site or transported to a dairy factory for processing and eventual retail sale. It is a lucrative business, which can fetch big profits due to the increasing and ready market for dairy products.
The production capacity is based on the quality and number of animals raised on the farm. However, for 5 Friesian Cows, 100ltrs of milk will be produced as each Dairy Animal is capable of producing 20 Litres of milk per day.
Capital Investment Requirements and Equipment
This project will be operated locally on small scale, i.e. 5 Friesian Cows operated on 5 acres of land. The Fixed Capital Investment required to start this project is approximately US$ 73,521, generating a revenue potential of USD 374,400 per annum. The net profit margin... Read more
In line with their mandate of undertaking capacity building for the private sector through training and the provision of business development services, Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) teamed up with AgriProFocus, SNV, Work For Life and BDS Network to conduct an Inclusive Business Modeling Workshop for its members.
Bringing insights and know how on inclusive business to a practical application, Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) has developed several model trainings on topics relevant to inclusive business. These workshops are an easy and accessible way for companies, entrepreneurs and other inclusive business actors to dive deeper into topics such as marketing & distribution to the inclusive innovation. In collaboration with AgriProFocus and SNV, the 3-day Inclusive Business modelling workshop was moderated by leading experts from the Inclusive Business Accelerator and graduated 15 members and six organisations.
I... Read more
Dairy farmers in Uganda are smiling to the bank after their pay from milk processor Fresh Dairy shot up from Shs 60bn in 2016 to Shs 70bn last year – a signal of growing fortunes for the sub-sector, according to the company.
Fresh Dairy said in statement: “Investment in a robust livestock extension programme had begun to bear the fruits, with more of its contracted farmers adopting climate-resilient dairy practices to grow milk production.”
Farmers’ fortunes in the dairy industry come as a result of impressive growth in milk production countrywide. Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) reports in the 2017 statistical abstract that from 2012 to 2016 milk production surged to 1.7bn litres from 1.4bn litres.
Last year, production touched 1.8bn litres, say official data. Even with these figures, the statistics body says some farmers are still using traditional means and are battling climate change effects with prolonged droughts that at times... Read more
The farm clinic helps to take technology nearer to the farmers. Cassava, citrus, groundnuts, cattle, sorghum, greengram, and poultry are the major commodities that people in eastern Uganda want most.
The Serere Farm Clinic will be hosted at the Semi-Arid Resources & Research Institute (NASARRI) in Serere District and will comprise of an all-encompassing and hands-on agribusiness event. The Farm clinic will also offer agribusiness management opportunities which is what is necessary for the agricultural sector to thrive.