At the farm in Uganda we need to build a mais mill, in order to eliminate the "middle men", lower the production cost of flour and have a further income source. Moreover the mill will give the possibility to produce animal food for the farm itself.
Ssezibwa Demonstration Farm is a farm in the district of Mukono (Uganda), which activity goes to benefit the whole community after a self-sustainable cycle. A the farm community members are introduced to farming and agriculture. (see project nr. 11
1. Construction of a corn mill
One of the biggest difficulties for the community, is the luck of differenciation in the activity and therefore in the income. For example the luck of possibility to
further work-out the harvest. This means farmers need to sell it for a much lower price: the cost of 1 kg of mais is of 0,2 Euros, towards 0,5 Euros for 1 kg
of mais flour. The nearest mill is at 25 chilometres, which brings a further expense on transport and grinding. At the farm we want to build a mill, in order to eliminate the “middle-men”, which is the cause for the higher prices, and giving the community an opportunity for a further income, being able to convert the harvest getting to have flour.
A further possibility of employment for the mill, is the grinding of harvest remains to feeding.
2. Training of 150 families in technical agricultural and farming skills
The training is taking place on demonstrative fields at the farm, as many members in the community are analphabets. Approximately 150 families will be tought to cultivation and farming, moreover seeds for home-employment will be distributed to the participants.
2. Cows breed for the production of milk and cheese
Nearly 90% of the community members, once was cultivating coffee. It was coffee as a matter of fact, the cereal typical for the region, until it didn’t start to
fade. Nowadays there are very resistant and fast growing coffee species, which are being harvested for the first time after only 18 months.
In the community a coffee expert will be nominated and trained. He will be training the community members to the coffee growing. Moreover the farm will be
distributing 25.000 coffee seeds to the community, for home use.
3. Construction of a live fence
At the farm and in the community, vanilla and cocoa plantations will be introduced, two kind of plants, which easily grow in mixed plantations. Request for vanilla and cocoa is growing, overall if from organic agriculture. Seeds and crops will then be distributed to beneficiaries for home use.
Introduction of coffee, vanilla and cacao are giving the possibility not to depend on one only harvest season and harvest product anymore.
4. Cows for milk and cheese production
Some community members have started on their own initiative to breed cows for milk and cheese production. Fromt he remains of the mais and corn fields, perfect feed can be produced, which allows to keep animals on zero-grazing basis. At the farm we will purchase 3 calfs, training beneficiaries to its raising. Moreover, from the cow’s dropping, at the farm we will give a try in biogas production, for electricity in the community homes.
7. Live fence
Thanks to the previous donations, the Ssezibwa Demonstration Farm has purchased a further piece of land of about 1,5 hectars, around which a live fence will be built.
The Ssezibwa Demonstration Farm will be hiring 4 permanent workers on a fixed wage. Until today the farm’s activity has been made on an exclusively voluntary basis. The expense for the hiring will be amortized within 3 years.
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