The Farm has been able to improve on its piggery project during the fourth year of funding. During the same year a maize sheller was also purchased to improve the quality of post-harvest handling of grains before they are stored in the silo, hygiene standards were enhanced for the visitors, a tractor trailer was procured to improve transportation and greenhouses were set up to reduce dependency on the weather.
PIGGERY AND PIGS
Reconstruction of pig house, purchase of serving pigs
Pigs require a proper meal of 85% fresh and clean water and 15% of well-balanced solid food. Ensuring that pigs get clean and fresh water from their barns was not possible, as open troughs were filled with clean water but were soon spoiled and contaminated by the same pigs stepping and dropping their waste in the same trough. They ended up not drinking the required percentage of water, hence affecting their body weight growth.
Through ISP in Africa we constructed modern pig barns with expanded wire mesh, modern self-automated water drinkers with nipples have been fitted, and well covered food feeders have been put in place.
Sanitary conditions have been improved substantially. The pigs now grow and gain weight at a much higher rate yet the quantity of food has remained the same.
We also purchased four high breed boars. Two of them are of cambrah breed which is very good in pork production and more resistant to swine fever. The other two are a mixture of with large breed and a shadow bark. They are very good for breeding purposes and this will improve tremendously the pigs unit at the Farm and the community will benefit as well.
Construction of toilet and shower facilities
Sanitation and hygiene was one of the challenges the farm was facing with its ever increasing number of visitors. On a daily bases the farm can receive 20-30 visitors for different reasons, ranging from accessing the maize mill to seeking modern agricultural skills. The capacity to handle such a number hygienically wasn’t given anymore. Newly installed restrooms can now handle the ever increasing number of visitors and participants on the farm. Hand washing areas with water and soap can be easily accessed to wash hand after a toilet visit. We also extended the shower rooms for visitors and farm workers. Improved hygiene and sanitation standards have significantly contributed to enlarge the farm activities.
Helping the farmers to transport their harvest
Collection of harvests from individual farm plots has been simplified with the purchase of a four metric tons trailer. The trailer hooked on the already existing tractor can now reach previously hard to reach areas and help the farmers to transport their harvest to the main community store. It also helps to transport their products to the nearby market where prices are considered better than selling at the store/community point. Additionally, the trailer is used to transport the feeds for the cows from the growing areas to the feeding centers, and to bring construction materials like sand, stones, and wood purchased locally to the farm more easily.
Maize shelling time reduced 500-fold
Previously, a family of about 6 members spent 5 days to remove 200 kilograms of maize grains from its cob using their fingers. The same work can now be done with the maize sheller within 20-30 minutes. The time savings are dramatic and the quality of the grains remains very good. The sheller is also loaded on the trailer and taken to the field where farmers do a hand pick of their corn and the maize sheller shells of the grains from the corn making it easy for the farmer to leave the field with only the grains ready to be stored.
Independency from the weather
Four greenhouses have been installed as a pilot project to cultivate sweet peppers. The sale of the vegetables generate income and if successful, the project will be replicated in Karamoja, a much drier Ugandan region which could greatly benefit from greenhouse crops. The Costa Family Foundation contributed to the project with the purchase of the necessary accessories for the management and maintenance of the greenhouses.
Total expenses amounted to 26.435,00 Euro