The project Capacity building of small holder farmers and agro-processors of Bungatira sub-county aimed at contributing to up-scaling small scale farming to commercial agriculture. 127 small holder farmers, 15 machine operators and proprietors, and 15 local machine mechanics were trained to increase production and promote value addition to increase market value.
This project is funded by the world bank, implemented by the private sector foundation of Uganda (PSFU) under skills development facility window 2 (SDF2) through local NGOs and CBOs. This project is designed to promote skills enhancement of direct beneficiaries. Below are reported activities, outputs and achievements.
A community Agro processors plant in Bungatira sub-county was refurbished: This enables the trainees to have hands on practical skills in machine operation and maintenance. A new 16 horse power Ralison diesel engine was installed at the community processing plant. In addition, a set of protective gears and required tools and lubricants for machine work were procured and used by the trainees during the training.
15 operators and owners were trained on Agro processing machine operations: The training content included tools, identification and their usage, identification of engines, workshop precautions, safety and rules, engine operation and maintenance, spanner torqueing and troubleshootng.
127 farmers were trained (34 males and 93 females) on Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) / Farming as Business (FaB): The training covered enterprise selection, benefits of investing together as a group, benefits of processing and selling together, record keeping, proper farm planning, site selection, seed bed preparation, seed rate planting/crop spacing and fertilizer use.
3 Farmer field schools were set up: Demonstration gardens were set up at each of the model farmer field schools for the purpose of learning reference for all the farmers. These demos were prepared and are ready to receive the improved seeds (maize, and rice) to be supplied by NASECO Seed Company