BY OKOT LIL ROMEO
GULU: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2021
At least 44 dairy farmers in Acholi sub- region have received over 62 heifers to boost dairy farming for alleviating poverty.
A local farmers’ led organization, Countryside Harvester, operating in Northern Uganda gave the support to the selected farmers to invest in dairy production to boost livelihoods.
The support is part of a sh5 billion project of animal production and poultry farming funded by the British Council.
At least 25,000 farmers from the Lango, Acholi and West Nile Sub-regions are targeted for the support for under the five-year project.
The Operation Manager Countryside Harvester, Felix Omara, revealed that the organization has received 182 applications across Acholi Sub-region which has been approved for the support, 123 are being supported.
He noted that the beneficiaries will be supported in phases and disclosed that the organization had spent more than sh300m in the first and second phases which was launched in August this year.
In order to be supplied with heifers, beneficiaries are required to form a joint venture where each group of at least three individuals contributed between sh666,000 to sh710,000 as commitment prior to the support.
Lilly Lakareber, a beneficiary from Awach Sub-county in Gulu district says her group members invested sh710,000 to the organization and enrolled for animal production and management for three months before receiving the animals.
Meanwhile, the next group of the farmers who have been trained on animal production and management will receive their heifers in March next year.
Labert Ocola, the acting Veterinary Officer for Gulu City, has advised the beneficiaries to carry on a routine monitoring and inspection of animals from tick and diseases.
His colleague Charles Obalim also a Veterinary doctor from Gulu district urged the farmers to provide enough feed to their animals to enable them produce high quality milk.
He explained that each dairy cow needs to eat between 45 kilograms and 75 kilograms of feed depending on the size of the heifer to keep the animal healthy and productive.