BY MOSES OTIM
KITGUM: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022
Farmers in Mucwini sub-county in Kitgum district are earning big from the Non-governmental organization, Food for the Hungry, after empowering them on farm activities.
On Wednesday, groups of famers from six parishes – Yeba, Pakuba, Okol li kol, Ogwapoke, Pudo and Pajong- in Mucwini sub-county showed their presentation on how they managed to benefit from the project in the last 12 years.
Food for the Hungry which implemented the project of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA), livelihood project, education, water and sanitation project, local padding making, and liquid shop making among others brought the beneficiaries to testify to the public how the project has transformed their lives in the community.
Malvern Chikanya, the country Director Food for the Hungry Uganda, says 12 years work in Mucwini sub-county has created working relationship with the community and many youths have been involved into agro-business which has transform their lives.
He added that when they started working in Mucwini in 2010, the sub-county was having a lot of issue like land conflicts, murder, suicide, rape cases, gender base violence among others but now the community has really changed.
Chikanya said the project was majorly meant to empower the community with projects like poultry keeping and bee keeping which was successfully implemented and the farmers are now earning and taking self responsibility
Irene Aol, a farmer from Pobech parish in Mucwini sub-county and also dealing in cabbages, says she plants cabbages twice in a year and her income is Sh300,000 and for the last 12 years she mange to get Sh4m from her sales.
She added that the money has helped her to pay school fees for her children since her husband passed on 10 years ago, also buying two cows and a pig in the period.
She appeals to Kitgum district local government, especially the office of the operation wealth creation to help her with water pump the cabbages during dry season and farm equipment for work in the garden.
Sadam Ogok, a farmer from Okol Likol in Mucwini sub-county, dealing in bee keeping says he is getting Sh2m every year out of his sales and has so far managed to buy 14 cattle out of bee keeping.
He said he has also gained valuable knowledge on apiculture from the project.
He appealed for support from the district and well wisher to help him with a machine for processing honey, more beehives, and farm equipment.
Ojok expects to have 400 beehive in the next five years and to trade his product outside the country in the next few years.
Rose Lemoneka, a farmer from Yeba parish, dealing in poultry farming says she started one year ago with 250 Kuroilers and she sold them at Sh750,000 in a period of three month. since then, she has earned about sh2.7m from poultry.
She revealed that the money has helped her to pay school fees for her three children and one of them is completing senior four this year.
Lemoneka has joined a VLSA group where she saves part of her earnings, constructed her kitchen block, bought 7 iron sheets and 5 bags of cement among others for the construction.
She appealed to the Food for the Hungry and the Kitgum district leaders to help her to look for market for her chicken business.
Hon Dr Lillian Aber, the Kitgum women Member of Parliament, pledged to support the farmers that are organized in groups.
She Called upon the district leaders to register the organized groups and send the list to her so that she can support them.