Uganda farmers make profit from poultry
are investing the local farmers, making them self-sufficient, and free from
government handouts. Poultry farming seems to be the way to
Ugandan faming group has been capitalizing on rearing layers. The Note-Ber Youth
Farmers Association, in Minakulu, rear 325 birds and get about 270 eggs a day.
James Okulo, the chairman of the group, said the group started the project in
2001 with sh2m (869 Euro).
"It took us
about four years to develop to our present state," he said, adding that in 2005,
the project got sh5m (2,172 Euro) from the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund.
Okulo said when the birds are nearing the point of laying (about 18
weeks), they provide them with nesting boxes for laying eggs. The boxes are a
bit dark and the entrance faces the walls. "This reduces the chances of the
birds seeing and eating their eggs."
Group members say cleanliness of the poultry house and killing birds
infected by the New Castle diseases were good measures of
controlling the spread of diseases. Okulo said antibiotics and vaccination were
also used to keep the birds healthy.
Eggs are sold locally, providing a good source of protein at an
affordable price. Although profits may not seem astronomical to more
commercially developed countries, the money saved by the government in welfare
subsidies, is more than worth the investment.
farmer proves successful
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