Uganda farmers make profit from poultry

06-04-2007 | | |

More governments are investing the local farmers, making them self-sufficient, and free from government handouts. Poultry farming seems to be the way to go.

A 10-member 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.


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