MUHUMUZA ALBERT is my name, Ugandan, aged 27, currently a research student. I hold a bachelor of Agribusiness management and community development and a professional training certificate powering agriculture, sustainable energy for food from Köln University of Applied of Science in Germany.
My story so far is: am an agriculture worker, naturally like the profession. I grew up in an agriculture based home. With this I also picked the profession therefore from my child hood I started practicing agriculture we owned a farm where we had a pig enterprise, poultry, livestock and field crops such as coffee, banana and many other non-perennial crops.
With this exposure I got to learn the basics of agriculture right away from my childhood, I continued learning till I reached my secondary level here I got a chance of taking up the theory part of agriculture and it was more than interesting indeed, I passed agriculture as the best subject at ordinary level, to me it was a start of my career took agriculture at my advanced level and continued to be the best, I joined university offering a bachelor of agribusiness and community development.
Farm Concern Enterprises is a developing farm business, organized to develop into several enterprises in its developmental stages that is growing maize, pig farming & poultry farming.
Currently am concentrating on pig enterprise as the farm is in its early stages with 20 pigs however the project is targeting 100pigs for the start. Performance is not bad so far. Within the frame work of the farms growth we hope of developing other enterprises as time goes on, however the success of one enterprise will lead to the development of another. I found that the feed requirement of pigs is high and the cost of already made feeds is high and this will put the farm at a higher risk in investing too much in feeds.
Therefore I have come up with another project but within the frame work of the farm, that is “Feed Production”, this will help to minimize on the costs spent on buying feeds and here it operates, Farm Concern Enterprises has limited land therefore it has no capacity of growing maize on large scale because solely this this feed will contain a high percentage of maize bran at a percentage of 70%, therefore I have planned only 1 acre of land for growing maize. However this is not enough I will buy from other farmers to supplement the yields of my one acre per season.
What motivates me most for this feed production project is that it’s within the framework of Farm Concern Enterprises operational stages as it involves maize growing for production of maize bran which is a major component of the feed
Secondly the feasibility of this project will lead to business opportunity where by the surplus feeds will be sold out to other farmers dealing in pig or poultry enterprise. This project will help me to minimize on the cost spent on feeds and at the same time bring in additional income from the sale of the surplus, as a community it will benefit from learning new technology of feed production, farmers buying nearer and at a reduced price and of course the project will employ some community members.
Lastly I will need addition demand of maize grains from other farmers therefore they will be market for their produce.
My main goal is to minimize feed costs through feed production; therefore I would take the following steps to reach my goal, thorough understanding the financial requirement of feed production, amount of land to be put into production of the grain and lastly the reliability of additional sources of maize grain.
So far one acre of land is available for the project and I have made research on other requirements for completing the feed such as cassava flour and soya, I have made consultations with feed producers for advice and met maize farmers to know about the prevailing prices and availability of maize.
Measure of success
Reduced cost of feeds will be basis to measure the success of this project; however there are other factors such as the percentage of additional income from the sale of the surplus feeds and adoptability of the feed to the pigs.
The US$5000 would help me to procure seeds, make field preparation, buy other feed requirements such as soya, cassava flour, buy additional grains ,cater for machine and labor costs and the balance would help me to buy more piglets to reach my target number and expand the pigsty in a period of one year.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Muhumuza Albert (Uganda) – albertreek(at)gmail.com
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