My Name is Majja Allan, a Ugandan Resident and Citizen; I am a 27 year old male and a land surveyor by training. My project location is in Kaliro District, in Eastern Uganda, Bulamogi County, Namwiwa Sub-county, Bukonde Village.
My wife and I are currently involved in maize farming in Kaliro district, the project site is about 23 Acres of family land, and we are currently using 8 acres, however, the yield is low compared to what FACOM claims, considering that growth and yield are at the mercy of nature, we are unable to follow the recommendations, mostly due to financial limitations since its financed by small incomes put aside from my employment salary.
We need the US$5000 grant to expand our project and also diversify production. We intend to make the project more intensive by utilizing most, if not all, of the 23 acres of land; applying fertilizers to better our yield. We shall utilize 10 acres for maize, another 10 acres for cassava and beans inter-cropped in both portions. The essence is that, maize and beans are for the short term whereas cassava is for long term production, this implies that at every moment, we shall have something to sale on the market, considering that agriculture here is dependent on the two rainy seasons we have in the year.
Maize, beans and cassava are food crops and are consumed while both fresh and dried, thus, are always on demand, in the vicinity of the site, nationally and for export. Maize and cassava while dried can be processed into flour, which is a very nutritious meal for home consumption, schools and other institutions, beans whether fresh or dried are also a delicious and nutritious sauce to accompany the posho. Therefore, rendering them a very marketable product but also an affordable meal for any household or school or community.
The project once fully operational will benefit our community by providing employment opportunities to youths, men and women since intend it to be very labor intensive at the planting, weeding, harvest and post-harvest stages. The project will also act as a model farm to the community for best farm practices and commercial farming since most agricultural activities carried out are very traditional and basically for home consumption.
We are passionate about our project because farming has always been my childhood desire, to date I have helped my dad establish his orchard, and I know beyond any doubt that this project will elevate my young family’s financial standing. My wife is in her final semester at Makerere University Kampala, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and this project will provide her a platform to put into practice what she has learned over the past four years at college.
It is our desire to see our community transformed by obtaining employment on the farm to earn a living but most importantly learn from the practices we will use on our farm and probably apply on their own farms.
Of the US$5000, we will use:
US$500 to hire a tractor to plough the land, we’ve been hiring an ox plough;
US$250 to buy high quality maize and bean seeds plus cassava cuttings to plant
US$1000 to hire laborers at planting, weeding and harvest stages;
US$250 to buy inorganic fertilizers to apply at planting stage and at three weeks;
US$1000 will be spent on labor and machinery during drying, removal from cob\pod\peel and bagging.
US$1000 will be spent on storage and transportation to market costs,
US$1000 will be spent on operational costs, i.e. mobility, communication, feeding, etc.
We have hired laborers who have so far cleared four acres of bush, work is still progress since they are clearing portion by portion, in preparation for the planting season, which coincides with the first rain season in late March 2016.
The success of this project will first of all be measured by the actual average yield per acre of the maize, beans and cassava compared against the expected yield if all procedures are religiously followed. The success will also be measured by the actual profits realized after the sale of all produce and finally be measured by the community involvement at every stage of production, i.e. how many workers employed at each stage.
It is therefore my desire that you will partner with us in liking the post, commenting on it and more so funding this project proposal to see it come to fruition and see Bukonde village and Kaliro district as a whole transformed.
Many thanks to you all for this opportunity.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Majja Allan (Uganda) – allanmajja[at]gmail.com
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