Satellite farm unites farmers for regional markets

To circumvent the exploitation of the farmer by the middleman in the market, Harriet Matsiko, a Kampala businesswoman, established a satellite farm at Rwahi in Ntugamo District. The objective was to unite poultry and fish farmers in Kigezi region for collective marketing.

She developd the idea after discovering that farmers in the rural areas were being exploited by middlemen. The other factor was that there was scarcity of poultry products and fish, which became evident after she had set up a hotel in Rwahi.

Strong organisation
So, she started the satellite farm, which is now a model for the farmers in the region and a supply point for the hoteliers because of the products that are always available.

“This satellite farm has 5,000 layers and 3,000 broilers and several fish ponds. Besides profit motive, my aim is to use this facility to train farmers on proper methods of rearing poultry and fish so that we can develop a strong farmers’ organisation,” she explains. “A strong organisation will help in collective production and marketing thus avoiding exploitation by middle-men.”

The intention is to produce poultry products for the neighbouring countries such as Rwanda and DR Congo after satisfying the local market.

Bashir Namuyimba and Ronald Senabulya, who manage outlets in Kabale, say they have also established outlets in Katuna, on the border with Rwanda, and in Kisoro to deliver products and services to the neighbouring countries.

Bridge the gap
Namuyimba reveals that they collect about 120 trays of eggs daily. Each tray is sold at Shs7,500 thus making Shs900,000 per day before subtracting the overhead costs on feeds, personnel and utilities.

“We deliver and sell eggs, broiler chicken and Tilapia to our customers in the rural and urban markets. We are trying to bridge the gap by bringing these services closer to the prospective users.

One live chicken is sold at Shs12,000 while the dressed ones are sold at Shs11,000 each. Price for fresh fish ranges from Shs7,000 and Shs13,000 depending on the size. “We have also started making sausages from fish and each kilogramme is Shs30,000. We are doing this to meet the demands of our clients,” Namuyimba adds.

Edison Hillman, Kabale district agricultural officer, appreciates the initative for collective production and marketing. He aises other farmers dealing in potatoes, sorghum and other food crops to follow suit.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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