Following on from our previous blog post, by July this year we were in a position to begin some training with our farmers, training that we were very keen to open up to all interested local farmers. Our consultation earlier in the year had established that our farmers were working approximately two acres per season, of our then five acre leasehold land, rotating from one season to the next and resting the land in-between times. Our plans for the now seven acres of land are fairly similar, on a slightly larger scale, and through use of seasonal labour, improved planting and seed stock, fertilising, a degree of mechanisation and better post harvest handling and storage practice we expect at least double the yield per growing season.
For the last twelve months or so Friends Reaching Out has been dedicating some time to developing the agricultural element of our work in Uganda. It is an area of the project that has been quietly ticking over for approximately twelve years now, employing two local farmers on a part time basis to grow crops that supplement the children’s diet and reduce our feeding costs at key points throughout the year. While the operation has worked well on a relatively small scale the potential for development and the benefits that such development could bring are great, so we began to investigate some options.