Hope Restored; the tale of a Food Security Farmer; Kasese District
Biira Jane Grace is a farmer from Bwenanule Village, located in Kahendero Parish Muhokya Sub\r\nCounty; Kasese District. She is a member of Kinyabakazi Abami Na Baghole\r\nThukolere Hauma. She has been farmer for the last 40 years; having inherited\r\neight (8) acres of land from her late father. On the 8 acres, she cultivates two acres of maize, one acre of\r\nground nuts and one acre of beans, and with Godís grace harvested 1 acre of\r\nMaize.
For the past two years, Jane has received support from NAADs\r\nin form of; 50 plantlets of banana and\r\n200 Kuroiler chicken (in 2011/12); and\r\n200 layer chicken in 2010/11. Out of 200\r\nKuroilers, 70 survived and were a mix of\r\ncocks and hens. She managed to collect 100 eggs from the Kuroiler hens and\r\nlater took them to local hatchery in Kasese town and she managed to get 40\r\nchicks which she currently has in the poultry unit at her home.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
From the proceeds from her farming ventures, Jane was able to buy a commercial music system\r\nwith a generator, radio, video screen that she hires out as a side income\r\ngenerating project. She is able to fend for her family and meet the school\r\nobligations of her children. In particular, from the Kuroiler chickens, Jane\r\nrealized UGX 2,800,000 (Two million\r\neight hundred thousand shillings only); which she is putting to good use. She\r\nplans to construct a permanent house and has so far made 19,000 bricks, 30 iron\r\nsheets and 10 bags of cement.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
She has this to say of the NAADS programme;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
"My appreciation for the NAADS programme is endless\r\nbecause through its support, I can now raise money from both on farm and off\r\nfarm projects and meet my familyís basic needs like school fees, food, shelter\r\nwhich I could hardly meet before. I do not understand people who do not\r\nappreciate NAADS efforts; possibly they have not fully embraced and owned its\r\nsupport"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n