Maize mill transforms lives of maize farmers in Mayugenaadsadmin
The livelihood of the members of Bidhampola Community Development Association (BOCODA) in Mayuge district has not remained the same after receiving a maize mill from NAADS.
The association which is located in Buwaya Sub County with a membership of 230 (120 male and 110 female) received a maize mill from NAADS in 2016 for processing and adding value to the maize produced in the area.
According to the Chairperson of the association Patrick Baligeya, during the maize harvesting season, they mill between 30,000 and 80,000 kilograms of maize grain per day.
He says a member of the association is charged 180 shillings per kilogram milled while the non-members are charged 200 shillings.
From the proceeds of the maize mill, the association has bought a plot of land which cost 8 million shillings and construction is underway for expansion to establish another maize milling facility.
Baligeya adds that from the maize mill, the association saved money and bought equipment for the women members who started a catering business from which they earn additional income.
Bidhampola Community Development Association is also a beneficiary of a tractor from NAADS which has contributed to increased yields of maize.