What you need to know:
Justification. The event is the second this year, following the successful poultry farm clinic held in April.
Kampala. Are you a dairy farmer or contemplating to join dairy farming? Seeds of Gold, Daily Monitor’s flagship magazine, has organised its fifth farm clinic on October 1, focusing on dairy farming.
The clinic will provide tips and best practices regarding dairy farming. Farmers will get knowledge on nutrition for dairy cattle, the pasture animals feed on to produce large quantities of milk and market trends.
“Our target is to go beyond just the traditional workshops and help farmers get practical,” said Ms Sarah Nalule, the head of marketing at Monitor Publications Limited (MPL). “We want to help participants know how to select and grow good grass for dairy, how to feed dairy cattle nutritiously so as to give you good yields,” Ms Nalule explained.
She disclosed that the farm clinic on dairy farming will be held at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute (MUARIK), Kabanyolo, near Gayaza in Wakiso District on October 1. The training for the attendees, she said, will be comprehensive and will include economics of marketing and value addition from dairy experts.
“Our farm clinics help new and existing farmers to learn from successful operations and experts. They also give an opportunity to farming readers to directly relate farming and marketing and establish greater relationship to strengthen their projects,” Ms Nalule said.
Participants in this year’s clinic will tour Kabanyolo farm and get expert knowledge on dairy farming and breeds. The participants, the MPL marketing manager added, will get answers from experts on how to improve their farming and enterprises.
Mr Tony Glencross, the MPL Managing Director, said farming is very important to Uganda and MPL would like to contribute to the economy through farm clinics.
“Farm clinics have provided fertile ground for taking communication to the farmers from the written word to its practical use and they are very successful because we are attracting thousands of participants,” said Mr Glencross.
He said the company has been organising annual farm clinics but due to high demand from farmers, a second one on dairy farming will be held in October after the one on poultry in May. “Farming is a crucial part of the Ugandan culture; also an important contributor to the Gross Domestic Product and through farm clinics, we are giving back to society as an important part of culture, here at MPL,” he added
Mr Glencross said MPL is committed to contributing to the economy through employin the company’s assets towards making a positive contribution.
Mr David Gumisiriza Mwesigye, the editor of the Seeds of Gold magazine published every Wednesday in Daily Monitor, said: “At Daily Monitor, we do it purposely to enhance the knowledge levels of our readers, and persons passionate about farming. Increasingly, many citizens are taking on farming as a business and Seeds of Gold gives them tips that enable them make a quick connection right from their farms to the market and bank.” “All the farm clinics we have organised have been exceedingly successful, basing on the feedback we get and the huge numbers of participants,” said Mr Mwesigye.
The specialists lined up for the farm Clinic include Dr Stephen Lwasa, Dr Constantine Katongole, Dr Christopher Bbosa and Dr Dan Ssemambo - all experts in agriculture and development planning.
ABOUT THE CLINIC
What. Monitor Farm clinic
Where. Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo
When. October 1, 2016.
Price. Shs70,000 (includes farm tour, lunch, transport and training)
Where to pay. Daily Monitor head office on 8th Street Industrial Area before September 30.