Meet Uganda's Millionaire-Making Farmer Sarah Stone 29 December 2016 | 5:51 PM In a region of northern Uganda where an estimated 90 per cent of people survive on subsistence farming, Acaye Genesis has a dream. "We are the pioneers for ginger in northern Uganda – but the market is here. For example, in 10 months, a farmer will averagely harvest 10 tonnes of tomatoes from a 15x8 piece of land. Today, she is practicing piggery and poultry farming, ventures that have turned her into a millionaire. “Sometimes the rain won’t come and when it does, it comes in torrents and is destructive,” he explains. Young professionals and the youth are starting to see agribusiness as a viable venture. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. 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Cassava is the basic food for over 600 million people in the world and produced by 105 countries. eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'christiantoday_com-box-3','ezslot_7',113,'0','0'])); In a region of northern Uganda where an estimated 90 per cent of people survive on subsistence farming, Acaye Genesis has a dream. ... One of Uganda’s most successful young entrepreneurs, Mohammed Hamid, 42, is the founder of the Aya Group, a … Another benefit accrued to farmer groups is supplementing labor for members. Genesis' passion for agriculture and for his country's struggling farmers drives him to pursue his work, and he has even bigger dreams for the future. 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People returned to reclaim their land in 2008, but after two decades stripped of any independence they'd lost their agricultural skills, and the younger generation had never learned to farm at all. No, the dilemma seemed to be widespread throughout the entire of Tororo District. Nigeria is the leading producer of cassava in the world, producing 35 million metric tons while Uganda produces approximately 5 million metric tons per year. By end of 2010, three months after launching the project, A2N had “spread the word”  effectively and had trained extension staff and farmer facilitators, indentified demo farms, trained farmers in maize, soybeans and upland rice agronomy, Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) and had conducted Parish-level sensitization on striga weed management. Recently there has been demand coming from Uganda. Approximately 61 per cent of people in Gulu District are living in poverty. Meet Maria Zileni Zaloumis a.k.a the Zed farmer a Zambian farmer whose net worth is believed to be $2 million dollars from agribusiness. "A typical farmer grows food crops, and that is what they always sell – but when you've done all your selling and the crops you've planted are not yet ready your family suffers.". AGRA exists to fulfill the vision that Africa can feed itself and the world, transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive to a business that thrives. ", Through the project, Genesis and the BMS-supported team have been able to share the gospel with non-Christian farmers, pray with them, and even see some of them come to faith. However, the problem of “rare bumper harvest” was neither an issue to his family only nor that of his Papada village, or Gule Parish. Openda is now an employer too. RACHAEL Mubiru was tired of being a jobless housewife with no income. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Through this intervention, farmers like Openda have been able within a short period of less than three years to achieve what has been impossible over many years to become the new millionaires on the block. His group has since benefited from this drawing a membership of more than a 23,400 membership. "The bananas have helped me a lot," says Peter, "just five bunches are enough to send my children to school. Then there is the issue of pests and crop diseases besides market linkages. He has four personnel in his compound permanently and during harvest, weeding and ploughing time he employs as many as 15 workers to help him in his farming activities. So I ended up being a professional, and also a farmer myself." Genesis has been heading up a project training 100 farmers in Paicho sub-county to grow cash crops to earn more money. “If you want to become a millionaire, become a farmer!” I am not trying to say that farming is another avenue of getting rich quickly. Other challenges are drought and climate change related issues. Before these interventions, Openda says his 40-acre farm could only yield 8-10 bags of rice, 2 bags of soybeans, 6-8 bags of maize and one bag of cassava. Now from the same land his last harvest yielded 30 bags of rice (UGsh150,000 per 90k bag), 12 bags of soybeans (UGSh180,000 per bag), 22 bags of maize (UGsh120,00 per bag) and plenty of cassava and millet both for his family and commercial. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Only Tanzania registered one dollar billionaire. MEET THE MILLIONAIRE FARMER: BE INSPIRED. For more than a decade, Charles Openda had been tilling his 40-acre piece of land and planting upland rice with high expectations – those achieving a bumper harvest and making a bumper sale that would turn around the lifestyle of living for his ten-member family. With farming there are a lot of factors involved that make it so appealing to us Kenyans. We feel connected to the land and the land to us. His farmer group of 30 farmers is all into commercial farming and some, including him have since diversified to poultry and dairy keeping or have become Anglo dealers. Here she is growing green peppers. Since 2018, farmers and entrepreneurs in the sector have been protesting over the the influx of cheap eggs from Uganda, complaining they are struggling to break even due to the high cost of feed and low returns. At the current price, a kilogram goes for sh2,000 in … For Pamushana Farm, this would entail investing in more greenhouses that will allow customers to ‘see, feel and touch’ the final product, just as they would in a supermarket. Just like in 2016, Liu Yongxing, the brother of Liu Yonghao, holds the first place … MAEF builds upon the success of the Maendeleo Agricultural Technology Fund (MATF), which provided small-scale farmers in East Africa mainly: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with better access to improved agricultural technologies. Uganda is not famed for its gold reserves. Other benefits include women empowerment (women are treated equal to their male counterpart especially in leadership positions), group counseling and guidance on HIV & Aids and other family issues. At least 100 families are already benefitting from Genesis' work. "It looks like agriculture, but through this work we share everything. Part of Genesis' work is training the farmers to grow separate crops for cash and for food, so that they don't have to choose between food and an education for their children. He has set aside 20 acres of land for his dairy and livestock animals. Yet the only means of survival for most people in the region is to grow food. This means that they cannot pledge the property as collateral for financing to scale their farms. This is especially for members who have financial constraints. There are many times people have asked, 'come and pray with my family,' and we go and pray with them.". He says he too has been able to maximize on land usage and practices continuous farming without leaving any land under fallow through the practice of crop rotation. Please click here to learn how. Our website uses cookies to give you a better online experience. “Farmers like me benefited from these training sessions and those who took the initial lead are reaping huge financial gains,” says Openda. This means farmers like Katiwa must constantly adapt. This is a plus as the three districts are prone to the pandemic. “It is amazing how simple things like taking care of the soil can turn around the lives of many farmers,” says Openda. Season after season, he was pregnant with this expectation that he … But since 2016, gold exports have rocketed in the East African country. You too can become a millionaire farmer. That's around 700 men, women and children who are reaping more hopeful harvests. It is also used for several medicinal purposes. They too, have learned how to practice soil and water conservation. We feel farming is the ultimate retirement package after employment. He now has 60 acres of land under farming. This, she notes, has paid huge dividends in terms of combating the problem. So, season in, season out Openda found it hard to provide for his two wives, eight siblings and extended relatives under his care. His farm, Tshalata Farms, produces roughly 14,400 tons of tomatoes per season and employs more than 200 employees. AGRA (The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa), is working with A2N as its major partner to improve smallholder productivity and control striga in Eastern Uganda through scaling up integrated soil fertility management resources. Agribusiness is increasingly becoming lucrative in Uganda. Masters of science degree in Cardiology from Wesley hospital in Brisbane. The farmers from Mutenderi sector, Ngoma District have turned their banana farms into a lucrative wine business. The trials of lacking an income are what drove her to venture into commercial farming. Farmer by heart and by profession, Genesis is working with UK charity BMS World Mission to teach Gulu's farmers biblical techniques for farming, and to introduce them to cash crops that will enable them to earn enough money to send their children to school and to pay for health care.eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'christiantoday_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_1',156,'0','0'])); "We are currently working on ginger, chilli and bananas," he says. Retail stores selling mobile phones in Uganda have proven great profitability of … "eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'christiantoday_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_2',150,'0','0'])); Before taking part in the project, Peter used to grow cassava and groundnuts, which are a commonly grown food crop in the region. In 2013, an estimated 19.5 percent of the 35 million Ugandans lived on less than US$1.00 per day. From his diary project he gets 180 litres per day which he sells at UGsh1,000 per litre and UGsh1.5 million and UGsh2.5 million per year from beef and in-calf sales respectively. "It was very hard in those days because I would have to sell a great quantity of cassava or groundnut to pay for my children to go to school," he says, "so that would mean that I have less to eat at home.". The Farmers Guide Uganda. A couple of million shillings is nothing in comparison to Western salaries, but it's making a huge difference for farmers like Ongaba Peter, a 42-year-old pastor and father of five. The two problems are prevalent in the three districts. To enjoy our website, you'll need to enable JavaScript in your web browser. For more than a decade, Charles Openda had been tilling his 40-acre piece of land and planting upland rice with high expectations – those achieving a bumper harvest and making a bumper sale that would turn around the lifestyle of living for his ten-member family. The making of Millionaire Small-scale Tororo farmers, AGRA Way. Mubiru, a resident of Nateete in Rubaga division, started poultry farming in 1995 with 100 broilers. “We organize ourselves as members and help each other in ploughing, weeding or harvesting,” notes Openda. We provide land for hire, purchase or intercropping for commercial farming at reasonable prices. Without God, it would not have happened.". "My second hope is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet the spiritual needs of the farmers," he says. 11 millionaires every year...testimony of a farmer - YouTube It was not either a setback limited to Magolo Sub County. "When you are beginning this work, you are not sure if you are going to succeed. And I think when the ginger is ready I will have a lot more money to keep sending my children to school and to keep up with their health needs. The community forests harbour valuable tree species for timber, poles and other non-timber forest products like papyrus, rattan canes and shrubs, which can yield economic returns to the community. This brings the total number of dollar millionaires in Uganda to 1,300, compared to Tanzania’s 2,400 and Kenya’s 4,800. These cookies do not store any personal information. Photo/File ... Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan — is considering using the project as a case study for the whole continent Subscribe below to receive updates on Africa's agriculture transformation. This explains why the Season after season, he was pregnant with this expectation that he did not notice that the pregnancy term had taken more than 10 years. “To achieve these transformations a lot of expertise in previous research work on the prevailing problems of soil fertility resource management and striga had to be brought to the fore,” says A2N’s monitoring and evaluation officer, Tryphosa Muunga. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. I have seen quite a number of farmers who have picked up on what we are trying to do.". "In June, there is a month here called the month of hunger," says Genesis. In addition, the trained farmers are sharing their knowledge and success with their neighbours and communities, and more farmers are opting to diversify and try growing something new.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'christiantoday_com-box-4','ezslot_4',117,'0','0'])); "Farming is part of me," says Genesis. And chilli was not grown on a commercial basis, but we are trying to introduce it to farmers here.". Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. CEO/Founder: Tuzini Farms Ltd Age: 34 Nationality: Zambian Educational Background: She has a: Bachelor of science degree in Nursing from Australian Catholic University In Africa region, South Africa hosts the highest number of millionaires … You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. He is optimistic that if the problems of soil fertility and striga infestation have been solved, then solutions to all these others will be found. “The result of all this is what I have been yearning for over the years as I can now grow surplus crop which I commercialize to meet my other family obligations,” says Openda. Compiled here is a list of individuals in Uganda whose accumulated assets are known to be markedly above the rest of the individuals in the country. He says two years down the line after AGRA’s intervention, he and other farmers through extensive trainings, workshops and demonstrations are now experienced in good seed knowledge, proper ploughing methods, crop rotation, inter-cropping, post harvest handling and storage besides being good students of soil nutrients. The farmers under the AGRA project now use herbicides both selective and non-selective to control weed which helps destroy the weeds leaving clean fields, which in turn means minimal tillage. A dream to transform the lives of Gulu District's struggling farmers through chilli, ginger and bananas. The per capita income in Uganda in 1999 was approximately US$650 annually. After working for eight years as a farm labourer, Dr. Ntuseni decided to … “I spend over UGsh3 million during harvesting period alone,” points out the farmer who also hosts a demo farm. Vanilla is used as a spice ingredient globally. Subsequent storms like, Cyclone Gafilo in March 2004 and Cyclone Dora, Indlala and Jaya that hit Madagascar between 2006 and 2007 kept Uganda in vanilla business, but sooner Madagascar recovered and took back its vanilla markets. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. His rice, maize and cassava fields could not just yield the much-anticipated bumper harvest. And he has found that chilli, ginger and bananas thrive in Gulu's soil. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. And a few other farmers have already made a million shillings this year. Friday August 24 2012. Every year, his farm business spends up to 3 million Rand (over $200,000) on labour alone. 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"To make them understand that everything they are doing is connected to God and to the Bible. In Busia, sugarcane farmers had to start holding regular training sessions just to try and get rid of the middlemen in their industry. Millionaire’s Farmers Club: We also initiated a millionaire’s farmer’s club and it now consists of about 2,000 millionaire members. According to an article on the Africa-Uganda Business Travel website, Rachel says one exotic piglet sells for roughly the same price as a full grown local breed (even after feeding the local breed for seven straight months)! However, before you rush to the farm, you need to take note of the following points. Liu Yongxing. The people of Western Uganda are mainly subsistence migrant small-scale farmers who use the forests to satisfy their livelihood needs of water, building materials, medicine and fuel wood. The list is not exhaustive, and net worth values are hard to determine. Now they are not only making bumper harvests but also are smiling all the way to the bank. What Openda and other small-scale farmers across the three districts of Tororo, Busia and Numuteba did not know then, was that the problem of poor yields was directly connected to soil fertility and the striga problem. From an obscure housewife a few years ago, Rachel has become a millionaire pig farmer. The farmer is now able to feed his family and pay school fees for all his siblings and dependants three of whom are pursuing their university education. Her farm employs over 62 … Revealed 10 crops that will make you a millionaire in 2017 how to start that lucrative beans farming daily monitor how two acres of coffee can earn you shs32m a year daily secrets from tomato man with 6 000 plants daily nation. When asked how he feels about the success of the project so far, Genesis says, "I give God the glory. But Genesis' work isn't just about farming. The Millionaire Farmer in Kenya Who Has No Land of Her Own The cultural norms in western Kenya told Martha Otieno that, as a woman, she couldn’t own land. Despite financial restraints, Openda says he and other farmers through their farmer groups have been able to access credit from financial institutions. We share the gospel. Godfrey Kigoye, an agronomist and a vanilla farmer based in Kyotera explains why farmers should embrace vanilla farming. Miyanda’s choice of crops and products is motivated by marketplace realities. But we are moving on. Openda uses his oxen for ploughing. Tryphosa says there are over 1000 farmer groups in Tororo making up more than 25,000 farmers. In Uganda, cassava is … “What seemed unachievable is now within reach”, says an elated Openda whose current school fees budget is above UGsh4.5million. And a dream to share the gospel of Christ as he helps them to meet their very real physical needs. Biggest News Source for News in Uganda and the East African Region ,Breaking news in Uganda and Daily news ... you a millionaire. Like Uganda, Rwanda also made only 100 new millionaires in 2016. 5 Young African Millionaires To Watch. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Farmers are now in the pool of Nigerian new crop of millionaires. It's virtually nothing. “At the onset, I thought it was a curse that had befallen my family land, but after interactions with other farmers from within and without our parish, I came to understand that it was a problem beyond even our district,” says Openda. Vanilla has emerged as one of the top lucrative crops not only in Uganda, but globally. "Of course it makes me happy," says Genesis. The problem is farmers have no clear land ownership rights. MAEF works to identify, support and scale-up rural enterprises that contribute to a functioning market. “Besides, we are also exploring ways such as forming cooperative farmer group associations that will contribute money and lend it out to members. It is the poorest region in Uganda, with the majority of the population having spent 20 years in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps while their homes and land were ravaged by war. Meet Maria Zileni Zaloumis a.k.a the Zed farmer a Zambian farmer whose net worth is believed to be $2 million dollars from agribusiness. Last month, one of his farmers was picked up by the local radio station for his success, having made two or three million shillings in the last year from growing chilli. He has since hired land to grow his farming business. So, she leased it instead, built a successful farming business, and is now on her way … This is why there is no bumper harvest for Openda and other farmers across the three districts”. However, the farmer says, the farmer groups and the partners are addressing all these issues. “Over the years, in fact over generations, small-scale farmers in the region have tilled land without considerations on managing soil fertility,” says Ali Mawanda, an extension officer with Africa 2000 Network, Uganda, adding jokingly, “it’s like the striga weed, missing out on the soil nutrients was on a rampage spree to feed on the cereals. He says he now knows how to use the recycle waste from burns and stocks of rice as organic fertilizer to improve his maize, rice and soybeans farming. And a number of unemployed Ugandans are embracing agribusiness for income generation, while the employed ones are into farming to supplement their earnings. Mobile Phone sales. Today Uganda has got many billionaires including the likes of Sudhir Ruparelia, Wavamuno, Basajjabalaba and many others, the youth have also fought for themselves by creating jobs and others through various annual inspirational brain-storming programmes such as the Pakasa forum etc, am telling you if you happen to attend any of these programmes, you will learn how to make money and it … Farmers and traders, became millionaires overnight. Banana wine turns simple farmer into a millionaire. “I now know how to incorporate DAP, MAP, Urea, SSD and other fertilizers with organic manure to give me high yields,” says the farmer who is in the forefront of training other farmers on these interventions. "When I grew up, it happened that all the subjects that I loved at school were farming. A dream to transform the lives of Gulu District's struggling farmers through chilli, ginger and bananas. 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