Bwenderwa Model Farm | Model farmer | Fort Portal 0 Uganda
I introduced Artemisia growing in my country which has improved the health of many people in the community by treating malaria, an endemic and number one killer disease in Africa. The farmers are able to treat themselves and their families using Artemisia herbal tea which is cheaper than unaffordable hospital bills. In addition Artemisia is a proven immune booster that has helped the local community greatly in the management of immune deficiency diseases including HIV/AIDS.
I mobilized small holder farmers to grow Artemisia on their small pieces of land in Uganda unlike in other countries where it is grown as a plantation crop by large companies. This has greatly improved the incomes of poor farmers enabling them a better living and able to educate their children.
Farmers living near protected areas in particular have found Artemisia more favorable than other cash crops because it cannot be grazed by wild animals.
Iam currently organizing Artemisia farmers into a cooperative society for better production, processing and marketing.
I have introduced the cultivation of Cape goose berries in my community as a commercial crop and farmers are enthusiastic at growing them. This plant is indigenous, common in the wild but had never been cultivated. Cape goose berries are high yielding and known to be very nutritious and highly medicinal. They contain many important vitamins including the little known but extremely important Vitamin P which contains flavinoids that have anti inflammatory, anti oxidant, anti fungal and antiviral properties.
I have already made a wonderful jam from these berries and Iam organizing farmers to process many other products from the crop as production increases.
I volunteered to establish a community botanical garden in Fort Portal, Uganda called Tooro Botanical Garden which is now a popular center for research, community education and ecotourism.
I started a demonstration farm at Bwenderwa village which the community selected as a model farm. It demonstrates permaculture.
Iam the main character in the BBC television documentary called Malaria in "Survival Series" which reveals that Africans have a potential to solve some of their common problems if they did more thinking and worked harder. This documentary can be accessed online at http://www.rockhopper.tv/downloads/
Bwenderwa model farm is the place for which I feel fondness and connection. It is situated in Kabarole district,Western Uganda 12Km from Fort Portal town. It is an eight acre farm involved in poultry production, silk farming, fish farming, beekeeping, vegetable and mushroom growing, production of various fruits, Artemisia growing, tree nursery, plant propagation unit, wetland conservation and agroforestry.
It has plenty of natural water and has a full view of the snow capped Rwenzori mountains.
It demonstrates enterprise mix and how various enterprises complement one another for better productivity, financial security and environmental conservation
I would like that Artemisia be processed locally into various products like antimalarials, essential oils, herbal teas and other health supplements through the construction of a processing plant in Fort Portal, Uganda.
Smallholder farmers should carry out farming as a business through proper enterprise mix, good agricultural practices and farm planning that can provide them with marketable quantities and quality of produce for profit maximization.
* Forester in Uganda Ministry of Lands and Natural resources
* Service provider, agroforestry for the National Agricultural and Advisory Services (NAADS) in Kabarole district
* Established and managed Tooro botanical gardens
* Executive secretary, Kabarole silk farmers Association (KASIFA)
* Chairman, Board of Directors Kabarole Beekeepers Association (KBA)
* Chairman of Kabarole Artemisia farmers Association
* Proprietor of Bwenderwa Model farm
* Professional Horticulturist