Kigozi, a poultry keeper in Mpigi District Shares his story
Kigozi Savio, a 30 year old resident of Mpigi Mayember Lower graduated with a diploma in business administration at Mutesa Royal University. After he had the same mind that things would get fine along the change in government or getting a white colour job, trying his best in vain, he decided to sit home and engage in nothing. It was not until 2016 that his friend who was doing well in the poultry business, persuaded him into trying poultry business. In 2017, Kigozi lobbied for 1,500,000/=from his parents which he used as initial capital for starting his poultry project. Kigozi was lucky that his sister had a boys quarter which was not used. He requested for 2 rooms and made them brooders. He bought 200 chicks, (layers) with a manual on how to manage a poultry project. He bought everything he wanted though small they were. He lost 40 chicks due to the fact that he was “learning on job” to manage them and other reasons like diseases and weather couldn’t be avoidable. Kigozi now has 160 hens.
Expenses. He feeds them on 100 kg of maize brand mixed with; 15kg of silver fish, 15kg of cotton, 5kg of sun flower, 5kg of shells and 10kg of broken maize all summing to 190,000 every week. Totalling to 760,000 monthly.
Production. He picks 4 trays of eggs on a daily basis. 28 trays weekly and 112 trays monthly.
Sales. He sells each tray at 10,000. He makes a daily sales of 40,000/=, 280,000/= weekly sales and his monthly sales is 1,120,000/=. His annual sales is estimated at sh.13, 440,000. His monthly income is sh.360,000 (1,120,000-760,000) monthly sales subtracted from monthly expenses for both feedings and vaccinations. Kigozi finds life so interesting; he is not a slave to his business as he confessed that he does not spend the whole day attending to birds. He only checks in to put food, water, removing eggs and cleaning as his daily activity and finds his time in other activities. He finds it so interesting and his plan is expanding his layers from 160 to 20,000 by 2023.
Opportunity for Poultry Keeping
Today, there is increased consumption of eggs and there is demand for chicken across the country and outside Uganda. The consumption of chicken products from eggs to meat and fertilizers have high demand as the population in both urban and rural settings keep increasing daily. We have a wide market for poultry products; that is, meat, eggs, chicks and residues in form of fertilizers. To start with; already existing hotels and upcoming ones all over the country buy chicken and eggs in bulk, restaurants all over the country have shown support to farmers dealing in poultry through increased purchases of eggs and birds for meat.
Institutions like schools, universities, churches and other agencies that are concerned with the welfare of both their employees and guests have increased the consumption demand for chicken and eggs. Bakery industries on several occasions place orders for eggs. They are used as a raw material for baking cakes, bread, cookies and daddies among other products. The commonly known industry for chapatti making “Rolex” also uses eggs as a raw material which is enjoyed by almost everyone.
Farmers dealing in tomatoes, banana plantations and other types of crops have preferred poultry residuals/wastes as good fertilizers which has made even a bag of wastes from poultry to rise to 8000/=. Other factories that use egg shells and those that demand fertilized eggs for hatching all show that there is a wide market in Uganda which cannot easily be easily satisfied however big the investment. This is evidenced by the shortages in supply of eggs by farmers to consumers which makes eggs very expensive these days. This implies that there is need for an increased production of eggs.
Today, it is very sad and common to hear youths complain of being unemployed or being poor when there are opportunities unutilized. There is a saying that Africans believe by seeing. However, though they live in it, Ugandans haven’t believed the poverty that strikes the country everyday. As the youths, we may accrue to such a statement being true by seeing and copying those we associate with changing their status. But if not so, we shall keep lamenting, things can’t change or we must have the change in the government for the life to be better for us. I tell you, there will never be change unless it originates from the mindset of the person. If only youths today accept to change their mindset, there will be change. The start is always hard and threatening, but, when you find yourself at it, you will always rejoice. Our president, HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has made several remarks pleading for youth’s transformation in mind to start their own Income Generating Activities (IGAs) but youths instead think it is the president who is the stumbling block to their success.
What we can do
My prayer is that, we can have other youths picking a leaf from Kigozi and Uganda will be a lovely country to live in, instead of exporting labour. There will be independence and household incomes will increase. Kigozi is saving for his new house among other developments. He no longer feels stressed or pressurized working for anyone. to the youths out there, farming is a way out of poverty, the way to education, the way to good health and the way to enjoyment. Let’s join hands as church, schools, families, leaders, government, other concerned bodies or persons also and youths to see that everyone at household levels participates in farming so that we can reduce household poverty and reduce on unemployment rates.
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