Better livestock breeding could help bring Uganda’s farmers out of poverty

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“Kafuuzi!” Grace Bwogi shouted. A black and grey goat turned in the caller’s direction before shifting her gaze and continuing to graze with rest of the herd on this three-acre farm in southern Uganda.

Thanks to her animals, Bwogi has been able to build herself a decent brick house, a rarity in her relatively poverty-stricken neighborhood in the Rakai district. She was able to send her four children to school and the farm has elevated her standing in society.

Goat farmers in Uganda who want improved varieties usually import males from South Africa to mate with their females. But just one imported male costs around four million shillings ($1000), a price that leaves smallholder farmers out ….

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Johnson Basangwa is a chicken farmer in Kamuli Municipality. Like Bwogi, he is a passionate believer that rearing livestock can provide an avenue for alleviating poverty for the millions of impoverished people living in Uganda ….“We can profit a lot from livestock; end poverty and over-dependence,” Basangwa said. “But we need the ministry of agriculture to take the lead.”

At the National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI) in Namulonge …. government scientists are [trying] to create varieties that are adaptable to Uganda’s environment and can produce greater yields while resisting diseases.

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