Making money from farming – Komakech Geofrey’s story

Komakech at his Produce store/ Shop

After the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Mucwini was declared closed in 2009, most people went back in their ancestral land to resettle and start farming. Some people found it difficult to restart their lives at home and moved to urban centers. Those who stayed back practiced subsistence farming and most crops grown were for home consumption.

In 2011, Komakech Geoffrey resettled at Golngom ‘A’ Village, Pudo Parish Mucwini Sub county and started growing food crops including sorghum , millet, cassava, sesame and groundnuts.

Geoffrey in his sesame garden

In 2014, GADC identified some farmers in Mucwini who were to be trained and Geoffrey was among the farmers that were selected to be trained. From the training that GADC gave them, he was assured that GADC was also going to provide market for the crops in its value chain and they were encouraged to grow more. He continued with farming because of the sesame market that GADC had created, he produced six bags of sesame and sold five weighing 479 kgs at 4,300@ per kilo earning him 2,059,700/=.

With his income, he bought two bulls and paired them for ploughing to increase on his acreage. Geoffrey used the balance of the money to start up a produce buying business and started selling to GADC and other traders in Kitgum and Lira.

Komakech Leading his cattle back home after grazing

Because of the increased acreage, he planted more sesame and received more money. He used part of this money to buy two cows which delivered last year. He has been getting milk from them, and has used some of his extra income to construct a Mabati (tin roofed) house, which is now being used as his produce store.

Because of financial literacy training provided by GADC, he was able to start an off-season business, using his store as a shop to sell basic home necessities such as soap, cooking oil, biscuits, sweets, paraffin and soda.

Geoffrey in his shop during off-season

The financial literacy trainings have helped Geoffrey develop his business skills and he has become one of the best produce traders in Mucwini Sub County. With good record keeping, he has learnt how to spend his money more wisely, bringing him more wealth and improving his standard of living.

 

1 Comment

  1. Bosco Kilama on September 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the great work that you are doing among the communities

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