Farmer Outreach and Extenion
Farmers who finish their training at the demonstration farm and get start up seeds and tools or piglets, they remain part of CIBC. We understand that there are technical limitation and social challenges without the help of the extension agent, though all skills have been given on training. Our experience is that after doing things together at the demonstration farm, people tend to forget and make mistakes especially in mushrooms, during the second phase of production. We are very sorry to Nkwenda Twetungure women’s group, after training they went to grow mushrooms, whereas the results were promising, they lost the whole of the second yield because they forget hygienic principle thus contaminated the whole garden during incubation.
Such losses discourage new entrants into the enterprises, to avoid this, farmers that are already trained have to continue under the supervision of the extension agent in their gardens. The extension agent also meets the members individually to discuss issues that concern confidentiality. There are many different challenges farmers face in other different enterprises such as vegetable, piggery, honey and banana farming. We strive to create that relationship with the farmers from the earliest point to help them mitigating any predictable challenge.
In the photo above, CIBIC is supporting Batwa families to grow organic vegetables for nutrition, food security and income at household level
In the photo on your right, CIBIC is desirous to establish at least 1 acre of banana plantation per settlement. This is around 450 banana plants per community. Our strategy is to empower 4 members per month per community each with 50 banana suckers planted with manure and well cared for. We will need 9 members to establish an acre in each community. This will take around 2 month per community and with 11 settlements, it will take us 22 month. With this plan at least each community can potentially harvest 75 banana bunches per month. This means that if we consider each community with 15 household averagely, the family will have at least 4.4 bunches of bananas per month. The average bunches we are talking about may feed a family of 5 people for 3 days at minimum. This can therefore guarantee food security for each family for 3 days per week per month. This means that if a community have an acre of cassava this will cover the remaining 4 days to make each household free from hunger. We are working to achieve this I hope in the next 2 years. Other crops like vegetables, fruits and coffee and animals like rabbits, chicken fish and goats will supplement this for nutrition and income.