Poor mechanisation hindering agricultural transfromation in uganda

Dr. kazuhiko explainig how a rice thresher works

Poor agricultural mechanization is one of the biggest hindrances to transforming Uganda’s agriculture from subsistence agriculture to commercial agriculture, Dr. Godfrey Asea, the Director of National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) has said.

Dr. Asea who recently speaking at NaCRRI during a demonstration of agricultural machinery for small scale farmers that have been manufactured in Uganda said 99.4% of small scale farmers in Uganda use traditional, rudimentary and obsolete technologies in agriculture, a major contributor to low farm output.

Earning a living from fixing bicycles for 34 years

High rates of unemployment and famine in 1990s in the eastern part of Uganda forced Hussein shift from farming to fixing bicycles for a living at a young age. The 65 year old still operates bicycles and is now a famous bicycle engineer in Iganga town,

“When I got done with Arabic certificate at the age of 15 I had no hope of going for further studies so I had to find ways of surviving. During that time most people were jobless and cotton which was major cash crop by then had lost value”, says Hussein.

Limbless Katamba earns a living from repairing electronics

As the saying goes that disability is not inability, katamba Edward unfolds its realty. After realizing the challenges he would face as person with disability, katamba decided to utilize every opportunity in order to succeed. He used Shs.200,000 meant for his graduation party and started up his own business. Katamba has a certificate in electric wiring, owns an electronic workshop as well as a famous electrician in kikoni a suburb in Kampala.