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Agriculture is carried out on steep slopes

Bundibugyo project

Lamech, the extension worker, trains buck-keepers in record keeping

History

This project was established by World Harvest Mission (WHM), who are active in the mountainous and milk-poor Bundibugyo District with water, medical, educational, Bible translation and infant nutrition programmes.

Between 2006 and 2009, in order to  reduce the need for expensive formula feed for feeding babies, they gave out around 200 does of 50% dairy blood. They also placed over 50 bucks of 75% dairy blood. These were for mating with the donated does, but also with local goats from other households.

In March 2013, in consultation with local leaders, JOY GDP agreed to adopt some sections of the breeding programme in order to promote long-term sustainability.

Opportunities

• There are already many offspring from the WHM goats.

• Many of the people of the area already milk local goats and greatly value the high-yielding cross-breeds.

• Goat keeping is very common, and people generally value their goats and care for them well.

• The mountainous terrain means that erosion control is needed, which can be source of fodder. Also the shade trees for cocoa are also a potential fodder supply.

• There are almost no cows in the District, and the little milk that is brought from outside is expensive.

Challenges

• When the relevant phase of the WHM infant feeding programme was completed, support for the dairy goat programme stopped.

• There is no JOY GDP Field Officer based nearby.

• The location is very remote, making visits by JOY GDP staff difficult and expensive.

• As of March 2013 there were no local farmers’ groups to oversee the village breeding plans. This had led to a failure to ensure that good quality breeding males were retained

The local goats are some of the best in Uganda

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