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The people of Lingira Island are predominantly fishermen, but a few of them keep some sheep and goats and do a little agriculture.
Pastor Paul Mutaasa has been on the island since 1990, and now oversees a group of churches on Lingira and neighbouring islands. We had not planned to set up a goat project there, but when David Dowdy was visiting the island as part of a preaching team the conversation came round to his main activity. Within an hour, a meeting of some of the local goat breeders quickly assembled around him, and the request was made to bring the programme to the islands.
We are still at the exploratory stage, and it is by no means certain that a project
will be set up -
• Connections are strong -
• The initiative for introducing dairy goats came from the people of the island themselves, so their interest is clear.
• The Island has no other local source of milk.
• The goats here are not zero-
• Control of breeding will be impossible unless there is agreement among all goat keepers on the Island.
• Disease control is also difficult.
• Although there is no milk on the Island, the diet is not as deficient in fat and
protein as elsewhere in Uganda -