NAKASONGOLA, UGANDA – On 18th October 2019, Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) in partnership with its partners; Robran Holdings Limited, Livestock Development Forum, The Green Elephant –VOF, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – Makerere University, Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited and Uganda Beef Producers Association with support from the European Union, launches the Promote Supplementary Feeding project which is under a programme known as “Developing a Market-Oriented and Environmentally Sustainable Beef Meet Industry in Uganda (MOBIP)”. The implementation of MOBIP lies with Directorate of Animal Resources (DAR) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF).
The project was officially launched by Hon. Minister of Public Service, Muruli Mukasa at Butiti ranch located in Nakasongola. The ranch is owned by Dr. David Kamukama who is the Vice Chairman, Uganda Beef Producers Association (UBPA) & has over 1,500 cows at the ranch.
The Suppl-F project will support beef Nucleus Farmers to setup a supplementary feeding demonstration site (feedlot). The project will support 10 nucleus farmers in 10-selected districts through trainings, provision of inputs and equipment to establish demonstration sites (demo sites) and handholding. The selected district areas, formerly defined by MAAIF as Disease Control Zones (DCZ 1 & 2) are;
Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Masindi, Nakaseke & Nakasongola
Lyantonde, Mubende, Kibaale, Kiruhura and Isingiro.
The overall objective of Suppl-F project is to increase access and uptake of supplementary feeding in the project area by 10%.
The project is expected to increase access to quality supplementary feeding among the beef value-chain actors and to increase participation and uptake of supplementary feeds value chain opportunities by women and youth farmer groups.
SUPP-L Project will address the following challenges;
- Low productivity levels: it is necessary to enhance beef meat production, productivity and quality assurance in the targeted areas through supplementary feeding in order to meet quality and food safety standards.
- Environment: there are currently inappropriate responses towards climate resilience that hinder market practices.
- Weak market dynamics: Numerous constraints can be identified refraining access to market and exploiting market opportunities (additional to the TOR).
- Gender: Women and youth are almost completely excluded from the beef value chain.
ABOUT SUPPL-F PROJECT PARTNERS
Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) is Uganda’s apex body for the private sector. It is made up of over 200 business associations, corporate bodies and the major public sector agencies that support private sector growth.
Since its founding in 1995, PSFU has served as a focal point for private sector advocacy as well as capacity building and continues to sustain a positive policy dialogue with Government on behalf of the private sector.
Right from its inception, PSFU has been Government’s implementation partner for several projects and programmes aimed at strengthening the private sector as an engine of economic growth.
PSFU aims to strengthen Private Sector capacity for effective policy advocacy and market competitiveness nationally, regionally and internationally. Regionally, PSFU is the national focal point for the East African Business Council (EABC) and the COMESA Business Council (CBC). It aims to advocate for an improved business environment and work with Government to reduce the cost of doing business in Uganda.
Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL) is a membership organization established in 1987 to change perceptions and setup platform for promotion of women in business in Uganda. Over the years, they have invested heavily in developing and strengthening the entrepreneurial capabilities of women.
Uganda Beef Producers Association (UBPA) is a membership organization comprising of stakeholders in the Beef industry. UBPA’s core functions are: advocacy, trainings, mobilization of its members, resource mobilization, and keeping of data bank. The association is putting in place a modern abattoir as a pre-condition for development of the exports.
Robran Holdings Limited was formed by youth engaged in pasture production while at University and registered a business name “Makerere University Agribusiness Student’s Initiative”, then under the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – Makerere University. Their involvement in pasture started in 2016 following selection by CURAD then implementing a World Bank funded project to commercialize pasture seed production in Uganda. These youth were the only private sector livestock pasture businesses and decided to incorporate a company “Robran Holdings” in 2018. Robran today are leading pasture promoters in Uganda. Their operations are in 13 districts, farms covering 900 acres of established pasture. They have supported farm management by developing pastures and improving livestock nutrition, innovating electronic farm management systems, facilitating farm planning, which have resulted into an increase in milk production on the farms by 80% and weight gain by 65%.
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) –Makerere University was formed in 2011 as a merger of four units namely the faculty of agriculture, faculty of forestry and nature conservation, faculty of geography and faculty of food Science technology. CAES has 3 schools including School of Agricultural Science where research on animal nutrition (supplementary feeds), beef production, amongst is done at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute – Kabanyoro. Still under the school of Agricultural Sciences is the Department of Agricultural production, which is a key resource for all round issues on livestock. Their research areas are diverse transcending the entire agriculture/food value chain. They are current involved in climate change research and water resource, equipment designs, risks and hazards, sustainable production systems, etc.
Livestock Development Forum (LDF) is company limited by guarantee with a membership of over 200 livestock farmers and cooperative unions across the entire country. The company was established in June 2017 to create a linkage between the livestock farmer and the other stakeholders that support the sector along the entire value chain. The main mandate of LDF is to Promote Sustainable Livestock Production through Genetics and Breeding; Nutrition (feeds); Management, farm structures and environment; Health; Financing; Research and training; and Marketing and value addition. LDF also boosts of experience in registering and managing livestock breed societies and developing partnership.
The Green Elephant (TGE) - VOF is a Dutch registered partnership and a fair profit sharing enterprise founded by RogierBuker and Dirk de Jong in 2017. The partnership has done extensive research in the Netherlands on feedlots, opened land in New Zealand and experimented on the feedlots. The company also has a subsidiary company in Uganda, registered as The Green Elephant Company Uganda. In Uganda, TGE currently produces and sale energy grass and silage from their Kyadondo factory in Wakiso district. They are establishing a 560Ha plantation in Luwero for large pellets and livestock feed factory. Their strength is vast experience in livestock feed block making using energy grass. They provide a sustainable and economical alternative for fossil and firework. They have wealth of expertise in energy grass research, and livestock management.