Animal Husbandry Training
Tamarind takes small groups of 12 farmers (120 per year) for a fortnight and provides a holistic program covering animal husbandry and crop growing, delivered in the local Acholi dialect. Working side by side with Tamarind employees provides a practical and implementable understanding.
Farmers return to their own land and implement this knowledge and skill on a larger scale, and both increase and specialise their yield. With new knowledge and skills, farmers are able to maximise the yield, moving towards a commercial venture rather than a subsistence one, which will bring long term benefits to their families.
Farmers are assessed and supported by Local Council Leaders who follow up to see the implementation of the practices at home.
Tamarind employs local people to work on the Training Farm, and uses the crops grown to feed the staff and farmers. Workers are paid either a fair local wage or may undertake a seed loan program instead.
Guiding locals through commercial agricultural practices helps to restore farming knowledge and a mindset of sustainability in local people. This then helps break the poverty cycle, restoring the community.
It rebuilds skills, trades and knowledge that has been lost and forgotten, resourcing people so that they can stand on their own two feet and have the ability to feed themselves.
We have focused on local breeds that are more resilient to disease and survive when free ranged. This reduces feed costs and is more sustainable for local farmers. Chickens provide us with both eggs and meat.
Our goats have been bred for meat, but we are transitioning toward milking goats. In preparation for this we need to develop the property with fences, cooling houses, and modern milk goat sheds.
We breed rabbits in order to provide meat, organic fertiliser and pesticide.
We are in early stages of breeding, but in future our herd will be able to produce meat, milk and dairy and leather.
We have 9 hives with the capacity of producing 120 litres of honey per year.