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Vegetable farming is one of the leading agribusinesses that could fetch young farmers high returns in the shortest time period. LinkmeUg caught up with Joseph Male an enterprising farmer growing carrots, cabbages, tomatoes and ‘dodo’. Joseph has a diploma on accounting and finance, a degree in agriculture and rural innovation program from Makerere University.
LinkmeUg: What type of agribusiness are you dealing in and how much do you earn out of it?
Joseph: Well, I’m dealing in intergrated farming. I specialize in vegetable farming. On average, I make about Shs3.5 and Shs4m in a week.
LinkmeUg: When did you start vegetable farming?
Joseph: Actually, I started vegetable farming in 2009. I do phase planting approach on just 3 acres of land which has enabled me to harvest on a daily basis.
LinkmeUg: Is the land you use yours>
Joseph: My farm is on my Aunt’s land, in Namayumba on Hoima rd, I requested for it after showing her my plan to use it and when she was convinced, we agreed on its usage. I give her some rental fees for which she is very appreciative.
LinkmeUg: Where do your customers link up with you?
Joseph: In most cases, customers place orders online – facebook which eases the process. The page is called “indigenous skills empowerment” One just fills in the quantity of what they want, the figure will be indicated at the bottom automatically.
LinkmeUg: Who do you supply your Vegetable produces to?
Joseph: In the beginning, I would only supply my produce to the lecturers at the university and a few friends. Currently, apart from corporates, I also supply homes and hotels.
LinkmeUg: Why are you dealing in vegetable farming, of all agribusinesses?
Joseph: Two things ; Vegetable farming is cheaper to start and importantly, the returns are high since demand is readily available.
LinkmeUg: How much do your products go for in the market?
Joseph: A full basket containing different vegetable varieties ranges between Shs40,000 and Shs400,000 depending on the size of the basket. However, this excludes the transport costs.
Joseph Male also trains and give farmers seeds and seedlings. He doesn’t do this single handily, his colleagues, Robert Kalule handles the technical bit and Jude Kalemba, coordinates farmers. Together, their agribusiness is fetching these young farmers lots of money through vegetable farming.