Mr Deo Mugisa, one of the many beneficiaries of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) from Kibiito Sub County in Kabarole district says that KRC has all the reasons to celebrate 20 years of its achievements
“If there is any NGO in this country that should celebrate its achievements it’s KRC,” Mugisa during an interview with this writer March 2.
According to Mr Mugisa KRC is one of the reasons poverty at households in the Rwenzori Region has been reduced, diseases caused by poor feeding fought and famine left to be talked about as phenomenon or catastrophe of the past.
Mugisa remembers that it was in 2002 when KRC staff first thought of going to Bunyangabu County to help people of the area get a solution to famine, diseases and poverty.
He (Mugisa) says that he was by then a struggling young man with less skills about how to empower himself economically to the standards of an urban dweller.
“I used to admire urban people and ask myself the magic they use to improve their standards of living until KRC came to Bunyangabu with an answer for me,” Mugisa remembers.
He says that KRC gave him modern farming skills together with many farmers from Kibiito and has never looked back, live alone admiring town dwellers again.
Through his farm enterprises Mugisa has reached capacity of even hiring expatriates from Universities and other science organizations or institutions for technical advice and treating his cows and advising on his crops.
He can now boast of at least five agricultural enterprises that include matooke, tomatoes, onions, zero grazing cow and banana wine processing. On top of all these enterprises Mugisa has graduated to a trainer of trainees for those coming from far and wide.
An LC councilor for East Ward in Kibiito Town Council, Mugisa is by Ugandan standards a modern farmer who is above the shs 20 million, President Museveni’s target for an average farmer in Uganda per year.
Mugisa says that if all his enterprises reach full capacity he will be assured of making over 20 million per year.
He appealed to the district authorities to extend government programmes aimed at alleviating poverty to all areas of Kibiito and give farmers the leverages that they deserve.
With all the skills acquired through KRC, Mugisa says farmers need to be helped in marketing their produce and in value addition for more stable incomes.
Attributing his success, Mugisa gives all his accolades to Kabarole Research and Resource Centre for its tireless efforts in ensuring that the poor farmer also reaches a point of having hope in himself/herself.