1 Apr. 2010 Uganda
Each household now can sell 60 eggs per month. They can earn money, and also get nutrition.
Chicks from the hatchery are growing up healthy in each household
Maize growing and local chicken rearing
HFW Uganda started a project in March 2007, with 40 households of approximately 400 people in Nakkede parish, combining maize growing for feed and local chicken rearing in order to increase income levels and improve nutritional condition. Maize planted in April 2007, was harvested that August and processed as feed. In September 2007, each household was trained in free range local chicken rearing, received six chicks and necessary tools such as a feeder, built their own chicken coop, and began raising their chicks. By using the feed processed the previous month, the high costs of purchasing feed was avoided.
The local chickens grew well and began laying eggs, and in April 2008, we collected eggs from each household and hatched them in a hatchery to increase the number of chickens. At present, each household is raising an average of 25 birds.
Until now, the people of Nakkede parish were earning a monthly income of approximately ¥17,000. However, this project has increased this amount by approximately ¥670 because each house is now able to sell 60 eggs per month on average. One participant said, "When we first started raising chickens, I never imagined their numbers would increase like this and we'd have so many eggs. I hope to continue working to make this a stable source of income." By eating eggs such as those with small cracks that cannot be sold, participants are also experiencing improvements in nutrition.
There are also some beneficiaries capable of hatching their own chicks to increase the size of the flocks, so we are expecting further continued development.
Local birds grow up in a chicken coop built by a beneficiry