Kazire Banana Value Chain Management Project intends to promote banana value chain management systems in rural communities of Uganda anchored on organic farming. This is intended to achieve food security, improved people’s health and livelihoods, household income, creation of employment opportunities among the youth and women as well as empowering agro-processing in the country. The project is being implemented by Kazire Health Products Limited, a pioneer domestic health products processing industry in Uganda through its agricultural division.
After succeeding in the use of natural agricultural inputs to process health-based beverages with a sole aim of promoting people’s health, Kazire Health Products Limited has embarked on agriculture primary production incorporating community members who have for the last 15 years been supplying the company with inputs. As a means of its core objective of improving the lives of people and their communities, the company came up with an idea of setting a nucleus farm through which farmers will be trained in improved farming practices, access clean and improved planting materials as well as motivation on the relevance of improved farming practices.
The company established a 250-acre banana plantation with 100 heads of cattle under zero grazing to provide the plantation with a sustainable source of organic manure. Going forward, the company intends to incorporate 500 households in a one-acre model of maximum production. The incorporated households will be provided with free training and planting materials from the company’s nucleus farm. Starting with a one-year pilot programme, the programme will be replicated to cover the whole district in the subsequent years and later be shared throughout the country.