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IDEATION CORNER: EPISODE 10: Desire for Financial Independence Drove Nakigozi into Poultry Farming 

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The Ideation Corner is a platform that showcases Ugandan entrepreneurs, thinkers, innovators, policy makers and academics to share ideas and insights that inspire the youth.

In this episode of the Ideation Corner, Damali Ssali talks to Laura Nakigozi about how her yearning for financial independence propelled her to venture into Poultry Farming.

Laura Nakigozi is a 27-year-old poultry farmer. She attained a Makerere University Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, where she majored in Mathematics and Statistics. After this she started her career with the Uganda National Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), but soon left to start her own company.

Today, Nakigozi is the Chief Executive Officer of Cloverdale Farm, which is located in Kitemu, along Masaka Road. She started operations in 2017 with 50 birds, which have since increased to the current number of 2,200.

Through her farm, Laura is also providing training to her fellow youth who want to start poultry farming but have limited capital and/or space. She trains them on how to use low-cost high-quality bamboo cages to start poultry farming.

She aims to positively impact on the lives of young people through the creation of jobs and employment.

THE STORY 

While on internship at UBOS, Laura used her little savings to buy a few phones, which she would then resell to her co-workers. To her dismay, her clients always took the phones with a promise of paying at the end of the month after getting a salary!

This baffled Nakigozi and she wondered how someone who wakes up every morning to go to work could not have money on them all the time.

It is at this point that she had second  thoughts about whether to get a salaried  job where one has to wait for up to 30 days  before touching money or venture into  the world of business where she would be  “assured of some money” any time.

She chose the latter. And in 2013, the Makerere University Bachelor of Economics  (Mathematics and Statistics) graduate  ventured into poultry farming to try her luck  at entrepreneurship.

“I needed to be financially independent,” Nakigozi told Damali Ssali on the Damali Ssali Ideation Corner show.

The 27-year-old started off with 50 Kuroiler hens which she reared in her grand parents’ garage.

True to her aspiration, Nakigozi today walks all smiles to the bank any day of the month. She is financially independent!

BUMPY RIDE 

Despite her success, Nakigozi did not have it smooth. She ventured into poultry farming with no prior knowledge about the trade.  She thus went through a lot of “trial and error” and suffered huge losses before she mastered the skill.

A few years into the business, Nakigozi realised that she was not breaking even on Kuroiler hens; they were giving her fewer eggs than she expected. This forced her to change to broilers.

Unfortunately, she again failed to generate meaningful returns.

“I realised I was spending a whole month taking care of the birds but only earning Shs 200,000 as a profit. It was not working,” she says.

After adequate research, she finally settled for layers. To improve her poultry farming knowledge, Nakigozi did a lot of reading and online research. She would also volunteer to work with agriculturalists who wanted to exhibit their products at various agricultural shows, and this enabled her meet various resourceful people in the value chain who helped her improve a lot.

She then moved from the traditional style to the poultry cage system, a modern method of rearing poultry, which helped her track egg production and increase profitability. While she had started poultry farming in 2014, she only started breaking even in 2017.

MARKET, BUSINESS FORMALISATION  

When the hens started giving her a good number of eggs, she was now faced with a new dilemma of finding market for the produce.

She says social capital played an important role in helping her find market.  She recalls having made friends with many people in Kitemu who were more than willing to buy her organic eggs.

She would also use a motorcycle to ferry eggs from Kitemu, which is about 18 km from Kampala, to Wandegeya, a Kampala suburb, to supply her customers in that area. When her stock increased, she scouted around for new markets and thus opened an egg-store in Kyengera, where she also offered free space to a group of women poultry farmers to sell their eggs too.

While most small businesses do not want to formalise, Nakigozi chose to have her enterprise fully registered so she could penetrate the bigger market. This gave her a competitive advantage in the market as it enabled her to secure contracts to supply two big schools, prior to the outbreak of the corona pandemic.

DIVERSIFICATION  

The increasing business profitability and adoption of poultry cages also saved Nakigozi a lot of time, enabling her to  venture into other projects like pepper and  tomato farming, cattle keeping, as well as  offering mentorship programmes to aspiring  poultry farmers.

She offers different training packages including bamboo cage making, poultry farming, where one gets various practical skills on brooding, chicken feeding, disease control and vaccination, among others.

Currently, Nakigozi only takes in small groups of three people each, which she can ably handle. She charges about Shs 300,000 to train one in bamboo cage making. Bamboo cages are said to be three times cheaper than steel cages.

Nakigozi taught herself how to make bamboo cages after she realised that she could not afford the steel ones. She watched how the bamboo cages are made on YouTube.

“My employees and I started by building a brooder with the bamboo cages; it looked  funny but when it worked, we went into  manufacturing cages, which have helped us  manage the feeds, thereby reducing costs,”  she says.

Nakigozi says that feeds are the biggest cost in a poultry business and if you do not get it right, the hens may not give you the eggs you want.

“Poultry farming is labour intensive; I needed  to be around all the time but I realised that  that is a gap I needed to close and the only  way to do that was by using bamboo cages  because then I would give just the right  quantity of feeds and avoid wastage,” she  notes.

She says cages have also helped her keep diseases off her farm, increasing profitability in return.

CORONA PANDEMIC IMPACT

Just like other businesses, Nakigozi says her enterprise was impacted by the effects of the corona pandemic which cut off egg supply to schools following the closure of learning institutions to curb the spread of the virus.

This, however, forced her to look for alternative markets. She would move to different towns selling her eggs. Her new customers now pick the eggs from the farm, following the gradual easing of the lockdown.

POWER OF RESEARCH 

Nakigozi advises youths aspiring to venture into farming to undertake research prior to starting out and to visit as many farmers as they can to pick lessons.

“People will give you a different picture; some will make it seem rosy, but it is not. But pick lessons and know how to go about any challenge that arises,” she says.

She also advises anyone intending to venture into poultry farming to ensure constant supervision and to create social capital to ensure sustainable market. She also advises them to keep records to enable them to gauge the project’s financial health. She also encourages people to inject profits back into the business so that it can grow organically.

She also advises them to “start with whatever little they have.”

The post IDEATION CORNER: EPISODE 10: Desire for Financial Independence Drove Nakigozi into Poultry Farming  first appeared on ChimpReports.



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Denmark’s Eriksen is joking and in a good mood: Agent | Euro2020 News

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‘He is fine,’ but may have to stay in hospital for two more days, the Inter Milan player’s agent Martin Schoots told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen may have to stay in hospital for two more days but is making a good recovery, his agent said on Monday.

Eriksen collapsed during Saturday’s European Championship game against Finland in Copenhagen and doctors think he had a cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated on the pitch.

“He has been joking, he was in a good mood. He is fine,” the Inter Milan player’s agent Martin Schoots told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper after visiting him.

“We all want to know what happened, he as well. The doctors are doing lots of tests and that takes time.”

The 29-year-old is not expected to play again in the tournament but could continue his recuperation at home soon.

Eriksen will stay in hospital in Copenhagen on Monday “and perhaps also Tuesday” added Schoots.

“He is happy because he has seen how many people care about him. He has had messages from across the world,” he added.

Denmark, who lost 1-0 to Finland having decided to restart the game hours after his collapse, meet favourites Belgium in their second Group B game on Thursday.

“Without a doubt, he wants to support his team against Belgium as a fan,” said Schoots, without specifying whether that would be in the Parken Stadium in the Danish capital.



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Covid-19 claims Kanungu district health officer Dr Ssebudde

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Kanungu district health officer, Dr. Stephen Ssebudde has succumbed to Covid-19. According to Kanungu deputy resident district commissioner, Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaaju, Ssebudde breathed his last at 09:00 pm yesterday at Entebbe Grade B hospital where he spent a week in admission.

Kanungu resident district commissioner, Hajji Shafiq Ssekandi who also heads the district Covid-19 taskforce says that Ssebudde’s death is a big blow to the district health department because he has been working selflessly to ensure that all people in the community receive equal health services.

Martin Kafanta Atukwase, the former Kanungu district youth chairperson, says Ssebudde’s death should send a strong message to the public about the need for extra vigilance and the need to implement Covid-19 preventive measures because the disease has the capacity to get to anyone.  

This is the first district health officer in Uganda to succumb to the virus, which has claimed at least 15 prominent figures in the last seven days.

Some of the victims include Manzi Tumubweine, the former state minister for Privatization and former Rukiga county MP, Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the former Kabale district LC V chairman, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Samuel Bamuzibire, the Kampala Metropolitan 999 Patrol commander, and former judiciary permanent secretary, Kagole Kivumbi among others.



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Myanmar’s pro-Rohingya social media campaign gathers mass support | Rohingya News

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Hundreds of thousands of Myanmar’s anti-military government protesters have flooded social media with pictures of themselves wearing black in a show of solidarity with the Rohingya, a minority group that is among the most persecuted in the country.

Since the military overthrew civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power in a February 1 coup, an anti-military movement demanding a return to democracy has grown to include fighting for ethnic minority rights.

The mostly-Muslim Rohingya – long viewed as interlopers from Bangladesh by many in Myanmar – have for decades been denied citizenship, rights, access to services and freedom of movement.

In 2017, a bloody military campaign in Myanmar’s west sent about 740,000 Rohingya fleeing across the border into Bangladesh carrying accounts of rape, mass killings and arson.

The military has long claimed the crackdown was justified to root out rebels, and Aung San Suu Kyi defended the army’s conduct by travelling to the Hague to rebut charges of genocide at the UN’s top court.

The Myanmar public was largely unsympathetic to the Rohingya’s plight, while activists and journalists reporting on the issues faced vitriolic abuse online.

On Sunday, activists and civilians took to social media to post pictures of themselves wearing black and flashing a three-finger salute of resistance, in posts tagged “#Black4Rohingya”.

“Justice must [be] served for each of you and each of us in Myanmar,” prominent rights activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi said on Twitter.

Local media also showed a small protest in Myanmar’s commercial hub Yangon, with black-clad demonstrators holding signs in Burmese that said they were “protesting for the oppressed Rohingya”.

By the evening, the #Black4Rohingya hashtag was trending on Twitter in Myanmar with more than 332,000 mentions.

Sunday’s show of support from the mostly Buddhist, ethnic Bamar-majority population is a far cry from previous years when even using the term “Rohingya” was a lightning rod for controversy.

‘Solidarity is important’

Nay San Lwin, co-founder of the Free Rohingya Coalition, told Al Jazeera that the #Black4Rohingya campaign has “received a huge support and solidarity from our fellow Burmese this year”.

“In the past, we only had international supporters but since the coup, we have received public apologies from individuals and organisations in Myanmar,” he added.

“The solidarity from our fellow Burmese is very important for us. We were friendless in our own country, regarded like enemies, intruders, interlopers and sub-humans but now many of them accepted Rohingya as their fellow citizens. Many of them realised that they were brainwashed by the military.

“The people who used to call us ‘Bengali’ are now calling us Rohingya. That means they are now respecting the very basic human rights.”

Prominent Europe-based Rohingya activist Ro Nay San Lwin told AFP news agency the online campaign is an annual effort to raise awareness but Sunday was “the first time” he had seen it go viral in Myanmar.

“I am so happy to see those inside Myanmar joined this campaign. I am more hopeful to have a stronger solidarity from them,” he said.

The shadow National Unity Government (NUG) – made up of overthrown lawmakers of Myanmar working to topple the military from power – has also extended an olive branch to the minority group, inviting them to “join hands… to participate in this Spring Revolution” in a recent announcement.

The NUG has been branded as “terrorists” by the military regime, while military leader Min Aung Hlaing has dismissed the word “Rohingya” as “an imaginary term”.

Since the coup earlier this year, more than 860 people have been killed in brutal crackdowns by security forces, according to a local monitoring group – a death toll that has drawn alarm from the international community.

On Friday, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said Myanmar has plunged from a “fragile democracy to a human rights catastrophe” – pointing with particular concern at the escalating violence in regions like Kayah, Chin and Kachin states.

State-run television on Sunday evening condemned Bachelet’s comments, saying that the international body “should not be biased”.



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