How 5 Ugandan brothers turned goat farming into a million-dollar business
- Five brothers came together to start livestock farming
- They started with only 11 goats on a small parcel of land
- Today, they have 360 goats and 420 flocks of sheep being reared on 200 hectares of land
In 2008, a team of five brothers from Agung village in Nwoya District, northern Uganda, came together to start livestock farming.
The original idea was not necessary to venture into livestock business, but rather to protect their lands by putting animals on it. Land grabbing was a huge concern in this region then.
“Land stealing was becoming rampant. We decided as a family to rear livestock on the land because we stayed away from home,” says Samuel Oola, one of the five brothers.
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But somewhere along the way, Oola together with his other four brothers -- Clement Lalobo, Jacob Omara, Lawrence Bongomin, and Benedict Loum, realized that there was more to livestock than they initially thought.
They started farming with only 11 goats. But the project quickly picked up as the number of goats increased. They then decided to take up livestock farming as their full-time job.
Today, they have 360 goats and 420 flocks of sheep being reared on 200 hectares of land. And the income from the farm keeps rising as their farm grow.
“The revenue generated from selling sheep and goats have enabled us to buy mechanized farm equipment, which we will use for value addition,” says Oola.
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They have also been able to install a Ghc64,5k solar power pump, which they use to harvest water from underground. Their next plan is to install a Ghc56k bio-diesel condenser in the near future.
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