Christine Nalubinga is a farmer and member of NADIFA in Nakasongola. She is a housewife, but for the last 10 years has engaged in farming with her husband. She began cassava farming, despite having no prior training in cassava production.
Christine and her husband have 13 Children. She is 45 and he is 48 years old. The couple had for a long time been planting cassava the old fashioned way until in 2013 when CAVA intervened. Their efforts then were not of much benefit given the poor harvests obtained from their small gardens. Years later, their farming business has expanded and the couple has bought some cows, which they use during planting. Her cassava business continues to grow at the new cassava opportunities opening up greatly.
“We harvest about 150 bags of stems and sell each bag at 35,000 Uganda shillings giving us an earning of about 4 million Uganda shillings in just a month. We also earn a lot from processing.This is cassava money that has greatly improved our household status”-Christine Nalubinga. The couple today owns 3 and a half acres of cassava of the NASE 14 and NAROCASS 1 varieties, and plans to expand their acreage with an additional 1 acre on which to plant more cassava.
Christine narrates how it all came about. ‘It so happened that one day we were among the many farmers mobilized for a training on cassava production and it is from then that our lives changed. We have since had access to quality seed of the NASE 14 and NAROCASS 1 varieties.’ Christine says.
The couple was however by then not part of the Nakasongola District Farmers Association (NADIFA) group until after seeing the benefits of belonging to a group after a training they attended. ‘We were trained on good agronomic practices and management of the cassava crop and after the training my husband and I registered to be part of NADIFA’ Christine adds.
Since joining the NADIFA group, the couple has seen tremendous changes in their livelihoods. They are food secure, able to provide an education for their children, engage in farming of other crops and also rearing livestock. The couple has also constructed a house and purchased more land to expand their farming business.
CAVA II Uganda has been greatly influential in offering trainings and imparting knowledge and skills to the farmers in not only good agronomic practices but also processing of HQCF.
In a month, the group processes about 70 tons of FCR with the breweries being their largest end user market. Other markets include the local bakeries and home consumption.