Agriculture

 

Since 2015, The Recreation Project has introduced small-scale agricultural training into our programs.   With the 2nd youngest age structure in the world, 80% unemployment rate for youth ages 18-24, teaching modern agricultural practices has been a natural addition to our investment in northern Uganda. TRP’s programs to date have included horticulture and blended Piggery and Life Skills programs.

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PIGGERY AND LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM

Unlike other vocational training programs, TRP uses a blended model of life skills and psychosocial support to accompany the technical skills training.

“Believing in yourself and becoming determined to succeed is very important.  I know of a lot of youth who have graduated a skilling program and didn’t have enough confidence or determination to make their careers a reality.  Often times they just slip back into old habits.” – Ogeno Charles, Development Manager, TRP

The agriculture program is evidence that by blending technical skills training with an activity-based psychosocial programming we can help provide a sustainable and holistic benefit to participants and the wider community. Participants grow a belief in themselves while being equipped to actualize that belief with both life skills and technical agriculture skills.

“It has been my dream to do farming on a commercial scale and I know now that I’ll be able to do it!” “Not only will we emerge as farmers but as people who know how to be leaders in the community. I don’t think I will be the same again. I will be a better farmer and a better person.” – Kevin, Piggery & Life Skills participant, 2017

Our current program includes one day per week of training for five months, and is run twice a year. Each group is made up of around 20 youth who participate in the training which consists of:

  • 16 half-days of life skills training covering: Leadership, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Conflict Resolution, Family Dialogue, Stress Management, and Life Story and Vision for the Future.
  • Deep Bed IMO Piggery training including: Breed profiles, Introduction to IMO, Structural consideration for designing an IMO piggery, Deep bed piggery, Pig Health and hygiene, General Pig diseases, Pig management, Pig Rearing, and Marketing and Record keeping.
  • Mentoring and follow-up

The program is designed so that participants will begin to build their own piggeries during the 5-month training cycle with the possibility of purchasing their first pigs by the end of the course.

 


INTENSIVE TRAINING

TRP also runs periodic intensive training sessions for those interested in learning the deep bed, IMO piggery method. If you are interested in learning more, get in contact with our Operations and Agriculture Coordinator:

E: dan@therecreationproject.org

Ph: 0774 339 627

 


WHY DEVELOP IMO PIGGERIES?

Uganda consumes 3.43kg of pork per capita. This is the highest rate of any sub Saharan country, and it is growing.  There is constant demand for both meat and quality breeding stock in northern Uganda. TRP has been at the cutting edge of producing both of those commodities.

The Indigenous Micro organisms (IMO) technology used by TRP is relatively new and was developed in South Korea. TRP has been using this system of organic piggery for the past 2 years. There are many benefits of using IMO including:

  • odourless pig sty,
  • reduction in labour and water costs,
  • reduction in feeding costs,
  • better for the welfare of the pigs as it is soft under foot and
  • droppings are composted in the sty so can be used to fertilise gardens.

TRP has been working with youth living in urban settings over the last couple of years teaching this new technology. The IMO piggery perfectly suits such setting, primarily because it doesn’t produce offensive smells.