KABALE– Mushroom farmers in Rubaya Sub County, Kabale district need mushroom drying machines to help them in drying their harvests so that they can earn much from the activity.
They were speaking on Wednesday at Ndarura church of uganda grounds and at Kabirago trading center respectively during the stakeholders monitoring meeting on Evaluation of the project dubbed “Striking a balance, developing a green Economy around Lake Bunyonyi basin” which is phasing out this year, implemented by Self help Africa organization and Africa African International Christian Ministry with support from Irish Aid.
The project that has been operating in 17 villages around Lake Bunyonyi including Muko Sub county in Rubanda district, Rubaya and Butanda sub counties in Kabale district equipped several farmers with different skills including training them through their groups in mushroom growing, bee keeping and preparing tree nursery beds among others.
Mushroom farmers including Shallon Tukamushaba who is also the Rwanyena parish female Councilor, and the chairperson of Kagasha farmers group Christine Akankwasa from Kagasha village among others say that if they get a donation of mushroom drying machine through their farmers’ groups, this would increase on their income since the price of a kilogram of well dried mushroom costs over Ugx 60,000 compared to only Ugx 10,000 of a kilogram of opposite characteristics.
They however commended AICM and Self Help Africa for equipping them with mushroom farming knowledge, saying that this has improved their income.
The Project Manager Neftali Mugizi said that since they have equipped farmers with skills, they now want them to also use the money they earn from the enterprise to buy the mushroom drying machine in order to help in sustainability after the project phases out.
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The meeting was attended by several district leaders including the Kabale District Senior Assistant Secretary who is also the district clerk to council Gordon Manzi who represented the district Chief Administrative Officer Fred Kalyesubula, the Kabale district senior Agricultural Engineer, Paulino Ndyabanoha, the Kabale District Senior Environment Officer Evas Asiimwe, Sub county leaders, members of the groups trained by AICM and Self Help Africa and among others.