Uganda Masaka | Lake Birinzi Trading as (High Grow Agri ‘UG’)
Currently we produce the highest quality, Ground Nuts, Robusta,
& exotic Wild Coffees.
We have produced, Maize, Irish Potato, Water Melon, Ghost Chillies.
At Namakwaland Farms, we are dedicated to doing things God’s way, through a SHOW and TELL model.
Best Practise Commercial Farm Model:
Small scale farmers need to see the execution and practical implementation of what you teaching. We therefor are establishing a 160ha commercial agricultural production enterprise in Masaka under pivot irrigation at Lake Birinzi, Masaka, Uganda. We utilize a crop rotation system, under pivot irrigation through biological farming methods to achieve quality crop production. The farm provides the needed infrastructure, and market penetration to assist the small holding farmer (out-grower) in Uganda.
Preferred Potato Seed Supplier:
Our farm in Masaka is ideally situated, and isolated from the central area in Uganda where potatoes are grown so that we can reproduce quality seed in quarantine. Small-scale farmers cannot afford or obtain quality seed and recycle the same seed over and over, leading to poorer and poorer crop yields.
We have nursery experience, and hence experiment with various seedlings, and plantings. Wild Coffee, and Chillies.
Irish Potatoes (Potatoes) are mainly sold in bulk in the East African local market, with no form of formal packaging.
Packaging & Standardisation:
We will sell our products in various packaging formats ranging from 5kg – 10kg bags. Thus making our product much more desirable to the local household buyer.
Economy of Scale:
Namakwaland Farms believe in achieving scale through Out-Growers and training instead of just being another large scale commercial farm.
We have been in the export market of Citrus for almost 2 decades, and thus understand the food-safety regulations and protocols very well. Thus our vision to establish this farm as a primary export enterprise in Uganda. We therefore see ourselves as bridge-builders for local out-growers to benefit of higher income sources.
Namakwaland Plase/Farms provides a vehicle for the local farmer in Uganda, to penetrate local fresh food markets.
We hope to establish our “Namakwaland” brand as the brand of choice in Uganda for fresh produce. The retail market in Uganda is widespread: Supermarkets, hypermarkets as well as the small retailer, and the street vendor. Our marketing strategy is focused specifically on these various markets ensuring that we become a producer of choice to these retailers, through consistency, quality, desirability, convenience and ethical business practice.
The Small-hold farmer is the backbone of Agriculture in Africa. Many African landowners have become discouraged
because of the many overwhelming challenges they face each year: Global warming resulting droughts and flooding, diseases and pests, no capital, poor seed, lack of knowledge and isolation. Eventually, many of these people seek work in Urban centers and abandon their first love.
Foundations for Farming:
Although Foundations for Farming is an organisation, it mainly functions as a resource to teach improved and sustainable conservation agriculture methods to local farmers, based on biblical principles. John Mugisha has implemented the model on a 2 acre adjacent plot on the farm, to showcase the improved results, and now recruiting and training individual farmers to implement under his supervision.
First use local staff:
Our policy is to source our labour from the Local Community First, building a good relationship with the local Chief, and Birinzi Leaders. We also partner with Foundations for Cross-cultural Education, to empower the local community to raise themselves out of their precarious circumstances.
We are partnering and supporting a local NGO Childcare, an organisation founded in 2000 by Ruth and Carsten Jespersen to take care of the needs and necessities of children. We also support a young energetic Teacher and now School Master Agnes Nikiza, of “Lovely Agnes NUR & primary School, in Kyabadaaza, Butambala District of about 600 children.
“Reform the church to reform the land”
We believe the church is a vital partner with National Government to bring positive
community transformation to a nation. Our work in a nation is primary through bringing reformation in mindsets, values, traditions, and the hearts of the church towards a Christ-centered theology and practice. We are currently busy establishing a Miracle Bible College and Training Centre in Masaka, Uganda focussed on:
- Spiritual and Religious Studies – Miracle Bible College
- Small Holding Farmer training – Foundations for Farming
- Business Ethics & Professionalism – Work4aLiving
- Mentoring to existing commercial farmers – Knowledge Transfer
- We will also provide this training by request for local churches by training their trainers, so that they can have their own Bible School & Training Center onsite.
We strive to limit the use of pesticides, maintain marketing standards and quality specifications
- Provide authentic labeling and packaging
- Attain optimum plant & tree Health
- Limit Contaminants to achieve highest nutritional value
- Provide necessary Certification required by specific retail outlets
- Lower the fossil fuel usages by obtaining Electricity from Wind Power Sources.