The winners of the 2018 Best Farmers Competition have so far toured a number of establishments, including the Dutch Royal De Heus and Attro Trading B.V.
BEST FARMERS TRIP TO NETHERLANDS
The winners of the 2018 Best Farmers Competition are in The Netherlands for a study tour. They flew out of Uganda on Sunday.
So far, the group has visited the Dutch Royal De Heus, a livestock feeds processing plant whose product is also sold in Uganda under Koudijs outlets. The plant produces feeds for poultry, pigs, turkey, fish, cattle and horses, among others.
In Uganda, Koudjis is represented by Kaffi ka Feeds and Chick Ways Farm Supply. Koudjis is also one of the sponsors of the Best Farmers competition, with dfcu Bank, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Vision Group being the other sponsors.
The 12 farmers, on Tuesday (second day), also toured the feeds testing laboratory at Leeuwenhoeckweg and, later, the processing factory at Ravenstein, where they got a brief on the process through which good feeds are determined.
In the evening, the farmers visited a dairy farm that uses Koudjis products in the south of the Netherlands. The farmers learned about the opportunities offered by Koudjis in providing raw materials, including Soya and other cereals.
They have visited Attro Trading B.V
At Attro B.V., the Ugandan farmers were impressed by the milking machines. They later toured a pig farm in Ons Boerenerf.
Meal time for the visiting group.
The farmers are Betty Mbaziira, Patrick Ssekimpi, Deo Mugisa, Shamim Napakol Osekeny, Moses Kiptala, Vincent Ojok, Faridah Lutale, David Wamai, Clive Ruhombe, Julius Bataamye, Aloysious Lubega and Abel Kiddu.
Mbaziira from Isingiro district became the first woman to win the annual competition since it started five years ago.
The mushroom team are using this Mercedes Benz. Mushrooms are widely grown in The Netherlands. The Ugandan team is led by Abel Kiddu.
The team discussing pig tagging using modern equipment. Back home, farmers Julius Bataamye and Aloysious Lubega rear thousands of pigs.
Below are the pig tags. Lubega has bought three boxes of the tags.
There are 10,000 pigs on this pig farm that sits on 2.8 hectares. Weaning is done at 28 days at 1kg. In Uganda, pigs are weaned at two months weighing 8kg. The visiting group are seen below checking out the feeding system of the pig farm.