A very exciting development is the recent acquisition of 34 acres of land north of Kamuli and beside the River Nile, thanks to two generous donations. 600 orange seedlings have already been planted and there are existing coffee and banana plantings. The land will provide a wide variety of seedlings for the community projects and for sale to generate income, as well as demonstration timber plantations and fruit orchards. We are now raising funds to fence the land and, in time it will also become a demonstration farm for all agro-forestry, livestock and crop systems.
In May 2016 Steve Jones and his UK team ran a Permaculture workshop for the DFEFO team. The Nakyaka land was used for the study, surveyed and many ideas projected. Immediate priorities were identified including digging 5 swales across the land to retain water as it moves down to the river. The study revealed an urgent need for a tree nursery for timber: Musezi, Mavule. Eucalyptus, and medicinal and fruit trees.
Bamboo cultivation was a major interest during the course, thanks to the presence of bamboo specialist, and farmer/journalist Andrew Kalema Ndawula. We arranged a visit to his permaculture farm and bamboo nursery west of Kampala, and his small bamboo workshop in Kampala, and government bamboo nursery and workshop in Kampala 23 rd to 25 th July 2016. A follow-up course is planned in 2017