- The group has so far made a profit of Shs 5 million from the sale of the tomatoes and few groups are succeeding in NUSAF III projects
- Most traders depend on tomatoes from Kampala where they later sell expensively to customers
- The group now wants to expand their acreage of gardens and production through acquisition of irrigation equipment
By Metedio Iceta
Moyo-Farmer group members of Paloburi Tomato growers in Metu Sub County in Moyo district benefiting from livelihood project under NUSAF III Programme have seen the fruit of their hardworking through minds set change in growing tomato for Commercial purpose.
Fred Waigo, the Chairman Community Project Management Committee (CPMC) said: “We are now growing tomatoes near Atre stream and this water body doesn’t dry-up even during prolong drought and we are earning a lot from this project,” Waigo said.
The proximity of Atre stream is an advantage to the group as the group use it for irrigation especially during dry seasons. He added that after selling the produce it is helping them to respond to their basic needs which include paying of school fees for their children.
“It is helping us since we started selling tomatoes to our customers in Moyo town. This has helped us in school fees, food, medicine and many others,” he said.
Waigo said the group has plans of expanding the size of the garden from 3 acres to 10 acres. “We have big plans of expanding the size of this tomato field as you can see some of this area is vast. We are hopeful to continue with this project and there is no need to go to Kampala to buy tomatoes for our people here yet the land is available so it is just a matter of minds set change you will get what you want,” he said.
Joyce Alaru, the treasure for the group told daily monitor that before the project came they formed saving group and weekly each member contribute Shs 3000. “We started contributing this amount per person and it helped us to open an account with Stanbic bank Moyo branch. We are committed in expanding this project to the next level and we want to be the leading tomato growers in the district,” Alaru said.
She added that apart from the group the individual also have their own tomato fields after receiving training from the group. ”Each one is tasked to take the skills from the group to his or her home and put into practice. This is not the only tomato gardens as you can see around but we also have for individuals at our homes,” She said.
Geoffrey Vuciri, the NUSAF III desk officer Moyo said that that the group is benefiting from Shs 17 Million. “This group received 17 million shillings out of this only Shs 6 million has been used to achieve this result of amount to Shs 20 million as expected. The NUSAF III fund in the group account shall be used for procurement of irrigation equipment to support them during dry season,” Vuciri said.