MAMIDECOT AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT
The Agricultural Department is fully run by the Agriculture Officer, who is entitled to give scientific Agricultural advisory services to its member farmers, facilitating farmer group formation, linking Mamidecot to ongoing government agricultural projects, ensuring environmental protection in Mamidecot`s catchment areas, appraising farmer clients for suitability of getting loans, advising the board on the most appropriate areas of investment at a given point in time.
The Agriculture Officer is currently running a Climate Smart Agriculture project 2015 – 2016, being funded by Rabo Bank foundation Share4More. Climate change is the most rapidly growing world concern with hidden and grave consequences for the livelihoods of our people today. Yet it is also the least understood, funded and attended to by government and non-governmental organization at all levels of Ugandan society.
It is increasingly becoming apparent that the effects of climate change are beginning to be observed in the East and Greater horn of Africa. Uganda – once called the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill – is no exception. Droughts, floods and deaths as a result will become more common. As the climate change problem aggravates, global, national and regional efforts are being made to avert this looming hidden heat. But it is also true that these efforts are often a low priority, poorly coordinated, or are even not known in countries like Uganda.
The Climate Smart Agriculture project will integrate simultaneously three intertwined principles;
1. Ensuring food security through increased productivity and income for our farmer clients.
2. Improving resilience of farming communities to adapt to climate change and its adverse effects.
3. Contributing to climate change mitigation strategies.
Under the Agriculture sector, emphasis is put on improving land management, through controlling soil erosion and protecting the soil by planting trees, therefore , the department has set up a tree nursery for 150,000 tree seedling multiplication of the following species, namely; African mahogany, Exotic Muvule, Musizi and Eucalyptus. Implementation of agro-forestry activities is considered key in reducing green house gases like carbondioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in the greater Masaka region where Mamidecot operates.
Under the water sector, the project is targeting to expand the water – use and irrigation efficiency. Therefore, loans for acquisition of irrigation pumps and technologies are now provided by the institution. This is aimed to allow members to carry out crop production throughout the year without depending on natural rainfall.
Under the energy sector, the project is emphasizing energy efficiency, use of renewable resources and reduced dependence on single sources of energy. Therefore, the institution is giving out Eco-stove loan products to enhance the ECO-STOVES technology. This particular technology use renewable energy from the sun and helps in environment and natural biodiversity conservation.
ECO HOME SOLUTIONS USING THE ECO-STOVE SYSTEM
1. It COOKS using re-usable stones for 2 years
2. It IRONS
3. IT PLAYS RADIO
4. IT LIGHTS THE HOUSE
5. IT CHARGES MOBILE PHONES
Post-harvest and Agro-processing of produce: Against the backdrop that our farmers make losses during and after harvests, it is pertinent that there is an intervention to reduce or prevent this. This is the aim of the current project on stopping such losses, which occur at various stages from harvesting through storage and milling, with a focus on coffee, maize, beans, passion fruits, pepper, pineapples value chains. We are partnering with Ssesakawa Global 2000 to implement large scale efforts to reduce post harvest losses at household level and increase market access for grains in greater Masaka districts, through providing our farmer clients with post harvest machinery and equipment.