Kulika Centre Namayumba Sub-County, Wakiso District, Central Southern Uganda Number of Beneficiaries: 40 and more since 2007 to date
Project goals: The overarching goal of the Kulika Centre is to move within 5 years towards becoming a self-financing and productive centre that includes support programs and outreach to local communities.
Capacity of the centre: The 41.5 acre Kulika Centre site has been split into three parts: a demonstration unit for training purposes, a production unit and a building compound. The demonstration unit provides trainee farmers with hands-on experience of growing crops and rearing livestock. The production unit produces and processes crops for the local market to generate income. The building compound includes: - two student accommodation blocks (for up to 80 people) - a dining room with capacity for 50 - a conference hall with capacity for 200. - outdoor space to accommodate open functions
Training courses offered at the Kulika Centre: Courses/services offered and coordinated by the Kulika Centre includes the following: • The Sustainable Organic Agriculture Training Program (SOATP) • The tutor training Program for agriculture extension and community development workers (TTP) • Training of Trainers (TOT) • Regional and national workshops for farmers and agriculture practitioners • Farmer-instigated workshops for farmers in their local communities • The Congregational Agricultural Development Program (CADeP) for the Catholic community in Uganda • Consultancies on SOA Training, appropriate technology, environmental management etc
Training includes topics such as: • the principles and practices of Sustainable Organic Agriculture • soil and water conservation • organic crop husbandry • organic livestock husbandry • foods and nutrition • marketing • gender analysis and family life education • farm management • farm power and appropriate technology • agro-forestry and environmental management • extension education and training Programs
Training eligibility: The SOATP training Program has been developed to meet the training needs of small-scale farmers faced with problems of poverty, environmental degradation, food insecurity, ignorance and disease, enabling them to take advantage of the opportunities now available in Uganda. The requirements to attend a training course are as follows:
1. A minimum qualification of S. 3 with the ability to read, write and communicate in English. Candidates with O’ level education and above will be at an added advantage. P.7 – S.2 leavers may be accepted after taking an “entrance” examination. 2. Practical farming experience of at least three years 3. Age 18 – 50 years. 4. Potential trainees should be active, respectable and responsible members of their communities. 5. Trainees should have access to an agricultural plot of land of at least one acre in order to be able to fully implement the agricultural skills learnt. 6. Trainees should be able to meet their own transport costs to and from the Kulika Centre for interviews, the orientation workshop and all residential training periods as stipulated above. 7. Trainees should be able and willing to pay a fee of Ush100,000/=, having been selected for the course. 8. Trainees must fully attend all residential and own-farm training sessions. 9. Trainees must abide by the training rules and regulations.
Successfully trained candidates will qualify as Key Farmer Trainers, who then use their own farms as demonstration/models of Sustainable Organic Agriculture in order to train other farmers.
Contacts /Links: KULIKA Uganda Community Development Department Office
Rotary International Projects at the Kulika Centre: Expansion of the Livestock Unit This project has supported the expansion of the Kulika school facilities for animal husbandry, as well as stocking the facilities. The school facilities are used for training rural farmers in animal husbandry and management techniques. The facilities include animal shelters, feed storage areas, waste management facilities and animal breeding Programs. The materials used to construct these shelters were locally sourced. This was done to show students how to plan their expansion at home and where to source the required materials. In addition, the support has provided feed, storage, feed blending facilities and some veterinarian services and supplies. The project duration is approximately 18 months. The centre has cows, goats, poultry and pigs. The manure from the animals is used to fertilize the crop gardens. In a long run, it is envisaged that the crops will produce better yield with the manure applied.
Water Resources In addition to the above, the Kulika Centre has drilled a permanent water source courtesy of Rotary Clubs. The water project focuses on using different techniques to teach rural farmers the value of water harvesting, especially in areas prone to long dry spells. The project has been completed and water is now being pumped and used at the Centre for cooking and cleaning purposes.