C&A Farms – Feeding Nations
Serving as a source of encouragement and training for the ministry youths that want to venture into entrepreneurship which will help to solve the unemployment problems in our ministry and enable them to earn a better living.
Current Status at the Farm
Currently we have two major projects running at the farm, including greenhouse production where we are mainly doing sweet pepper and piggery production.
In piggery production we have a total of 51 animals, combining piglets with the mature ones. Among the mature ones, we have 12 expecting mothers and within a space of 3 months from now we shall have newborn piglets and will double the number of animals we have at the farm currently.
Empowering Church Leaders and the Ministry
C and A farms aims at serving as a source of encouragement and training for the ministry youths, church leaders and the community. The goal is to impact on the lives and transformation of members within our ministry and the community financially since most need an income generating enterprise to help them stand a better position in serving and supporting their life demands.
At C and A farm, we have put up a plan to support all our ministry leaders through giving them a start-up package and this will be done after a farm training course which will take them 4 weeks.
The startup package and capital will be in form of piglets which will be given to each ministry leader. Each leader will be given 3 piglets including 2 sows and 1 boar. By doing this, we shall help them monitor and advise them accordingly until they will be able to take off. Within this time, the church leaders will be facilitated with medical assistance and guidance for two months. We strongly believe that in just half a year, the piglets will be ready for serving and this will guarantee them with fast multiplication.
In one year, we believe that every church minister and leader will have over 30 pigs in number on their farms and this is enough to support them and their families.
This will also deliver them from financial burdens, create an income generating enterprise, create employment opportunities and make their ministry work easier since their livelihoods not only change but also change the community’s perception towards ministry work.
Thorough research has been conducted and analyzed. We have been able to pay farm visits to maggot rearing farms and are intending to make more visits and enroll for training since we have discovered the potential in maggot rearing to play a big role in substituting the nutrient concentrate we have been relying on which is so expensive.
With maggot rearing and feeding it to our animals we shall cut down the costs by 40% which will be a game changer in our project. Most of the protein ingredients such as fish meal are being imported which are locally available alternatives like soya beans and groundnut also serve as food for humans and this creates sacristy on the market and not reliable.
We are planning to set up a maggot rearing unit on the farm very soon and this will kick start our journey in reducing the cost of feeding the animals by 40%.
A fully set up maggot rearing unit will cost us 2000 US dollars and that’s roughly 7 million shillings.
Planting Corn and Soya Beans
In the attempt of cutting down the cost of feeding animals on the farm, we have laid a master plan of starting to cultivate our own maize and soya beans since these are the major ingredients in animal feeds.
Prices for corn are increasing every other season since there is competition with human food and this keeps the feeding costs up thus straining our farm budgets.
We are intending to plant corn and soya beans on our land in Mabira and preparations for the next season have already been planned.
We have a capacity to produce corn and soya which can take us 8 months on the farm without buying it. Our projection is planting 10 acres of corn and soya beans combined. This will also be an additional game changer in cutting down the costs of feeding by almost 25%. Our projected budget for this project is 5 million shillings.
Short Courses at the Farm
One of our goals is to empower church leaders within our ministry so that they can be able to sustain their personal needs after church. Through this we have established a system which will take them sometime at the farm learning different animal production practices. In this way, the beneficiaries will be able to be in a secure position.
Satisfaction of the biological needs leads to the second requirement, that of security in the position of good employment. People at this level are constantly seeking reassurance about their job, are very conservative, do not take risks and motivation can be very poor. It is in this group that education and training can have the greatest impact and allow development into the next levels of needs.