Sunday, October 2, 2011

Produce Neem Oil at home and Earn an Extra Income from doing it

Neem tree branch - mwarubaini (from danmarios)


Neem trees survive for a period of 100 – 200 years and grow up to 30 metres high. They start producing fruit after a few years but they are fully productive after 10 years.

In swahili, the Neem tree is known as “mwarubaini” which means 40. This tree is named so because it is known to cure over 40 different diseases.

Neem fruits are food for bats and birds. They eat the sweet flesh and spit the kernels out.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Uganda needs more Cereal banks to curb effects of acute food shortage

Women farmers in Kenya at their cereal bank (ips.org)
Most farmers in Uganda annually face this scenario. During the rainy periods, there is plenty of food: beans, maize, bananas, pineapples and most farmers are forced to sell it at low prices because of an abundant supply of fresh produce in the market with low demand.

During the lean periods, the opposite is true, scarce food supplies prompting a high demand from the market. The high market demand comes along with a big increase in prices for food items which often catches the local farmers without anything to sell or instead having to buy food at these high prices to feed their own families!

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