Tugu Mushroom Farm
Explain your idea in details:
Responding to the challenges of poverty, food insecurity and climate change in Uganda has been the main focus of development organisations since 2015. In northern Uganda most people are mainly involved in subsistence practices which coupled with their pressing social needs has resulted in most of them living below the poverty line. This has surely left a footmark on the lives of many in this area. Climate change adaptability has been sited as one of the forerunners in reducing the effect of this trend. Mushroom production which is a worldwide multi billion industry is still a cottage industry in Africa and yet it could be a practical low cost solution in promoting sustainable transformation from Subsistence to a commercial farming in the rural areas. Today cereal based crop wastes can be used reliably for this sole purpose in an innovative diversified technique of production of mushrooms. It still remains to be one of the most sidelined agribusiness in Uganda with very few people taking up this enterprising business as a private endeavor. However even for those involved, they are not effective enough in causing disruptive innovation that includes the society as partners. When will this industry probably come to life in Uganda? And what will the future be? Therefore Tugu Mushroom Farm aims at using a social-partnership model in order to bring about a harmonized change. It will offer an alternative solution that can be executed practically without affecting the financial wellbeing of those involved (the local farmers). Objectives Create opportunities for farmers to diversify and gain additional income. Make mushroom growing a household project and as simple as possible for easy adoption by many. Provide reliable supplies of low cost,nutritious and readily available food. Inspire the rural people and guide them so they can learn and make change possible.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
For both the short and long term impact, the project will attempt to offer another option to farmers mainly in rural areas, however women and youth who face a lot of difficulties will be our prime targets in this project model. Social If executed as planned, this project will form one of the pillars in helping transform from subsistence to commercial agriculture since it will cover both the nutritive well being and financial bit of the farmers welfare while minimising shocks caused by crop failures. The locals are going to earn some level of finance from doing business with the farm. This project will offer employment opportunity and create more jobs for the rural youth who have no other source of income. Also through hiring local workers and helping them develop whatever potential they have is another exciting part. Economical This sector of the economic expects to be profitable by the end of 2040, and help boost the economy. Environmental By using the crop wastes for alternative purposes, this will help reduce the CO2 emissions from burning these wastes. Business progress will be measured at three different levels:-Incubation, Scale up and Expansion stages.Among such indicators to evaluate the progress are; The participation of the locals through the different employment opportunities which will have been made available to them by then. Affordable access to resources required for production of mushrooms and starting several businesses for these farmers in this sector. More farmers growing the mushrooms on their own and the availability of mushrooms on the market. By weighing the profitability if these business to those around through revenue and net profits attained. At full operation, we shall value the SDGs set forth as our means of evaluating the progress of the business.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
By integrating this innovative waste management techniques with food production, this model will offer a practical solution in implementing alow cost transformation strategy towards a more commercial market driven farming without altering their financial needs and those of their households. Financing initially will be from personal savings, family members and friends who wish to be partners in this business. Project Costs (Fixed and Working Capital) The revenue capital investment requirements is estimated at 3,790 USD. Direct Materials, Supplies and cost per year is estimated at 37,568 USD. Tools such as the Business Model Canvas will be incorporated as a means by which to manage growth and development. This project will be implemented systematically by; Carryout out detailed market study; gather a Lot of Information and train our staff during incubation period, determine a good location to use; purchase equipments required, establish a management system structure; development of a production flow structure and other quality assurance related system; advertise the business. Customer segmentation People in the neighborhood, food restaurants, Local market, Retail outlets,Super markets Value proposition Provide reliable supplies of low cost,nutritious and readily available food. Creating an opportunity for farmers to diversify their crop yields and gain additional income. Make mushroom growing a household project and as simple as possible for easy adoption by many. Channels Costless methods such as: church announcements and other community events will be used initially, Social media marketing. Customer relationship Customer care & Deliveries, direct contact with customers, friends & neighbours Revenue stream Fresh, dried mushrooms, powdered and preserved; Ready-to-harvest pack Key resources Mushroom house, spawn/seeds, Maize brand, Cotton waste & straws, Timber Waste, Polythene leaves. Key activities Mushroom Production, Training, Marketing & Consultation Key partners MTRC (Mushroom Training & Resource Centre), Local Farmers, Makerere University college of Agriculture
I am Deogracius Ayile (26 years) a citizen of Uganda, recently graduated from Kyambogo University in the capital Kampala.Back in 2014 I was part of an entrepreneurship workshop that awoke the entrepreneur in me through the leadership and management based course content.Among some of my endeavours currently am an active member of Yali Network and a country committee member of YPARD.I consider myself as a passionate and ambitious individual who always wants to stand out of the rest of the crowd to make a difference for all. I believe that one can be able to do good for the society and still be able to make money, which is my simple definition of Social entrepreneur.If their is any book that has had tremendous effect on me then Strive Masiyiwa's book( HOW TO BUILD A MULTI BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS IN AFRICA FROM SCRATCH) has given me the desire & hope to help solve this social phenomenon. My goal in 5 to 10 years, is to see mushrooms produced in northern Uganda in a large scale.I envisions a future in which the youth can be able to earn even outside of the normal formal white collar employment.