Ms. Prosy Nkabi, is one of those people you would say can make pigs fly; a statement to mean she can do the impossible.
This is an observation you make right from her home garden, which is rich in variety yet located in a very small, enclosed compound at her home in Bulamu Gayaza, Wakiso district.
Initially, Nkabi used to spray her plants with chemicals that were bought from the market. These she says left a negative impact on her health. She also narrates that the chemicals used top stick on her crops for so long to the extent of reaching harvesting time while they’re still evident which was harmful to her health
Through Parents Empowering Children & Youth Uganda (PECYU), an organization she belongs to, Nkabi was invited for a training by her friend and multiplier Mr. Kayemba Mathias who was under Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in Eastern Africa (KHEA) project through PELUM Uganda.
She had always heard about organic farming but never really understood the concept in its entirety thus this training provided a perfect opportunity for her to learn.
“I was interested in knowing what organic plants were, what requirements one needed to practice organic farming, and its importance,” Nkabi said.
This has however changed following a training she recently undertook early 2022 organized by PELUM Uganda aimed at training farmers to make organic fertilizers. Nkabi is now able to set up her small home vegetable garden that consists of green paper, sweet pepper, dodo, Sukuma-wiki, eggplants, bitter berries, rears chicken and many other things.
This has inspired her neighbours to admire her freshly green-looking garden, and now come seek advice from her, and occasionally buy from her these vegetables.
Her worries of consuming toxic chemicals are no more following the introduction of organic farming.
“I can eat a raw tomato from my garden, all I need it to wash it a little and much it straight away with no fear of toxic chemicals,” says Nkabi.
Nkabi is ecstatic about the network she has acquired through agro-ecology but finds the preparation for organic products quite tedious and says a lot of Ugandans still don’t understand the value of organic food hence making it difficult to find market for their crops over the inorganic crops
Success story collection – done by Ezra Kalule – KHEA Project Officer – PELUM Uganda,
Edited, reviewed&uploaded by Magino Pamella-KHEA Communications Officer-PELUM Uganda and Biovision Africa Trust Kenya