New Year Resolution 6: Specialise your enterprises
What is your farm known for? “A typical Ugandan farmer grows everything, but ends up being a master of none,” Josephat Byaruhanga, a professional agriculturalist and Uganda’s Best Farmers competition judge observes.
The Best Farmers competition is organised by Vision Group and sponsored by the embassy of the Netherlands, dfcu Bank,KLM Airlins and Koudjis Nutrition BV.
A farm of five acres can have as many as 30 enterprises. However, this is wrong. In developed farming communities, no farmer does more than two enterprises.
“Yes, a farmer can have the other smaller enterprises for food security, but they must have at least two they consider the cash-cows,” Byaruhanga advises.
Specialisation also helps a farmer access better markets.
“If a buyer wants broilers, you must be the first reference for that product. You must be known for what you produce,” he says.
Select two of your highest earning enterprises and concentrate on those ones. Find ways of improving them to increase yields and let your farm be known for them.