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In 2003 the Government of Uganda deeded to Arise Africa International 2,500 acres of land at Bukaleba, in Mayuge District. The development of this land is envisioned to provide tremendous benefit to the surrounding community, Mayuge District and other neighboring districts and as well enabling the ministry of Arise Africa to be self-supportive.In partnership with Engineering Ministries International (EMI) in 2004, Arise Africa International developed Bukaleba Project site master plan with the plan of establishing Arise Africa Ministry's headquarters on the project.

The following report outlines the progress made by the Arise Africa International from 2003-2007 in the development of Bukaleba project

Arise Africa International plan was and is to develop agriculture program on Bukaleba land for the purpose of sustaining Bukaleba project and Arise Africa ministry.At the beginning the ministry was frustrated by the presence of 150 farmers who were working the land. Instead of Arise Africa chasing the farmers off the land, the ministry developed a new approach of capacity building the farmers to be able to be productive using modern agricultural technologies. This has become appropriate as it has helped improve the income and life style of the farmers achieving the ministries aim.


In 2003 the Government of Uganda deeded to Arise Africa International 2,500 acres of land at Bukaleba, in Mayuge District. The development of this land is envisioned to provide tremendous benefit to the surrounding community, Mayuge District and other neighboring districts and as well enabling the ministry of Arise Africa to be self-supportive.


In partnership with Engineering Ministries International (EMI) in 2004, Arise Africa International developed Bukaleba Project site master plan with the plan of establishing Arise Africa Ministry's headquarters on the project.

The following report outlines the progress made by the Arise Africa International from 2003-2007 in the development of Bukaleba project

Arise Africa International plan was and is to develop agriculture program on Bukaleba land for the purpose of sustaining Bukaleba project and Arise Africa ministry.


At the beginning the ministry was frustrated by the presence of 150 farmers who were working the land. Instead of Arise Africa chasing the farmers off the land, the ministry developed a new approach of capacity building the farmers to be able to be productive using modern agricultural technologies. This has become appropriate as it has helped improve the income and life style of the farmers achieving the ministries aim.


Pastor Godfrey Wanamitsa, Director Arise Africa International in a tree nursery at Bukaleba


Local farmers to participate in profitable agricultural activity within the Bukaleba acreage.

Farmers were trained in the following agricultural technologies:


1) Planting on time in a well cleared, tilled land with the first rains.


2) Planting the crop variety best suitable for the farming conditions.


3) Planting only improved quality seeds.

4) Optimizing yield with the correct plant population.

5) Applying basal fertilizers at planting.

6) Protecting crops from weeds until the crop is well established.


7) Scouting regularly and applying recommended pesticides in time for complete crop protection.


8) Timely application of top dressing to promote high yield.
Harvesting early to protect crops against insect damage, theft, and desiccation of crops.


9) Keeping accurate records for future evaluation and planning.


10) Practicing sustainable agriculture approach.

The results.
Before this program began most farmer's seasonal yield was six 100kilograms bags of maize per ac
Pastor Godfrey and Pastor Nelson Manager Bukaleba in the sugarcane plantation


The farmer's program was expanded to include 300 farmers from the surrounding communities.

Farming equipment including a tractor, trailer and plow were purchased worth over Shs 38, 000,000 million.

Future Plans

The ministry short term plan is to help market the farmers produce and as well process the produce for added value.

To achieve the above the ministry has began helping the farmers to access better markets for their produce and as well purchased a grinding maching


to begin producing and packing, maize flour, children feeds and animal feeds.
Livestock:


Goats Project.
Arise Africa International Bukaleba goat project has a total of 380 goats.The ministry is improving the quality by crossing with Galla goats from Kenya.The ministry plan is to increase the project to 1, 000 goats.The purpose of the goat project is to help sustain the project once its finished as well as give to the poor and needy families to improve their income and nutritional needs.

(Of importance to note is that Arise Africa Galla goat project is the only successfull one in Uganda so far)


Cows Project
Arise Africa International Cows project has began with 21 cows and we hope to increase this to 200 local cows for the purpose of tick harvesting to able to introduce better breeds.


Site Development
In partnership with mission link international USA, Engineering Ministries International USA, Rick Via ministries USA , Arise Africa produced a master plan for the entire project and as well produced full construction documents for the first phase of the medical center at Bukaleba,within the overall master plan, Arise Africa has embarked on putting in place infrastructure which includes. (This year 2008, a plan has been launched for the construction of a 1000 capacity children's home).

Water supply
Construction was initiated with an 18,000 liter cistern and pump house at Bukaleba Bumbudhi spring
Above is cistern construction work at Bukaleba bumbudhi spring.
Road
Road construction was initiated on new road systems within the site. Today Bukaleba Project is accessible by road.

Block yard
A block yard shelter and yard were constructed for block-making with compressed earth block (C.E.B.) technology in conjunction with an Aurum 3000 block-making machine worth $3,500 donated to the ministry.The block making machine has proved very effective in producing high quality bricks. In partnership with Feeding Link International, a building was constructed for milling, packaging, and storage of grains at a cost of over Shs10,000,000 million.


Training Center:
Renovations were initiated to an existing structure for use as a training center. The training center is planned for use with existing and proposed Arise Africa ministry programs such as: Agricultural training, Pastor's training,Vocational training, Women's training (C.C.H.D.), Farmers training.

Ministry challenge
To continue with the project development within the master plan

Objectives.
To expand and develop programs by ministering to the surrounding community and Arise Africa's network of churches and communities throughout Uganda in conjunction with planned facilities at Bukaleba.

The Bukaleba Project will continue in its objectives towards supporting and empowering the surrounding community, as well as Arise Africa and its many ministries and programs throughout Uganda.



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