Busongora Joint Farmers Association is a coffee-growing, community-based organisation composed of farmers from communities neighbouring the Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Kasese District.
In the organisation, we have 516 coffee farmers. Our dream has always been to produce the best coffee in the district. [Project implementer] WWF has provided funding to support our efforts in improving our coffee yield quality and quantity and also diversify our product. Through this support we have learned good agricultural practices such as digging trenches, planting shade trees, mulching which have dramatically reduced runoffs in the gardens that were affected by soil erosion and many of our members who have adopted these practices expect better yields in the coming seasons.
We are currently setting up a demonstration garden to teach other members of the community the same. We have also established a coffee nursery bed from which we will supply our members with seedlings and also get incomes from the sales. Several families have also set up small vegetable gardens for their families to improve nutrition.
A visit to Mount Elgon was organised by WWF for us to learn about good agricultural practices. We learnt about value addition and how to diversify into tourism in order to increase revenues. We currently can provide a coffee experience to a client with our coffee from roasting to a cup of coffee on site. This has been a major boost in our work so far.
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