Youth trained on multiple uses of cow dung by Nabweteme Maria

Below is a story told to Nabweteme Maria by Onyawon Paul, about a training he attended at
Kampiringisa in Mpigi district, on how climate change can affect farming. Onyawon is the chairperson of Christian Youth Missionary Group Kinawataka
In 2017, I saw an advert by the Uganda National Youth Farmers Association (UNYFA), calling upon young farmers, aged 18 to 35 years, to participate in the Youth Inspiring Youth in Agriculture competition
organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. The application was done online. For those who were not able to make online applications, printed forms were availed to them through the district agricultural officers.
Due to the outbreak of the pandemic, the selection process delayed a bit, but we did not give up.
The D-day Early this year, I woke up to amazing news on my email notifying me of how we had emerged as youth champions for Kampala, in the second position, out of a total of 135 youths, with a score of 92% from the validation exercise. My team and I were so thrilled on getting the news. We were invited for a seven-day residential training, from May 16 to 22 at the Agricultural Leadership Center in Kampiringisa, Mpigi district. This place was established in 2016 by the government, in partnership with the government of South Korea as a centre for mindset change and also to inspire young farmers to look at farming as an income-generating activity.
What was learnt during the training?
We learnt a number of things on agriculture, such as value addition, marketing, policies and farm
succession, among others. However, my major take was on a field visit to the offices of the National
Agricultural Research Organisation, where we were shown how cow dung is being used to make biogas and the liquid cow dung being used to make liquid soap and cooking gas. The gas is sold at sh50,000 for a 13kg cylinder, which ordinarily costs about sh120,000. If we use cow dung waste to make gas, instead of using the liquefied petroleum gas, we would be saving the environment from climate change-related issues.

By Nabweteme Maria

Community Journalist