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Nyakiyumbu Women Association Buys Land for Peanut Farm - Affordable, and Safe from Elephants!

Posted: Fri, March 16, 2018 | By: Uganda



The land has been paid today Friday 16th/Feb/2018. It has been a very big struggle getting land since lands are very expensive. We tried to look for land which is a bit sizeable and a bit cheaper.

We thank you for the struggle you undergo there to see that our activities are empowered sir. Thank everyone for us.

We had got over three lands on sale and we delayed to pay because we were to take the best option basing on considerations of the site, the nature, and distance and where crops cannot be encroached by the wild animals and putting the best consideration to a place where peanuts can best grow.

The first land we got was just near the national park and was costing UGX 3,600,000 which is about USD1,023 but we feared encroachment of the elephants which normally destroy people’s plants by eating them. Another one was on the high land but costing Ugx 4,000,000 which is $1,137and had coffee in it but was at a distant.

The third and the forth were in plots and one of them was at shs.2,800,000 which is about $796 and the other was at shs.3,000,000 which is $853 all of them almost in the same range. But these were very small for making the farm.

Maathe called me yesterday telling me of the land that we have just bought today and when we went to see it and the owner, he charged it at shs.5,000,000 which is $1,421 and this land was much bigger than
all the ones we had tried. When we visited it, we found it was strategically located. We negotiated and we agreed at shs.4,500,000 which is about $1,279.

We sat down in a meeting and agreed that the money we had harvested from the Grasshopper trap and a little from fees collections should be toped up on the funding for this land after the bargaining process. This money had been planned for roofing the Brighter Brains Classroom. We decided to put all this money on the land by looking at how good this land is and it being almost in the heart of the rural town and near the main road for which the demand of this area is increasing day by day and we considered it to have been cheaper.

The local council office endorsement of the land agreement, witnesses token, transport of the women representatives and working on the sign post costed shs 156,000 which is about $45 making a total of shs.4,656,000 which is about $1,323

The land is a half an acre and near the main road (tarmac road) heading to Bwera town and below Katojo primary school in the growing up rural town of Katholu.

We all agreed to pay this land by looking at the future plans we can come up with for other benefits in a few years to come and looking at the rate of how people are constructing in this area.

In future we might plan other projects there. Neighboring it, there is another one however small but the owner who is the same man who has sold us this told us to buy it also at shs 2,000,000 which is about
$569 in total. The agreements for selling land here in Uganda are always written in the local languages.

We went to pay with a few women representing the rest and escorted by Maathe, one male teacher and one old man who is the Chairman of the PTA at the school.

We highly appreciate the good things you do to Nyakiyumbu.

I sincerely remain yours

Nyesi Muhindo



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