Tom Rackoko and two of his friends, Shadad Mugabi and Tumwesige Solomon from the Veterinary University in Uganda, graduated from the Agrostudies internship last fall and have been making incredible headway as agriculturalists and businessmen since then.
Together, they pooled their resources and skills and renovated an old warehouse, transforming it into a modern henhouse.
They bought a batch of chicks and raised them over a period of 5 weeks, giving them 4 rounds of vaccinations, including IB and Newcastle Disease and monitoring their growth and well-being. At almost five weeks they sold the broiler hens and bought another batch.
Today they are on their third batch with 1500 chicks, not a small number, but small compared to what they saw in Israel, according to Tom Rackoko.
So, why did you choose to poultry, I asked him.
“Poultry is a good enterprise in Uganda. Broilers can earn about 9000-10000/per bird at the end of just five weeks. If you have a good number of them you can run a good business. Also, I majored in animal production technology at the University and my friends and I wanted to work together for some time. Agrostudies gave us that opportunity.”
What would you say was the biggest contribution to your professional career from your year in Israel , I asked. “The business aspect of approaching agriculture, especially Agriculture economics, cash flow, business planning. These were very helpful.
Also, it built our confidence, because we were exposed to Israel’s success stories. We realized there how unlimited the potential really can be.”
If this is what they’ve achieved in just a few months, then I believe them, that their potential really is infinite.
Good luck guys!