Category: Agricultural Projects

Harvest time…
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Harvest time…

We were delighted to hear from the Agriculture team at the beginning of October. The groups and pastors’ vegetable projects are all doing well. All are in the harvest stage and some have transplanted new seedlings. We have also been able to procure and deliver few equipment to support the clinic garden work. These include;...

Fruit Tree Systems of Production
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Fruit Tree Systems of Production

Group gardens The fruit trees distributed during the last two seasons have been planted around the vegetable gardens using sustainable agro-forestry practices. The diagram below gives an impression of the ideal production system we advise for our group members. This shows part of a vegetable garden with a boundary planted live fence of intercropped pineapple...

Long term benefits of an agriculture scheme with refugees
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Long term benefits of an agriculture scheme with refugees

Education & Training The agriculture program of CRESS is mainly based on training, supplemented by a few key items of materials and equipment such as vegetable seed, tools, water containers and sprayers. Our training focuses on sustainable organic techniques for growing vegetables and now training in the planting, establishment and maintenance of fruit trees. Training...

CRESS Grows ‘MAIZE ON TREES’!?!
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CRESS Grows ‘MAIZE ON TREES’!?!

Oh yes – but how is this possible? This is because we have distributed Jackfruit seedlings to all our farmer groups for planting in their gardens. Last year the farmer members of our groups planted almost 2000 fruit tree seedlings and this year just over 2500 seedlings. To our original species mix of grafted mango,...

Clinic and Office Agriculture Projects
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Clinic and Office Agriculture Projects

The gardens at the Diocese of Liwolo office and the clinic in Arua offer the opportunity for them to become a little more self-sufficient, providing food and through the sale of their produce money and for them to practice the techniques they are sharing with the agriculture and savings groups and pastors. Poultry project at...

Agriculture groups
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Agriculture groups

Some lovely photos from the groups we thought we could share with you! Most agriculture groups have already transplanted their vegetables to the main beds although it has been very dry. Julius writes: A challenge we are experiencing is the inconsistency of rains in the area. Rains have not been sufficient enough. For the whole...

Pastors receive agriculture training
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Pastors receive agriculture training

After so many of us joined with the Chalke Valley Churches as they worshipped on Advent Sunday with the South Sudanese refugees in Impevi Refugee Settlement, CRESS wanted to find a way of helping the pastors of the DOL (Diocese of Liwolo) increase their food supply. Last year the World Food Programme which distributes food...

An intense round of agriculture refresher training
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An intense round of agriculture refresher training

The last month has seen the agriculture team and office manager engage in an intense round of refresher training. This consisted of three rounds of group training, each of three days duration. There were a total of 258 participants which constitute 80% of all current savings group members involved in vegetable production. Training messages focused...

Gardens at the DOL office, Arua and clinic, Mijale
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Gardens at the DOL office, Arua and clinic, Mijale

Part of the plan to make the projects of CRESS in Uganda more sustainable is to utilise the garden spaces around the office and clinic to produce food for the staff. Our monthly report from DOL share that: “We have planted more pineapple suckers in our office garden. 105 newly planted suckers and 26 planted earlier,...

Papayas are growing in Matu
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Papayas are growing in Matu

The Agriculture team visited two families in Matu who benefited from papaya fruit vegetables. These two members are Apollo Abe, a member who joined Hope Group 2 (Matu), to support the women agriculture group members. Two of his papayas are doing well and one has started giving fruits. It’s so amazing that within 4 months,...