† Improving Nutritution with Aquaculture and Food Crop Diversity †

June 4, 2022 | Mzungu Wine

  Ugandans consume about 20kgs of fish, meats, eggs and dairy protein annually yet The World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 50kg of animal proteins and fats to prevent malnution, vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The most desired, nutritional and scalable source to fill this enormous dietary gap is using Aquaculture. Currently, only 300,000 metric tonnes of Lake Caught Fish is reaching the Uganda consumer market with about 200,000 metric tons produced by cage or tank fish farming.

  However, the Uganda market can easily absorb 1.5 million metric tonnes per year presenting the biggest Small and Medium Business (SMB) opportunities with the fastest growth potencial of all agricultural sub-sectors. Using the quickest growing and largest Nile Tilapia varieties and advanced feeds such as Black Soldier Fly Larvae Ugandan entrepeneurs and their workers could achieve the 1.5 million metric tonne number in a few short years greatly improving nutrition across the country, leading to export potential to our neighboring countries

  For the best nutrition and intake of micronutrients it is important to have a highly diverse diet in every dietary category, with a wide variety of vegetable greens, fruits, nuts, squashes, melons and beans. Grow and add herbs, spices, new sauces and dressings to normally bland food such as Matooke

  Cassava is not a good food, and Matooke not much better. Much healthier and tastier would be to use Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and other squashes to replace Matooke in rotation with pasta or rice as the 'staple' of the meals. Goat meat is the most eaten in the world and is high protein with enough healthy fat for great taste roasted or as soup

  Rural family goat herds often fail to grow because rural farmers often can't afford the full regime of vaccines, deworming and spraying for ticks required to keep goats healthy. While the local goats are naturally more disease resistant, they can take 2 years of feeding for females to have kids or to reach a good market weight for butchering. Breeding with larger Savanah or Boer Goats for a hybrid retains the disease resistance of the local varieties yet grows faster to a greater weight in less than a year and the Nannies will be ready to breed in less than a year from birth. 30 or so Nannies breeding with different large Billies each droping 2 kids every 9 months can get a family or village goat operation to a 100+ stable herd in about 2 years producing 240-300 goats per year for consumption or sale if managed well.

  In the above example: UGUSA looks at that potencial UGX 75 million revenue with 15m-25m profit potencial. If other factors of the farmers group or families we invest in look promising for success, UGUSA might invest UGX 20 million to help build spacious elevated pens and other infrastucture and get repaid in meat value at a discount or part of the profits for goats taken to market or sold off locally. These investment profit sharing deals will range from 2 to 7 years depending on the initial capital expenditure, the complexity and scale of the investment and profit potencial. UGUSA AGRO GROUP is an equity investment group partnering with small farm businesses to share in greatly increased productivity, profitablity with much lower labor burden and transport to market costs.