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Our report about ‘Environmental protection through expanding lemon grass growing and education in Uganda’ was implemented in the last fiscal year, 2017.
This time, we will report about the final activity in 2017 “Activity 3_Supporting communities of women and youth farmers for accelerated uptake of lemon grass production for environmental protection”.
|Monitoring a lemon grass farmer by SORAK|
In activity 3, we conducted a procure of supplying lemon grass planting tufts to 200 individual farmers targeting women and youth who trained in lemon grass growing and environmental protection in activity 1.
We also carried out monthly monitoring (through visiting) to those farmers aiming at giving them advice and information as well as exchange different ideas.
As a result, high quality- lemon grass has been expanded which helped to prevent soil erosion hence contributing to environmental protection.
Supplying of lemon grass planting tufts
More so, SORAK, our partner NGO in Uganda, bought harvested lemon grass from farmers and delivered them to SORAK’s distilling plant to produce lemon grass essential oils.
|Delivery of harvested lemon grass|
|Producing lemon grass essential oil at distiller|
Furthermore, the lemon grass (spent grass) was supplied to banana farmers. The spent grass helps them on weed and soil fertility management as a result of decomposition into organic matter such that there is high yield of high quality bananas. Such an efficient recycle!
|The banana gardens|
Their challenges are poor accessing of these banana gardens during heavy rains due to impassable road conditions. Another one is manual labor of the distillation process really requires much time hence causing delays. Therefore, the distillation plant or factory needs to be electrified so that it can help to reduce on the cost of distillation and number of hours it takes to produce the lemon grass.
- All the 200 individuals were procured and supplied with lemon grass planting activities.
- The monthly monitoring visits have led to production of high quality lemon grass which has led to increased yields of essential oils.
- Increased banana yields from increased use of lemon spent grass. Here the grass is used as mulch which later decomposes into manure.
“The monitoring visits have enabled me produce high quality lemon grass as a result of interaction with the SORAK monitoring team”
demonstrated by Mr. Gaad our lemon grass growing farmer.
This is the final report of 2017, fiscal report in 2017.
You can find the details of the reports below,
We will proceed with this project through 2018!
*This project is supported by Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration (JFGE) and by Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency (ERCA)
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