My name is Aucu Peter,a resident of Oringo Munu village in Agweng Sub County, Lira District. My wife’s name is Akello Evelyn. We have 3 children. I started farming in 1999.I have 12 acres of land. I grow maize, sunflower, soybean, rice, bananas and sim sim.I manage the farm with my wife. She is very supportive. In 2011, I joined Can mi diro farmers group. My wife also joined early last year. Our group is supported by VEDCO.
After receiving various training in enterprise selection from VEDCO’s Community based trainers, I chose sunflower as my lead crop. The training equipped me with skills and tools that helped me make sound business decisions. In the first season last year, I harvested 20 bags of sunflower which I sold at 1.5 million UGX. My second lead crop is maize which takes 5 acres of my farm.
Through income generated from my farm, i have been able to pay school fees for my two children who are currently in primary school. I have also constructed a permanent 3 bed roomed house for my family. I travel long distances looking for a maize shelling machine to hire.Shelling one bag of maize costs 25,000 UGX which is costly for me.I plan to buy one for my farm plus an Ox plough. This will help me eliminate costs involved in hiring. I will also hire them out to fellow farmers at an affordable fee thus increasing my source of income.