Smart tips for Setting up a profitable poultry farm
Poultry farming is increasingly becoming lucrative not only in Uganda, but globally. However, most of the literature about this enterprise tend to surround about the profitability side without tackling the how question! This has attracted many to taking on the enterprise by bandwagon, only to end up in losses.
In this article however, you’ll measure up whether taking on poultry farming is a worthwhile investment since it’s more focused on the economics of rearing birds and how much will you spend on each bird daily? What are the expected returns? In an interview, Mr. Kiwanuka Francis Majwega, an Extension Officer at Ugachick Poultry Breeders, an experienced local firm dealing in supply of one day old chicks (Cobb500 for broilers and Hisex brown for layers) and feeds to farmers, takes us through how profitable poultry farming can be.
“Do you have interest in poultry farming?” asks Kiwanuka, adding: “You must start with the idea (business plan).” Whether you’ve the money, Kiwanuka advises farmers to first seek information and carefully plan if they’re to “comfortably manage a small or large farm” without necessarily requiring “a professional veterinary officer”.
“Many farmers start rearing birds out of excitement, someone will buy chicks without adequate preparations because a neighbour’s flock is doing well,” he said, adding that poultry farming requires time and keen observation of the flock. “You cannot practice farming on the phone, by the time you’re told that there’s a problem, you’re already late and in losses,” Kiwanuka notes, emphasizing the owner’s involvement in the business.
He advises the working class intending to venture into poultry farming to hire a person with interest in farming and maintain the highest level of record keeping. “The hired person must record whatever is happening at the farm, you also need to work out the…
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