RAKAI. At only 19 years- old, Emmanuel Sebyoto owns three plots of land and a motorcycle.
He has built two semi permanent houses.
The young farmer, a resident of Kubuyinja Village ,Byakabanda Sub -County ,Rakai District , attributes this success to Kitovu Mobile which enrolled him in its farm school programme where school drop outs are equipped with skills in modern farming.
The Primary Seven dropout joined the farm school in 2014 after his future had proved uncertain.
The pretty reserved Sebyoto says he was trained for three years ,equipping him with a lot of skills especially in using organic inputs.
“Applying the knowledge I learnt from the farm school has seen me reap big from farming because I get high yields,” Sebyoto shares.
He is quick to give a vivid example of tomatoes, which he grows during dry season because Kitovu Mobile bought him a water pump.
“This makes me take good advantage of being close to Lake Kijjanabalora where I pump water and irrigate my tomatoes” Sebyoto boasts
He says growing tomatoes during dry season comes with good prices which enables him earn big. During one of the seasons Sebyoto says he earned Shs 2 million, which money he used to buy one of the plots of land he owns .
“I later sold my Irish potatoes at close to Shs 1.5 million which I used to build the four bed room house,” he reminisces
He later sold his cow which he had bought from proceeds from the farming and bought another building, which will house his farm supply shop.
He says he has really made strides from commercial farming.
Besides such assets, Sebyoto looks after his mother and six siblings; two of them have their school fees paid by him; each taking Shs 250,000 per term.
He is indebted to Kitovu Mobile and wishes that more youth are helped to become more productive.
“Given what I have witnessed at just 19 years, I think more youth, especially the school drop outs can get helped,” he says
Furthermore, Sebyato commends Kitovu Mobile for linking him to Rakai Health Science for an hernia operation in 2017.
“I was really helped because the ailment could not allow me engage fully in farming, but after the operation, I got relieved,” he says
On his graduation late last year, the silent workaholic youth was among the trainees who were awarded gifts for being outstanding students in the Byakabanda Farm School.
He was given a high breed goat as a prize for being an exceptional student.