RAKAI. When his son was not performing well academically, Safina Katongole was worried over what to do next for Gaddafi Lwebuga.
“He [Lwebuga] was not performing well in class and this forced him to drop out of school in Primary Four,” his mother says
While she was still worried over what to do for her son, officials from Kitovu Mobile traversed through Lwamagwa Sub County, looking for school dropouts to join their farm school.
Without hesitation, Lwebuga decided to register with the Mobile Farm School because he had a passion for farming.
Later, they were taught and had competitions which saw him win a Friesian cow and a high breed goat.
“I competed with fellow trainees in two sub-counties, but the good gardens which I had organized in the same way we’re taught, made me emerge a winner,” Lwebuga happily shares as he feeds his cow.
His mother says the family banks on this cow for daily income got from milk, which has seen his father consider his son as an important asset in the family.
“His father who works distantly is no longer worried over the family because Lwebuga grows cabbages, vegetables and makes good money,” she says
He also planted coffee with the seedlings coming from Kitovu Mobile and in the future, he also expects to earn big from this.
Lwebuga, who didn’t know what the future holds for him after getting out of school, is now focusing on becoming the best modern farmer at Lwoyo Village given the skills he is getting from the farm school.
On top farming skills, he says Kitovu Mobile, in partnership with Katende Harambe Rural-Urban Training Centre in Namugongo, Wakiso District, has equipped him with other skills; in the bakery, mending shoes, mushroom farming as well as making feeds for cows.
Lwebuga says with such diversification, he cannot fail to prosper saying, in case he gets a loss in one project the other one may cover up.
His mother says Lwebuga engages in all these ventures and he cannot fail to sustain himself as well as the family and her earlier worries over his future are no more because he now focused.
“I want to thank Kitovu Mobile for helping my son see a bright future as well improving our livelihoods”
She says her son would have been loitering around the villages looking for jobs, but he spends most of the time in his gardens working.
“Sometimes the sun sets without even noticing it, because he is ever busy,” She says
Lwebuga is hopeful that his fellow youth can be helped in farming because he is now a teacher as many farmers go to his farm to seek guidance.