The National Ploughing Association is delighted that the two farmers, Julius Itiakorit and Solomon Ajak from the Mbale VIVA* Co-op in eastern Uganda whom the NPA funded to attend the prestigious Baraka Agricultural College in Kenya, thrived in the experience.   They proved to be star pupils who have excelled in their studies.

On completion of the course in Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development the farmers have returned home to work the land and are using their new knowledge to greatly help their local community.

The 16 month course, which commenced in the Baraka Agriculture College educated the two students to be efficient, sustainable farmers, trainers of others and facilitators of development in their communities.

NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said “The Ploughing Association are delighted to have been in a position to fund these students to the total cost of €5,000, which covered their academic course fees,

accommodation, food and travel. This is an incredibly worthwhile cause and one very close to the NPA’s core ploughing and sustainable farming values. Both of the students Julius and Solomon, are very impressive and since they graduated from the course they are now empowered with new knowledge and expert techniques to assist themselves and their neighbours.”

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