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 + Many people in northern Uganda are involved in many economic activities like crop farming, animal husbandry small and big retail in trade in a variety of goods. Of the many challenges that face our business people is lack of specialisation. This is far more serious in the rural communities. A peasant overloads himself with various of small entities that at the end do not allow him make much progress. A farmer like this one\\ [[http://​2.bp.blogspot.com/​-tQ4sMDs1Ooc/​Vp4QAi0WLWI/​AAAAAAAAAQM/​L5j3BFukmDQ/​s1600/​a_herdsman.jpg|{{https://​2.bp.blogspot.com/​-tQ4sMDs1Ooc/​Vp4QAi0WLWI/​AAAAAAAAAQM/​L5j3BFukmDQ/​s320/​a_herdsman.jpg|external image a_herdsman.jpg}}]]\\ \\  besides keeping cattle also does some other activities for a living. This keeps the farmer unskilled throughout his life. As this 38-year-old gentleman does have his full attention on the animals, the output he gets is minimal--- just for survival and not thriving. Supposing a farmer like this were mentored, he would realize that he would need to do the followings:​\\ ​
  
 +  - check on the genetics and breed of his animals
 +  - decide whether to keep the animals for beef or milk
 +  - endeavour to maintain high quality by maintaining good health, good feeding and housing
 +  - get advise and help from a veterinary worker
 +But because of lack of valuable and relevant information on animal husbandry the guy's income is very low-- there is no sense of business in it-- it's just subsistence farming. He is handicapped by:\\ 
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 +  * inadequate capital
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 +  * lack of skilled labour force-- he works alone or is helped by his family members
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 +  * poor storage facilities for the milk produce
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 +  * poor marketing-- he rarely has enough milk to sell and slaughters his animals only when he is in a financial crisis.
 +He is so limited that he can not move from this\\ [[http://​2.bp.blogspot.com/​-Pd-TFo5qvOM/​Vp4r8R-z0AI/​AAAAAAAAAQc/​zG_qtmeWx5Q/​s1600/​milking%2Bafricancow.jpg|{{https://​2.bp.blogspot.com/​-Pd-TFo5qvOM/​Vp4r8R-z0AI/​AAAAAAAAAQc/​zG_qtmeWx5Q/​s1600/​milking%2Bafricancow.jpg{{https://​3.bp.blogspot.com/​-0Ws-3IpWsFc/​Vp4sXXVY0rI/​AAAAAAAAAQk/​jLsmXZ1mCVQ/​s1600/​m%2Bmilker.jpg{{https://​3.bp.blogspot.com/​-o5gma27KESc/​Vp4v86i5ujI/​AAAAAAAAAQw/​wlVmGFj5eco/​s1600/​beef.jpg{{https://​3.bp.blogspot.com/​-I95nkV5f4zU/​Vp4wJw-jUxI/​AAAAAAAAAQ4/​y46KMEMGPfU/​s1600/​zebu.jpg|external image zebu.jpg}}]]\\ \\  This man does not keep any written record. All his records are in his memory. He doesn'​t have a business plan either. Yet he is filled with the hope that in the next five years his kraal will be full of animals for beef or for milk.
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