The Nyakatonzi Growers’ Cooperative Union is a 15,000-member cotton cooperative seeking to improve value addition through more efficient oil extraction, and to diversify into soybeans, sunflower and other oilseeds. This partnership aims to build farmer’s capacity, introduce technology innovations and improve cooperative management. In particular, it will co-finance new equipment that will increase capacity, oil extraction rates and revenues.
Procure and install oil milling machinery to Increase milling yield and throughput, renovate existing plant buildings, train staff on operation and maintenance
Train SHFs in agronomic practices and financial literacy
Market development for oil and cake products
Enhance extension services to increase cotton productivity and diversify oilseed production
Link farmers to banks and microfinance agencies to improve access to credit
Involve 15,000 smallholder farmers (6,000 women) and 62 small and medium enterprises (25 women-led) and cooperatives by 2017.
Homesteads, restaurants and bakeries for cooking oil; animal feed processors for cotton seed cake; mushroom growers for seed husks.
Uganda Cotton Development Organization
Centenary Rural Development Bank, Micro Finance Support Center