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Agriculture tours in Uganda are carefully planned study Agricultural safaris in Uganda that will take you to small-scale and large-scale farms to learn about agriculture in Uganda.
Uganda is commonly known for its Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Big Game, spectacular birding, vibrant culture, beautiful scenery, and welcoming people, but if you are to understand Uganda more, it is better to undertake Uganda agriculture safaris for you to learn about agriculture which is the backbone of Uganda economy, employing about 80% of the workforce of around 17 million.
The agricultural tours Uganda safaris showcase the ways of the farmers and farming, traditional and modern agricultural practices, and the unforgettable experience of Uganda’s rural landscape.
You will visit coffee farms, tea estates, banana plantations, livestock farms, pineapple farms, Agriculture Research Institutes, and more.
You will as well have an opportunity to explore other amazing best Uganda safari destinations of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, and Mount Elgon National Park, among others.
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Best Uganda Agriculture Safari Experiences In Uganda
Agriculture safaris Uganda tours offer a wide range of experiences ranging from coffee, tea estates livestock farming, banana plantations, and many others. Here are the best Uganda agriculture safari experiences in Uganda:
Community Coffee Plantation Tours In Uganda
Coffee is a perennial crop and has been the country’s most important cash crop since the 1980s. Coffee growing in Uganda is mostly done by smallholder farmers who intercrop their coffee trees with traditional local food crops, usually utilizing the shade of banana trees and other shade trees. In these self-sustain conditions, coffee is left to grow naturally, flowering on average twice a year. Uganda has the perfect climate for growing coffee, a lot of rainfall, and nutrient-rich soil.
There are various coffee farms across the country. Two types of coffee are grown in Uganda and these are Arabica coffee and Robasta Coffee although the most grown coffee is Arabica which is mostly grown on the slopes on the Elgon slopes.
A visit to the coffee farms will have you get the general knowledge about coffee, how it is grown, the fertilizing part and you will also get to help when it comes to harvesting the ripe ones.
Coffee Tours In Queen Elizabeth National Park
Situated in the buffer zone between the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the farmlands, this exceptional initiative is run by the Omwani Women’s Cooperative, an association of local women committed to growing organic coffee beans without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
On the tour, you will marvel at over 1500 Arabica and Robusta coffee plants and witness the beans being processed by hand at a communal processing plant. You will also enjoy the sampling of the finest organic coffee bean products from this plantation.
The omwani women have learned all the stages of coffee production at the communal plant, and they do the coffee production with all the love like their life depends on this coffee plantation.
At the coffee production plant, you will get the aroma of the coffee beans being roasted and made ready for packing and exporting. All the processes of making the coffee ready are done manually; from harvesting, sorting, drying, cleaning, secondary sorting, roasting to the final stage of packing.
Coffees Tours On Mount Elgon In Mbale
Grown on the mountain shambas – an area of cultivated ground – of Mountain Elgon is the Arabica coffee also named Sipi or Bugisu by the farmers – who have a reputation for producing some of the finest washed Arabica in Kenya and Uganda.
Mount Elgon is an extinct shield volcano east of Uganda that is bisected by the international borderline with Kenya. The Ugandan side of Elgon is the windward side, thus receiving large amounts of rainfall and is conducive for coffee growth. Bugisu Arabica only grows at an altitude of between 1,600 and 1,900metres.
The coffee tour will open your mind to the realities of nature and the lifestyles of indigenous Ugandans in the countryside. The local farmers will take you on a guided walk through the coffee plantation. You will visit a nursery bed, introducing to you how long it takes to grow within the nursery bed, plant some coffee seedlings, look at the mature coffee trees, harvest some of the red coffee cherries, pulping, dry them, pound the dry coffee beans, winnowing, roasting, making the powder after roasting, brewing and finally drinking some cups of coffee.
You’ll also know a lot of information to do with the entire coffee value chain as you’ll be able to meet the coffee producers, processors not leave out the exporters and roasters. The proceeds from the tour are put to use for community developments and advancements through local projects.
Coffee Tours In Kisoro
You can also compliment the amazing Uganda gorilla trekking experience at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a coffee-making tour at a local farm in the Kisoro district.
Through the coffee-making experience, you will learn how to dig, weed, and harvest organic coffee in a real farming environment. You will get involved and learn about the process from seedlings to the drink/cup. You will be able to take part in picking, pounding, roasting, grinding, and drinking coffee. The skills and knowledge needed by farmers will bring a new appreciation to your coffee drinking habits.
Tea Estates Tours In Uganda
Favorable climate and soil conditions have also enabled Uganda to develop some of the world’s best quality tea. The Tea plant which was introduced in the country by 1900 had by mid-1950’s Tea become Uganda’s main estate crop. Uganda produces about 10,000 metric tonnes of tea per annum and about 90% of tea is exported.
The world tea production is about 3 billion kgs and East Africa safari countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania contribute about 11%. The largest producer is India with about 28% of the world’s production and the largest Tea exporter is China with about 17% of the world’s total exports.
Uganda has various tea estates that are found in the central region and the far western side of the country, plus a few in the eastern region of Uganda.
Tea Estates tours will offer you one of the ultimate agricultural Uganda safari packages where you get to dive deep into understanding the tea-growing culture as part of the entire African way of living. You will get to know how tea grows, how it looks like while still in the gardens, how to harvest it when it is ready, and then how it is dried and processed into a meaningful tea bag.
In western Uganda, the rolling verdant hills that cover tea plantations offer good photographic scenery, plus a relaxing view over the undulating hills.
Mpanga Tea Estate Tour
Mpanga tea estate situated in Fort Portal in western Uganda near Kibale National Park and the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. It is where workers still harvest the tea leaves by hand. The green tea plantation is spread over a beautiful undulating landscape with endless scenic views which makes it ideal to experience an agricultural safari in Uganda.
You explore the tea planting practices and take a walk or cycle in the plantation and participate in the tea plucking encounter. After feeding your sight to the verdant estates of tea in the fields, you can take a lot of photos of the tea plants, flowers, leaves, depending on the parts of the estate you visit. You will then visit the tea factory exploring the tea processing encounter and the fine products that are extracted from the tea. In the factory, you will visit the tea drier of the withering section for the tea leaves after being picked. You will experience all the 5 steps of making tea ready for making a beverage.
Banana Plantations Tour In Uganda
Bananas have distinct tall green stems topped by a luxuriant clump of thick, wide leaves. They form an integral feature of the Ugandan landscape and are deeply woven into the country’s cultural fabric.
About Bananas In Uganda
Uganda which produces around 9 million tons of bananas every year is the second-largest producer of bananas in the world after India.
Uganda has a multitude of 50 banana verities growing across the country each with a distinct name and purpose, for example, Matoke for boiling, Gonja for roasting; Mbide for distillation into banana beer (Mwenge) or wine (Mubisi), and the sweet menvu eaten raw for a snack or dessert.
Bananas are not indigenous to Uganda. According to the Kiganda legend, the first banana plant in Uganda was introduced to the Buganda Kingdom by Kintu. The shrine of Kintu is on a hill known as Magonga – almost certainly a derivative of a local name for the banana – alongside a tree said to have grown from the root of the plant he originally imported.
If this folklore is true, it would place the arrival of bananas in Uganda is possibly the thirteenth century, probably from Ethiopia.
But, many botanists also claim that’s the vast number of different banana varieties grown in Uganda today could not have been cultivated within so short a period – a time span of at least 1,000 years would be required.
Only one species of banana (Musa ensete) is indigenous to Africa, and it doesn’t bear edible fruit. The more familiar cultivated varieties have all been propagated from two wild Asian species (M. acuminata and M. balbisiana), and hybrids thereof.
Wild bananas are almost inedible and riddled with hard pits, and it is thought that the first edible variety was cultivated from a rare mutant of one of the above species about 10,000 years ago -making the banana one of the oldest cultivated plants in existence.
Edible bananas were most likely cultivated in Egypt before the time of Christ, presumably having arrived there via Arabia or the Indian Ocean.
The route via which the banana reached modern-day Uganda is open to conjecture. The most obvious point of origin is Ethiopia, the source of several southward migrations in the past two millennia.
A third possibility is that the banana reached Uganda via the Congolese Basin, possibly in association with the arrival of Bantu speakers from West Africa.
However it arrived in Uganda, the banana has certainly flourished there, forming the main subsistence crop for an estimated 40% of the population.
The Various Uses Of Bananas In Uganda
- The banana’s uses are not restricted to feeding bellies.
- The juice from the stem is traditionally regarded to have several medicinal applications, for instance as a cure for snakebite and for childish behavior.
- Pulped or scraped sections from the stem also form very effective cloths for cleaning.
- The outer stem can be plaited to make a strong rope known as Byai in Luganda, while the cleaned central rib of the leaf is used to weave fish traps and other items of basketry.
- The leaf itself forms a useful makeshift umbrella and was traditionally worn by young Buganda girls as an apron.
- The dried leaf is a popular bedding and roofing material and is also used to manufacture the head pads on which Ugandan women generally carry their loads.
One of the best areas for banana plantations tours in Uganda is Isingiro District. Here you can engage with the local farmers, exploring various types of bananas that they grow. Learn about the banana-growing practices, the products that they get, and how they make use of it.
You explore the local banana brewing process where local alcohol is extracted from bananas and you can have a taste if you wish, the use of banana fibers to thatch houses, the local tools that they use in plantation maintenance, and the prospects that the locals have in their plantations.
Ankole Long Horned Cattle Farm Tours In Kiruhura- South-Western Uganda
While on your Uganda agricultural safaris in the southwest, you will come across not only magnificent scenery, wildlife, primates, birds, but also the most majestic creature among domesticated animals found in Africa – The Ankole long-horned cattle.
You will have an opportunity to visit the farms in Kiruhura District to explore the livestock rearing practices that these people are undertaking. Kiruhura area has transformed greatly to stand as the leading milk producer in Uganda as farmers have adopted the exotic cattle most of which have evolved from the cross-breeding of the exotic breed with the local Ankole long-horned cattle.
On your Uganda agricultural tour in Kiruhura, you will also visit the extensive ranches where the awesome Ankole long-horned cattle graze from. You listen to the story of how this precious breed among the pastoralists of Ankole is threatened by the continuous desire for the increased milk production presented by the exotic ones.
You will marvel at their beautiful longhorns with different patterns, the varying colors of their bodies, and their close touch with their herdsmen. You will have an opportunity to participate in the traditional hand milking practices, explore the milk collection and distribution process. You will also interact with the local farmers on how they coped with their traditional occupation.
Jesa Farm Dairy Tour
Jesa Farm Dairy is located in Busunju approximately 50km Northwest of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. The farm is an established modern dairy farm currently the best in Uganda. This great dairy farm saw its beginning in the year 1989 by the late Dr. James Mulwana.
It has transformed from the sale of raw milk to the processing and sale of a wide range of dairy products including fresh pasteurized milk, yogurt, UHT milk, fresh cream, and butter presenting great quality taste and innovation.
Jesa Farm supports a count of 650 Friesian Cattle which are kept under the advanced animal husbandry and importantly the great count of animal feed is produced at this farm.
Jesa Farm Diary also features a dairy plant that processes all the milk got from the farm and a count of 100,000 liters of milk are processed per day without sourcing raw milk from a range of 150 out-growers close to the farm and beyond subject to meeting the quality standards. It also offers extension services in terms of milk handling, quality bulls, and vaccines.
The JESA is among the two ISO food safety standards certified in Uganda along with being Halal certified which makes all its products carry the Q mark system of UNBS. Thus your visit to JESA Farm is a great livestock agricultural encounter that you can ever have in Uganda.
Tour Bukalasa Agricultural Center
Bukalasa Agricultural Center has situated near Wobulenzi town in Luwero District about 49km from Kampala. The center acts as the agricultural hub of Uganda serving as a center of research about animal and crop husbandry not forgetting the agricultural soils.
It dates far back to 1920 when it was established as a Cotton Breeding Center during the colonial era and has since evolved to become a center of significance in the country.
The tour to the projects being undertaken and the accomplished ones including the crop and animal interbreeding, the new farming practices, the soil–crop matching, the palatable and highly nutritious pastures for livestock among others.
Visit The Pineapple Farm In Luweero
The pineapple farm is located in the district of Luweero which is just 75 kilometers from Kampala and it sits on four acres. You can visit the area to see the way how these are propagated and how they are harvested.
It is mainly operated on by Asians and everyone who visits the farm is given a knife which they use when it comes to harvesting the pineapples and they also get to buy some fresh pineapples. The farm also gives out knowledge about the different techniques that are used when it comes to farming.
Tour The Pearl Of Africa Farm
The Pearl of Africa Farm is located in Wakiso in Banda along Hoima road and it has different plants in the area that are grown mainly for agro-tourism and then for sale and consumption purposes. The farm shows you the different agricultural techniques that are used and how to maintain a large farm. Some of the plants that are grown include the following:
The Food Crops such as potatoes, plantain bananas, Desert bananas (Sukali Ndizi and Bogoya), Juice bananas (Mussa), Roasting bananas (Gonja), sugarcanes, Irish potatoes, arrowroots, cassava, fruits – mangoes, avocado, oranges, pawpaw, soursop or Kitaferi and many more others.
The food crops help in the provision of food to the owners of the farm and the local people living around the farm and the visitors also get to buy some of the fresh food crops from the farm.
Vegetables are the ones that are mostly grown in backyard farming and this is mostly done in plastics. These are grown and when they are ready they are grown to supplement the farmer’s diet and some of them are sold to tourists. The tourists also get a chance to learn how to do farming on a small scale piece of land.
Different tree species like eucalyptus trees, Musizi trees, pine trees, jackfruit trees, orange trees, Bamboo trees, and many more others.
There are also fish farms with different fish species that are reared but the most common species are the Crayfish and the catfish. When you undertake a Uganda agricultural tour to this area, you will learn how fishing in Uganda is done, how the fish ponds are constructed, how the fish is cared for without losing them, and how the fish are chosen before they are put in the ponds.
In a summary, from the Uganda wildlife safaris, gorilla trekking in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park, and boat cruises in Murchison Falls National Park, you can enjoy and put a seal to your superb safari experience, by undertaking agriculture tours in Uganda to learn about the different farming practices and crops grown the country.
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