On about 0.75 acres of land, the Dambya rabbit and chicken farm is spread. In an urban residence, a stretch of less than a kilometer off the busy Entebbe Express Highway.
If it were a town it would definitely be described as cosmopolitan, with a poultry coop, rabbit cage-burrows, a banana plantation, a fish pond and other food crops all set in this minimal space leaves you wondering what an establishment it would have been if it were sprung on a big chunk of land elsewhere.
But Rev.Patrick James Dambya has mastered the art of utilising the small space he has in this suburb. He keeps over 5,000 birds for eggs and about 150 rabbits that breed and also get sold for meat once they meet the required weight, and more than 350 tilapia.
Like any other business, the retired Clergy man stresses that it’s all about love and passion for what you do that gradually makes the yields, and starting small is the best way to get results because along the way you learn and grow naturally.
“It’s now 2 years since we started and the results are promising. We can still collect a gross income of about UGX 1million daily regardless of the COVID-19 Pandemic…. However we have been forced to decrease on the number of rabbits and cut the breeding system because the demand for meat dropped with the lockdown, but we are working around the clock to get back to where we need to be” says Rev. Dambya.
At this establishment nothing goes to waste since even the animal waste is used to make bio gas that lights and fuel for cooking, the excess is used as fertiliser for the crops and the rest sold to other farmers.
The ex-clergy man now envisages the post corona virus times, where he hopes to hit the mark of 1000 bunnies and have over 15000 birds, so as to have a bigger market.
He now boosts of having the required facilities and infrastructure to accommodate his forth coming targets and then he will increase the incomes and as well quench all the demand that may come his way.
The Reverend expounds on the idea that rabbit keeping is easier to start and thus one can make good profit over time since the gestation period is short and they rarely contract diseases if kept clean.
One can start with about a million shillings and grow in a short time, but hygiene is crucial and understanding the behavioral characteristics and mannerisms. It’s paramount to keep records in this business for it to succeed.Rev. Dambya
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