Farmer estimates that his production has increased by 200%
Genza Simon is 27 years old and supports a family of 7 persons. He owns 500 coffee trees on an area of 1.5 acres and had never used fertilizer before he started participating in NKG BLOOM nine
After his successful application he received a fertilizer advance of 100 g per tree in March and 100 g per tree in August. Now it is main coffee harvest season and he estimates his coffee production per tree has tripled from 2 kg to 6 kg. That is a 200% increase in less than a year - we are impressed!
Meet one of the customers of our Farmer Financing Unit (FFU)
Rajab Kiwanuka has participated in NKG BLOOM for the last two seasons and has already sold 17.087kgs of kiboko (dried coffee cherries) to the DC. By now, he has borrowed 500kgs of CAN and 500kgs of NPK fertilizer for his farm measuring 10 acres as well as approx. $600 in cash. We are looking forward to see more farms bloom and farmers smile like Rajab!
NKG BLOOM officially launched
On Thursday, September 14th, all partners of NKG BLOOM met in the headquarters of Neumann Kaffee Gruppe in Hamburg for the official kick-off of NKG BLOOM. The event was opened by David
M. Neumann (Managing Partner of Neumann Gruppe GmbH) followed by several partners and
stake-holders in the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda, J.M. Muhindo. Speakers representing their companies or organisations presented their individual shares in NKG BLOOM, what challenges they faced so far and why they continued to be very enthusiastic about the programs’ success. Catalina Eikenberg, Head of Sustainability at Bernhard Rothfos, confirmed this enthusiasm by bringing the first positive results and lessons learned.
The presentations were followed by a Q&A session and a demonstration cupping, after which all guests had the opportunity to get to know each other over a light dinner and drinks.
Second fertilizer disbursement succeeded
From 15th to 17th August, representatives of Yara and Ibero Uganda has been disbursed the next Yara fertilizers , reaching 493 farmers at seven DC's. Around 200 farmers in a pilot DC also
have access to cash advances which they can request through their mobile phones, using a USSD code and mobile money.
One of our participating farmers
This is Haawa Namusoke. She has 2.5 acres of planted coffee and supports a family of 5. She is the head of household. She took an advance of 300 kg of Yara fertilizer and approximately $100 in cash from us in March.
The first coffee will be harvested soon
After the first fertilizer application in March, the coffee is growing very well and is ready to harvest soon.
Mobile Money Cash Advance
is ready to use
Together with the Ibero Farmer Financing Unit team the first farmers are testing our mobile money cash advance request by dialing a USSD code.
General Assembly in Nabumbugu
A couple days ago, we held a general assembly in Nabumbugu to introduce our products to the farmers. It is the first DC where we have disbursed fertilizer and cash to so far.