Ugandan farming life – all work but ‘pure and clean’ food says female farmer

‘The View From Here’ is the Farmers Weekly series giving an insight into rural life from women around the world.

Here, Lucy Ajok gives us a glimpse of her life in the countryside in Uganda.

What sort of farm do you live on?

I’m 34 years old and a mother of two boys and three girls. I live on a three-acre piece of land practising mixed farming. I grow green vegetables, beans, peas, groundnuts, sesame.

I also keep two indigenous cows; I have five goats and 10 chickens. I have fruit trees like pawpaws, banana plantain and jackfruits. I have two huts; one for the boys and another for girls and myself and a well-furnished kitchen; I have a clay cupboard and Lorena cook-stove.

How involved are you with the farm?

Very much. I wake up at 6 am, check on the children, wake them up to help me around the home before they go to school.

At 6.30 am, I help my eldest son to milk the cows. The other children sweep the compound and/or fetch water before they set off for school at 7 am after they have had milk tea for breakfast.

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