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‘I Earn Shs14m Per Season From Ginger Farming’

Many people like tea spiced with ginger, and this has seen the crop increasingly become an income generating activity for many Ugandans.

The crop which popular in Mpigi, Butambala and Mukono is changing lives of many.

Edward Kisubika is one of the farmers making a killing from growing ginger. Kisubika, who is also  the Director of Ginger Growers Association located in Nsanja, Ntegeru Sub County in Mukono was born in 1971, but didn’t go far with education  due to lack of school fees.

This was after his father died when he was still young.

“I started working while still very young because I lived near a landing site. I took on fishing as my source of income in order to look after my family,” he says, adding that it wasn’t so easy for him and decided to resort to coffee business.

He says he was in coffee business for many years but he wasn’t earning enough money to sustain his family, so he decided to save some little money that he used to buy half an acre of land where he planted coffee alongside vanilla.

He explains that he started earning some good money in this farming business which prompted him to expand his garden, but in 2004 and 2005, vanilla’s prices fell tremendously, causing him untold big losses.

Venturing Into Ginger

It is at this time that he heard about ginger farming from a friend. He started farming ginger and he has never looked back since ginger has a ready market and at a very good price.

He says he started with ginger seeds (planting materials) of Shs100, 000 which he bought from a friend in Butambala district. He planted it with the purpose of getting more seeds since he didn’t have enough money to buy enough seeds which took him another nine months before he could embark on the real planting.

“In a period of a year, I had gathered enough seeds to plant half an acre which did very well due to good soil and conditions,” he says, adding that the harvest was so rich so much that he got enough seeds and sold the extra and made some good profits.

He reveals that he used the profit to buy five acres of land in order to expand his garden. Today, he has built a farm that comprises ginger, cows and a huge plantation of 500 banana plants. He says he sells a bunch of banana at Shs10, 000.

“In a good season, I harvest over 35 bags of ginger of which a bag contains over 100kgs. A kilogram of ginger costs between Shs3, 000 and Shs4, 000; a single bag costs between Shs300, 000 and Shs400, 000,” he says. This means he earns over Shs14m in gross profit per season.

Unlike other crops, Kisubika says ginger is a good crop because it’s not usually attacked by diseases which make it cheap to maintain. It however requires regular rains.

Kisubika (R-in red) is earning handsomely from ginger farming

Community Benefits

Kisubika says that he was the first person in Ntengeru Sub County to venture into ginger farming, but many people have also joined him, the reason he started an association comprising of over 30 members. This he says will help them get bigger markets and attractive prices both within Uganda and internationally.

“Our unity has helped us develop as well as improve on our standards of living in a way that we are usually called for international conferences in other countries. It has also helped us get market from different European countries,” he says.

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16 thoughts on “‘I Earn Shs14m Per Season From Ginger Farming’

  1. Am a farmer too of ginger but am safer with customers per now. I am looking for customer to sell mine 0777237676 /Isaactebu@yahoo on Facebook thanks

  2. Natamba Joan

    I am encouraged by your story.
    I am also interested in growing ginger. Where do I get the seeds?

  3. Imai james

    Is It very possible to have the tel no that gentleman. Plz if it’s possible then he call me so that we may have one one discussion

  4. Aturinda Seth

    Thanks for the services.
    Am inspired and would like to get in touch with any ginger farmer ..I also want to start.
    How do I go about it.
    Otherwise we are inspired …!
    Thanks.

  5. David Oceng

    I am inspired and want to get in to this farming, we have large land in Pader District Northern Uganda.
    Secondly I can parthener with you well and we produce in large scale.0772850023 is my contact.

  6. Jonathan Businge

    I also have ginger for sale but l have failed to get a customer if you want to buy I will sell u a kilo at 5k my contact number is 0777318998

  7. Tukamuhebwa smith

    Thanks for ur information bt i would like to know about farming ginger using pits or holes, especially size of the hole, deepth and expected harvest.thank you.

  8. Tukamuhebwa smith

    Thanks for ur information bt i would like to know about farming ginger using pits or holes, especially size of the hole, deepth and expected harvest.thank you. +256782167775

  9. Samuel Mulibule

    I would also like to start that business of ginger growing but how much land is needed for the starters.

  10. Fahad

    I am looking for some good kilograms of ginger but i have 3500/= for each
    0757334699

  11. UKOKI GABRIEL

    I want to join Ginger growing from Masindi .

  12. Ssenkomera Taddeo Kasumba

    Am inspired. I also want to start growing ginger. How best can I be helped in terms of guidance and planting materials.

  13. John bosco sekanjako

    I would like to start up the ginger growing plantation but how much seedlings do I need to plant an half acre ?
    thanks

  14. Ecuru joshua

    Thanx for that testimony,but ineed some advice from you .Acertain company came and sold us some seeds for ginger BRAZIL A1 but they disapeared so we are now stranded with ginger.

  15. Agaga nicholas

    I want ginger seeds to fill 3 acres of land .if you have contact me now on 078589

    6533 or0755136660.thank you.

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