The National Ploughing Association is delighted to send two farmers from the Mbale VIVA Co-op in eastern Uganda to the prestigious Baraka Agricultural College in Kenya, to pursue a course in Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development.
On completion of the course the farmers will return home to farm the land and use their new knowledge to help their local community.
NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said: “The Ploughing Association are delighted to be in a position to fund these students to the total cost of €5,000, which will cover their academic course fees, accommodation, food and travel.
“This is an incredibly worthwhile cause and one very close to the NPA’s core ploughing and sustainable farming values.”
According to Mike Burke of VIVA, “the support of the NPA in funding these scholarships is vital in ensuring the sustainability of the project. These two farmers will return to their community and have made a commitment to mentor and train their fellow farmers for five years. They will be a huge educational resource for their community. The co-operation of VIVA and NPA in this unique project (which is part-funded by Irish Aid) is a unique example of solidarity between Irish farmers and vets and their colleagues in the Developing World.”