I was born on September 17, 1969, on this land, went to a nearby primary school, then on to Rwampara for my secondary school at Bujaga and later to Mbarara for high school in a new makeshift private secondary school in 1988. I have lived at this farm for the last 47 years and raised my children there too. The additional name of ‘Bwesharire’ on the farm is of the ‘ Abahwezhu’ clan from which I come in Ankole. This man Bwesharire is the great-great-grandfather of them all who led them out of the old Mpororo kingdom wrangles to the present day rich and lush Sheema district in the greater Bushenyi, western Ankore. He was a good leader, a calm negotiator, a good listener and a fighter. Many of his relatives still live in Sheema.
Within 10 years of settling on the land, Tomosi and Erina became one of the largest sellers of matooke (Bananas of all kinds), fruits and Vegetables. They also had a small herd of cows averaging 80-100 and were simple, comfortable Christians resisting the pressure of the world to conform.
In 1997, the farm was expanded when I finished school (I was fortunate to go to a competitive Makerere university then and study economics and political science and later took a scholarship to the University of Wales Cardiff to study Media and journalism) beginning the fencing, paddocking and putting separations of acreage from land for animal rearing and crop and fruits growing. In a way, a sense of Specialization begun to take root for the farm to make sense.
I met Patience in 2000 and we got married in 2002 and soon after, in 2002, as second-generation owners of the farm, my wife and I begun the improvement of the animal breed from long-horned Ankore cows that give less milk to second category cross breeds, especially of the Dutch Friesian and Holstein type. This, our entire area of farmers were largely doing the same to take advantage of the milk market that had become clear, starting around 1994.
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