The Ox-Driven Plough Project
Soil in Lango is quite fertile; there is practically no need of using fertilizers. However, as subsistence farmers, each family depends on the outcome of their farm produce for all their needs including daily food, clothing, medical expenses, and education for the children (from primary to university).
Most of these crops are harvested ones in a year. Note that the family here means the husband and wife, plus an average of 6 children, 2 or 3 dependent children of deceased relatives (very common, a result of HIV/AIDs and LRA killings) and their elderly parents.Currently, ploughing is done by a person using a simple hand held hoe, which clearly consumes a lot of energy and time; and is brings very little produce. With such hand ploughs, it takes 10 strong men at least five days to plough one acre of land, while with a plough driven by a pair of oxen, one man would complete the same job in only 2 days. Availability of an ox-driven plough would “mechanize” this farming method and make it much more effective and less back-breaking. The ox-plough is not a new phenomenon; it has been in use over the years but to a limited extent because most villagers are unable to afford the plough and the oxen. Tractors are out of the question because they are extremely expensive to purchase and maintain. With an increased agricultural production, a subsistence farmer in Lango would be able to improve his livelihood as he would afford education and medical needs of his family.
“Each family depends on the outcome of their farm produce for all their needs including
daily food, clothing, medical expenses, and education for the children”
Requirements: Funds to purchase ox-ploughs and bulls. With $500, a pair of young bulls and ox-plough can be purchased and trained.
Operation: This project was launched in September 2010 with initial funds from Victory Christian Center and friends from Youngstown State University. Ten sets of 2 oxen and 1 plough were purchased and distributed to responsible believers in Lango. The project