Washington Sagonda Watsomba Growth Point

  • After completing his studies, Washington Sagonda came home to assist his father in running the family farm.
  • He began with horticulture and did well but then markets began to change.
  • So he revived his father’s dairy project, attending meetings at the Milk Collection Centre at Tsonzo.
  • In 2012 he produced 25 litres a day from 5 cows.

  • He did not give up as it was always highlighted at meetings that there was a shortage of milk on the market.
  • In 2013 he made silage – but it did not see him through the dry period.
  • However his volumes improved greatly – he produced up to 40 litres a day.
  • In 2014 he made silage again, aiming for higher volumes still.
  • Through attending meetings and training, he is now able to calculate silage requirements for his cows, and budget for the next season.
  • He is still feeding his cows silage which will last him until the rains.
  • Today, at 29, Washington Sagonda is proud Chairman of the local Association, producing over 50 litres daily from 4 cows, and encouraging other youths to join the dairy industry to create livelihoods.