Herb cultivation gaining traction in Uganda

Ten years ago, Julius Musoke Luswata, inspired by his late father Dan Lwanga, started off by growing flowers and roses.

It dawned on him that this was his gateway to making a fortune in life, so he enrolled at Makerere University for a Diploma in Botany which he upgraded into a Bachelor’s degree in Botany.

He is about to pursue a Masters in the same field as his ambitions of being a billionaire herb farmer take shape.

“I’m trying to develop another six-acreage herbs farm in Mpigi to supplement this one acre in Makindye. I wanted to become a millionaire which I have achieved now. My target now shifts to becoming a billionaire in the next five years because the business is very lucrative.”

He acknowledges the paradigm shift in many people’s mindset towards growing herbs such as rosemary, thyme and mint which they have previously branded ‘European’.

“People in Makindye used to laugh at me when I started arguing my school fees went to waste. These days, many want me to share my success secrets with them,” Luswata reminisces.

“People are now being taught to grow plants such as rosemary that they can gain from. Their mindset has gradually changed from planting for decoration to planting something that is medicinal and beneficial.”

Read more at the Daily Monitor (Denis Bbosa)

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