A number of farmers mainly in Kampala city, Uganda surroundings are now venturing into quail farming because of its high income. One such a farmer is Joyce Obitiru Amandrua, a resident of Mbuya Kinawataka, a Kampala suburb, who is rearing the birds alongside her salon business.
Inspired by a captivating success story aired on a local TV station two years ago, Obitiru decided it was high time she ventured into the enterprise. The story emphasised the nutritional benefits of the quail meat and its eggs.
“I got excited and I decided to seek information as to where I could get stock of the birds. My major target was to ensure my family members consume the eggs which contain vitamin, iron, zinc, iodine, salt, protein and many more for prevention of chronic sicknesses. I was further aiming at establishing a lucrative business embarking on sale of the eggs,” she says.
Obitiru consulted a leading breeder of the quail birds in Seeta, Mukono that her dream of rearing the birds took off. She purchased 200 young birds each at Shs5, 000 and is keeping the birds in a single phased cage in the family house garage.
The birds matured within six to seven weeks and the female ones started laying eggs thereafter on daily basis of 80 eggs which she packages in trays each comprising 18 eggs, and sells between Shs10, 000 and Shs18, 000 depending on the marketing strategy and most of her customers are within the surrounding suburbs. She gets 35 trays in a week.
She says she used to concentrate on her salon business at Kinawataka Trading Centre where competition was so high, but she has since relocated to her house because she has to take care of the birds at the same time. Selling the eggs is making her get additional income to care for family needs.