Your old, small kit could help farmers in Africa

Do you farm in the West Country and have a small grain drill, 12m sprayer or pedestrian rotavator that still works OK but has been replaced by something bigger?

If so, it could be ideal for a project in Uganda to boost food production.

It’s run by ex-farmers Kay and James Barnard, who started supporting small farmers in Uganda five years ago. They help small subsistence farmers – typically farming 1-5 acres – to improve their output of beans, maize, tomatoes, cassava, and melons.

Big, high-tech machinery is obviously not what’s wanted in this part of the world, they explain, but a working Ferguson TE20/MF35/135 or Ford 3000/4000 (or similar), small sprayer or drill, petrol/diesel-powered pump, generator, inter-row hoe or even a cordless drill that’s been replaced by a newer one could make a big difference to the farmers.

Also needed are wood-cutting machinery, pedestrian-operated tractors and cultivators, strimmers, hand tools, small sets of discs/cultivators, light ploughs up to 50hp, simple chicken feeders, simple processing machines to squeeze juice or make bread and low-tech/trickle irrigation equipment. Garden tools, small generators, small pumps and even spades and hand tools are in short supply too.

The Barnards say they plan to send a container-load of equipment to Uganda in the next few weeks. If you have any machinery that’s suitable, give them a call on 01278 683066, 07971 217599 or email them at

Read about the Farmers Weekly trip to Africa and Farm Africa’s work there

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