Citronella grass, it produces oil that is used as a mosquito repellant
Global warming is one of the major factors that is to blame for the continuous change in weather patterns, irregular seasons and the abnormal behavior of the earth in the recent years. In western Uganda, particularly the Rwenzori region the effects of climate change had started to take toll on the people, this made them to switch to alternative agricultural methods that ruined the environment more. Natural resources were wasted and depleted and the soil fertility also reduced. This became a concern and Thanks to SAT NET, who trained the community on conservation and even initiated a project that would benefit the community when they practiced appropriate conservation practices.
The capacity of the community was built and they were given a conservation vision that would improve farmers` skills, knowledge and competence in sustainable environmental conservation for positive benefit from natural resources. Among the facilitators who were at the training was Kuyamba B Patrick of RHIVA who handled Citronella Grass Farming, Harvesting of Citronella Grass and Oil extraction from Citronella Grass.
Akweteireho Simon of the Uganda wildlife Authority who trained them on Mountain Conservation, Common Plants of the Rwenzori and Resource Use Programme and Biira Janet from Karughe Farmers who taught them Soil and Water Conservation, Agronomic and mechanical Practices and Improving Soil Fertility. The training also saw 240 Farmers trained in Family Medicinal Plant growing from Ndongo United Herbalist Association, BETT, Mutiba Foundation and New Eden.
The training was also used by SAT NET to advocate for planting trees that would take in more carbon and help people do away with the myth that if one planted trees like Bamboo, Smilax and Wild Banana outside the national park, then you would die immediately. They also advocated for rain water harvesting because, most homes are roofed with iron sheets which allow fast run off of rain water causing massive erosion. The workshop also trained farmers on appropriate agronomical practices; this would help them maintain fertile soil at the mountain tops rather than let it run down the slopes due to erosion.
Since the end of the trainign, the community has embraced the agronomical method and apart from just using it for conservation, it is an income generator for the community