Iziina Rirungi Rigumaho Association is registered and authorized to carryout her work within the Uganda’s cattle corridor district of Mbarara and Kiruhura. The Rigumaho operation status is that of a Community Based Organization (CBO), a local Non-Governmental Organization. Reg. No.: 1597
Founded in 2008, this project is working hard to establish a self-sufficiency and conservancy seed project centered on cow protection. The idea of the project is rooted in timeless innovation and authentic sustainable agricultural endeavors a community based Association, Iziina Rirungi Rigumaho has composed and compiled in order to preserve the heritage of some of the renowned cow keepers of East Africa. The seed project will be located in Uganda. The initiators of this project belong to leading keepers of the Ankole cow. The people of Ankole have kept the long-horned cows since time immemorial hitherto by primitive methods. Available records suggest 2000 to 6000 years. In 2008 Iziina Rirungi Rigumaho Association was founded to promote an improved and integrated farm system supported by a basic value chain in nature-friendly agricultural practices which emphasize sustainable conservation agriculture. The Association will promote the self-sufficiency and conservancy organic farm complex probably Uganda’s first agritourism facility, whose capacity it will tirelessly develop to achieve certified organic pastures and products of international standards. The farm’s operation will be centered on the cow and advocacy for animal rights. The facility will be located 4 hours from Kampala, on a privately owned property (about 640-acre of land) near Mbarara town. Mbarara is referred to as the “land of milk.” Here the Ankole cow is much treasured. It is here that our project focuses its operations that will introduce to East Africa, holistic nature conservation only possible by total protection the cow.
Rigumaho Association is using the ecological diversity approach, arguing that the Long Horned Ankole Cow (LHAC), like any other species has its traditional ecological niche which once destroyed will be difficult to recreate regardless of availability of gene banks. Conserving any species starts with ensuring the integrity of its habitat. Laboratories however sophisticated, can not cope with the multitude of permutations involved in ecosystems.
Nature and natural resources provide important economic benefits, but also create powerful links between people and place. Building the values that connect people and nature into conservation initiatives will create stronger local interests and support for our work on the ground. Reinvigorating the values that connect people to nature also reduces the risk that whole cultures and their values will decline and eventually be lost.
Rigumaho’s Cow Protection Conservancy Uganda (CPCU) will promote an organic farm complex, Uganda’s first agri-business/agro-tourism facility whose capacity will tirelessly develop to achieve certified organic pastures and produce.