Entry #46: Mango Man

Date: 2/8/2019
Time: 9:00am

Going in through Technical Immersion, it’s a breath of fresh air.

The great thing about Technical Immersion, the phase of learning about our nature of work as Peace Corps Volunteers, is that it’s real. It’s meant to be a practical rendition of what our day might look like from day-to-day. It’s the experience that I’ve been waiting for and it fired me up, and one of the hallmark events of being in PST so far has been visiting The Mango Man.

Who is The Mango Man

Fabled as this mysterious model farmer in Masindi, the Mango Man, or John Winter Bagada, is a farmer who works primarily with mangoes, specializing in selling juice and wine. He has a long history of lessons and experience being a farmer and also a visionary. Possessing the joy of farming, of doing something you want to do, is what propelled him in to the world of success that he sees today. And of course, he got pretty good at it too.

Many attempts, many strategies

Many times growing up in school, I was always taught to simply try harder. Just give it a little bit more juice! Things will be fine as long as you work hard; however, as I’ve come to age, Bagada’s story of his upbringing as this model farmer reinforces the idea that hard work, alone, does not make a success story.

The foolish strategy would be to try as hard as you can, focusing only on the simple strategies. It would be a waste of energy to put all of this effort in to something that doesn’t work, only to employ those same failed strategies over and over again.

To simplify our visit, overnight success isn’t necessarily a lie, it’s just the only thing that we probably see. Amidst the hours and hours of work that goes behind that success story, comes all the feelings of inability, depression, and failure. Bagada consistently pushed through the times of drought on his farms, his failures when he was originally a famer of matooke.

Exhibiting the Farm

Small-scale pasteurization. Simple wine operations. Self-sustainability. Smarter farming practicing.

Seeing what can be done with having only 4 acres of land to play with, and seeing this incredible amount of success on this farm, it poses a couple questions:

  1. How can we teach other farmers to build to a level of success, similar to this case?
  2. Is this an outlier of success in Uganda?

Success is great to see, but to be able to replicate and perpetuate that success amongst other communities to create a stronger community of thinkers and workers, that’s the vision I’m chasing. Simple success, like making money and having a bit of fame is a challenge in itself, but it’s short lived. Success that empowers others and becomes a foundation for them to build on is much, much harder.

I’m hoping to pursue the latter and do some good for the small community I will be living with in the Busoga region.

1 Comment

  • PAMPAPATI.UPASE , October 18, 2019 @ 7:42 am

    Dear Sir Interested in Joining Hands for Mango Alphanso propogation In Uganda
    Uganda is Producing 8,75,000 MT Mango

    Wonder full Opportunity for growing Alphanso in Uganda .It is king of fruit in India . Alphanso is only mango which will have high adaptability in the world wide .As indian season is from April to June and where as Uganda Season is November to March which is the off season in India demand is so much no one can imagine .Though India is largest producer of Mango in the world . India is having big Alphanso market in off season where Uganda can supply any quantity which India can digest in Off season If Uganda minds they can capture Total Indian market which can Fetch highest price in Off season from India entire country production can be air lifted that is beauty of Indian Alphanso .
    As i am A Indian farmer having 12000 trees in my farm in India with 25 years of old trees .
    Uganda can get the Alphanso Sion if Uganda Farmers ,Nursery In Uganda , Carporate companies in Uganda ,
    If they interested Move there Requirement of Alphanso Mango Sions (Cuttings For Graft ) to be Moved to Uganda Ministry For Agriculture for permission.
    Ugandian Farmer If they start Growing Alphanso they can get the extraordinary price with premium and entire Alphanso can be exported to India as a Off season Supply to Indian Market

    5000 Franchise can work for Alphanso Placement in India in off season From November to March

    As I am being a Indian Farmer Technocrat ,Agri Professional , Crop Desogner and project Designer Planing to work On Alphanso Mango Production In Uganda by shifting to Uganda . I can extend Technology in Alphanso Production , From Planting High Density plantation with 160 Trees Per Acre Can achieve 10 to 15 MT Yield per Acre on 5th year trees . Pre harvest and post harvest technology provision for all Alphanso Growers in Uganda from Planting to Harvest.
    I can extend my help to Graft existing Local tree to be converted in to Alphanso .Training provision can be extended to all Alphanso Mango Growers

    1 Nursery potentiality
    We can supply Alphanso Graft as numbered as required on Alphanso sion , I can send More than 1 Crore ( 1,00,000,00 ) Sion from India from My farm . It is good business and future we will have the Mango entire Alphanso mango can be procured with double the price of the All mangoes of Uganda including Tomy Atkins.
    Dont Miss single Nursery we can supply the Sion
    2 You should see that all can grow alphanso we can Buy it for Indian Market as December and January and March is the off season for India . Each Dozen of Mango can be sold in India at the rate of Rs,1000 Per Dozen In India ($14.5 USD) , For Uganda all farmers we can give the technology and it can be taken it as a mission .

    3 As coverage is more that much volume of the material we can lift and by Air cargo we can shift the material to India
    4 If we can get big quantum we can appoint sales Franchisee nearly 2000 to 5000 All will Invest money for Mango .India will consume big mango in Off season IN THE WORLD

    5 This is good and Big Venture for Us As we know the market we know the channels and market it in Very bigger way .
    6 We can place to all International malls too IN India
    7 I can creat a Brand which i already have My Brand Name is Bite Fresh
    8 Uganda can get biggest foreign revenue from Mango More than 100 Millions
    9 Hope you will work on it and think of shifting 1 Crore Sion and we will market all with Buy back .
    Each Farmer of Uganda can Get Production Technology Help in the form of Vidio Clip

    Mr.P.B.UPASE Bsc,Agri
    KARNATAKA INDIAContact No: +919448473420
    Email Id: [email protected]

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