Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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As Tanzania heads to the ballots on 25th October 2015, members of the Network of farmer groups in Tanzania, MVIWATA (Mtandao wa vikundi vya wakulima Tanzania) by recognizing their role as main feeders of the nation and their majority (80% of the population) met on 8th and 9th October to discuss their expectations in the coming elections. The discussion aimed at raising important issues concerning smallholder farmers that should be incorporated in the various agendas of the different political parties. Farmers urged that their majority also makes the majority of the voters hence their views needed to be heard.
The meeting was attended by representatives of farmers from various regions of the country, MVIWATA partner organizations, Government Institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations.
The Regional Commissioner of Morogoro, Dr. Rajab Rutengwe who officiated the meeting, emphasized that the election provides a chance for the farmers to elect leaders that will help solve challenges faced by farmers such as; access to good quality inputs and finance, land ownership and land disputes, reliable markets as well as lack of farmers involvement in establishment of agriculture policies.
In summary, the following was discussed and agreed by farmers
• Since the future of the smallholder farmers depend on the next Government, MVIWATA members will show up in big numbers to vote considering their expectation and not on the confluence of the various parties
• MVIWATA to strengthen the network of farmers in all regions of Tanzania
• The Green Revolution in Agriculture Program only favours the commercial farmers, hence the Government is urged to change the program and focus on small scale farmers who are the majority.
• The Government was urged to solve the land disputes that exists between farmers and herders to avoid loss of lives, destruction of water sources and environment
• Farmers experience and knowledge should be valued and should be developed further through participatory research
• In order to implement the green revolution policy, markets should be built in the villages where farmers will trader directly with buyers to avoid middlemen who are unfair to the farmers in terms of quality and prices of the produces and build processing plants owned by the Government and farmers.
Lastly, farmers agreed that they will support a party/ parties and candidates that will show a firm commitment in removing an oppressive system and who will cooperate with farmers to create a system that will work for the farmers in the above mentioned issues to develop agriculture in the country.
MVIWATA also used this meeting to plan for 2016 and the priority was given to strengthening farmers groups and networks to increase their lobbying power.
AgriProFocus was honoured to be invited to this one of a kind meeting that aimed at shaping the future of Small holder farmers. We wish MVIWATA and its members a productive 2016 in implementing its plans.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

On 7:50 PM by Shambani Solutions   2 comments
The African poultry industry is dynamic with change the only constant factor. Using an experienced poultry consultant in your poultry business can accelerate your growth path to success.


As a poultry consultant with 30+ years experience in South Africa, I often get enquiries about poultry and related matters. Many potential new clients say they would like to start a poultry business and I also get enquiries from clients who have been in the poultry industry for many years requesting help because of a number of issues - productions are lower than standard or egg quality is poor or mortalities are high and we think we have a disease, or the profit margins are so thin our business is not making money or our staff require training and mentoring or we need to be more competitive in this very competitive market. As consultants we need to add value to your business over time - we can give all the information in one day but the farmer will only utilise a fraction of it if that as they will have what we call "information over load".


For the new clients starting out a number of questions need to be answered themselves before contacting a consultant. Here is a check list which may help:


1) Firstly how many chickens / birds would you like to start with - 500 or 5000 or 10000 or 15000 or 20000 or more? This question has a big impact on the size of the house/s you require as well as will the house be of a conventional type - manual operated and very basic or environmental controlled and automated. Cost also becomes a factor as poultry farming is capital intensive.


2) What type of chicken / bird would you like to farm with - Broilers for live or slaughtered meat or layers for eggs or are you wanting to do rearing - day old to point of lay? With this question one can then determine what type of equipment is needed such as cages, feeding and watering systems, heating systems, ventilation systems etc. Management is also critical to which type of chicken business you would like to do.


3) Do I have the right size ground for a chicken house or two or three? Is it level? Does it have enough water to give the birds at all times throughout the year especially in summer when temperatures rise to 35+ degrees Celsius and is this water of a good quality? Is it relatively close to a good growing market?


4) Where will I get my chickens / birds from - which supplier? Is there a feed mill close by to supply me in either bags or in bulk?

5) Am I going to manage this business myself or will I have a manager and do they have the skills and experience?


Answering these basic questions yourself can help a consultant to improve and expand on all those factors and so much more.


As a consultant we prefer to "partner" with our clients and to help their business's grow and be successful over a period of time. A good consultant should help you to develop, guide, troubleshoot and add constant value. I often get asked do existing poultry farms use a consultant and the answer is yes we are able to not only help trouble shoot problems and solve them but give the business a competitive edge within the market.


The cost factor of a quality consultant is negligible to what value they may continually add over a period of time. There are many benefits to having a consultant - some clients say it is like having a specialist in your business but they are not permanently employed but they are their when you need them. Seeing our clients on a regular basis ensures them that the skill, knowledge and experience is always at hand, to add value to their business and ensure that their poultry business is a success now and into the future.


For further details regarding the use and cost of a poultry consultant:
Email: shepwoud@gmail.com or Mobile: +27 72 150 7063


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AgriProFocus Tanzania in collaboration with SAGCOT Center and Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA) are organizing a Business Innovation Competition for Tanzania to be presented in the Regional Horticulture event on promoting innovation and Trade in Horticulture . 

The objective of the business innovation challenge is to award key innovations in horticulture in the categories of productivity, market access, access to finance, regional trade and gender/youth inclusion. 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
1.Private companies, producer groups, NGOs, research and academic institutions, and government institutions active in the horticulture sector
2.Posses a business innovation on Horticulture
Apply under any of the following categories: production, market on Horticulture access, access to finance, regional trade and inclusion (gender/youth). 

During the challenge, each participant will be given 5 minutes to present his/her innovation to a panel of independent judges . The public will also have a chance to vote for their favourite innovation via the online platform by liking the specific innovation they vote for which will contribute 10% of the total vote. 

THE WINNER OF THE INNOVATION CHALLENGE:
The best 3 pitches will be awarded a a fully sponsored trip to attend the event in Kigali covering transport and accommodation. The 3 winners will also compete regionally with winners from other countries for the ultimate prize. During the event, you will be given an opportunity to pitch your innovative product and your business case to expand your horticulture businesses into the regional market. The winners will also get media coverage in newspapers and TV. 

1.Become a member of our online agri-platform: www.agriprofocus.com/registration
2. Create your personal profile and your company profile. Check www.agriprofocus.com/faq-en for instructions.
3. Please introduce your innovation in a posting on our dedicated page: www.agriprofocus.com/horti-2015-competition. Our members can vote for their favorite innovation by liking your contribution.
4. Fill out the application form HERE and email it to hokoth@agriprofocus.com cc: kmungure@agriprofocus.com by 15th September 2015.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

On 8:24 AM by Shambani Solutions   1 comment
Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru
 “Now if the average Nigerian spends 100 ($0.6) per meal, and we are a population of 170m people, my question to you is this: why have we neglected an industry that has the potential of generating 51bn ($300m) on a daily basis? Those are numbers you should begin to think about,” says Cynthia Umoru.

This is according to Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru, a Nigerian woman who has spent the last 10 years building her entrepreneurial career within agriculture.

She started Honeysuckles PTL Ventures straight out of college, and today the business is engaged in farming, food processing and distribution. The company runs its flagship retail outlet Farmshoppe in Ikeja, Lagos offering a wide range of farm produce, including poultry products, eggs, snails, catfish and vegetables.

Speaking at a recent TEDxIfe event in Nigeria, Umoru told an audience the country’s agricultural sector has been severely neglected.

“Today Nigeria is the current dumping ground for food produce from all over the world. We have grown a palate for food we don’t produce. We have developed a lifestyle we can’t sustain… We bring in tomatoes from Chad. We bring in beans from Burkina Faso,” she continued.

“We spend over 200bn (US$1.1bn) importing rice on an annual basis in Nigeria… and only in Nigeria will people prefer strawberry over mango and watermelon that is locally grown. A kilo of strawberries costs an average of 4,500 ($25) – somebody’s salary for a whole week.”

She added it is up to young people to revolutionise agriculture in Nigeria and solve its problems.

“We did a survey and realised the average age of our farmers today is 55 to 60. This means in another 10 years these guys will age and not be able to work. What is going to happen to food production? We have left that sector, we have ignored it completely. It’s about time we begin to think of a revolution in [agriculture] and begin to effect change,” she told the audience.

“And you and I are the people who will effect that change, and the time to act is now.”

Food production is where the money is
Umoru noted young people often aspire to be doctors and lawyers rather than farmers because they see agriculture as less glamorous, and do not think they can accumulate wealth. However, she emphasised entrepreneurs can be successful in farming, and that she is living proof of this.

But it has not always been easy sailing for Umoru, and success has come after learning some hard lessons. For example, after the first five years of running her company, and at just age 27, she was bankrupt.

“A 27-year-old lady had lost 27m ($150,000). I had gone bankrupt, and interest was still piling up on some of the funds I’d borrowed from the bank. And then people said I was a failure,” she recalled.

However, within three years she had managed to turn the business around and owes this to persistence, hard work, and learning from mistakes. “It has been 10 years of hard work, 10 years of discipline, 10 years of learning and 10 years of preparation.”
But despite her own challenges, she is surprised not more young people want to enter into farming and agribusiness, adding the sector holds so much potential as everyone needs to eat.

“Now if the average Nigerian spends 100 ($0.6) per meal, and we are a population of 170m people, my question to you is this: why have we neglected an industry that has the potential of generating 51bn ($300m) on a daily basis? Those are numbers you should begin to think about.”

Opportunities across the entire supply and value chain
“Nigeria currently sits on over 85 million square hectares of arable land. Guess what, we have barely cultivated 40% of that land mass,” said Umoru. “It means the potential for engagement is still huge.”

However, outside of crop cultivation, she added there are also other opportunities young entrepreneurs and university graduates should look into, such as distribution and food processing.

One opportunity is in agricultural machinery and equipment supply. For example, she noted that a minimum of 50-60 tractors are usually needed for every 1,000 hectares of farmland. But in Nigeria there are only about two per 1,000 hectares.

“So opportunities across the value chain in that sector are so enormous. As young Nigerians it’s time for us to begin to think ‘out of the box’ and see how we can strategically position ourselves across the agricultural value chain.”

Source:http://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/forget-doctors-and-lawyers-farming-is-where-the-moneys-at-says-nigerian-entrepreneur/45915/

Monday, June 1, 2015

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The 3rd Tanzania Agribusiness Expo 2015 scheduled to take place on the 10th and 11th July 2015 at Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI). This year’s theme is ‘’Enhancing innovation in agribusiness to increase productivity and food security”.  


Interested individuals, Organizations, Entrepreneurs, SMEs, Consulting firms, Food Companies, Traders, Processors, Innovators, Development Organizations, Farmer Organizations, Seed companies, Media Companies and Learners are encouraged to participate in this event by filling the ATTACHED FORMS so as to book their space.


Also there are chances for sponsors and exhibitors to participate in this big event. For details on how to participate and benefits please see the forms attached.


For any queries Please CALL +255 718 664 645 or 0753 843 321 or email jbngomuo@eagc.org for more information about EAGC and previous Agribusiness expo visit www.agribizexpo.eagc.org

About the EAGC Agribusiness Expo


EAGC Agribusiness Expo is the region’s biggest agricultural business trade show which covers three countries-Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya which also bring stakeholders from across the world.


The Expo is a forum that will bring together all stakeholders from the closely linked sectors – agribusiness; telecommunication; banking; insurance; machinery among others to engage in dialogue with their clients, resulting in demand-driven products and services to satisfy the requirements of their clients.


Companies in the agricultural sector from seed companies, fertilizer, agric-equipment manufacturing companies, banks and other service providers will grace the occasion. Government, the private sector, donor community and other strategic partners in the agricultural sector are expected to attend the expo.


 The previous two years expo was attended by farmers, Traders, Researchers, Financial institute ( TIB Bank) and Seed companies. A total of twenty exhibitors eighteen from Tanzania and two from Kenya attended the event.


The objectives of EAGC Agribusiness expo include the following:

a) Promote a well functioning regional supply chain, focusing on trade issues affecting all sectors of the chain, and building a platform for reducing constraints in regional trade;

b) Build cooperation, interaction, partnerships, alliances, networks and market linkages;

c) Collect and manage market data, generate information exchange and share regional expertise

d) Promote investment in structured marketing systems including warehouse receipts and commodity exchanges

e) Act as the main certification authority in structured systems, and provide commercial services as needed

f) Recognize and support accepted principles of international codes of corporate conduct

g) Facilitate awareness of new technologies

h) Represent the regional membership at national, regional and international forums, and lead advocacy and lobbying actions for best interest of council members.
- See more and download form at: http://agriprofocus.com/post/556c0980d58d83452fb44baa


The 3rd Tanzania Agribusiness Expo 2015 scheduled to take place on the 10th and 11th July 2015 at Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI). This year’s theme is ‘’Enhancing innovation in agribusiness to increase productivity and food security”.
Interested individuals, Organizations, Entrepreneurs, SMEs, Consulting firms, Food Companies, Traders, Processors, Innovators, Development Organizations, Farmer Organizations, Seed companies, Media Companies and Learners are encouraged to participate in this event by filling the ATTACHED FORMS so as to book their space.
Also there are chances for sponsors and exhibitors to participate in this big event. For details on how to participate and benefits please see the forms attached.
For any queries Please CALL +255 718 664 645 or 0753 843 321 or email jbngomuo@eagc.org for more information about EAGC and previous Agribusiness expo visit www.agribizexpo.eagc.org
About the EAGC Agribusiness Expo
EAGC Agribusiness Expo is the region’s biggest agricultural business trade show which covers three countries-Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya which also bring stakeholders from across the world.
The Expo is a forum that will bring together all stakeholders from the closely linked sectors – agribusiness; telecommunication; banking; insurance; machinery among others to engage in dialogue with their clients, resulting in demand-driven products and services to satisfy the requirements of their clients.
Companies in the agricultural sector from seed companies, fertilizer, agric-equipment manufacturing companies, banks and other service providers will grace the occasion. Government, the private sector, donor community and other strategic partners in the agricultural sector are expected to attend the expo.
 The previous two years expo was attended by farmers, Traders, Researchers, Financial institute ( TIB Bank) and Seed companies. A total of twenty exhibitors eighteen from Tanzania and two from Kenya attended the event.
The objectives of EAGC Agribusiness expo include the following:
a) Promote a well functioning regional supply chain, focusing on trade issues affecting all sectors of the chain, and building a platform for reducing constraints in regional trade;
b) Build cooperation, interaction, partnerships, alliances, networks and market linkages;
c) Collect and manage market data, generate information exchange and share regional expertise
d) Promote investment in structured marketing systems including warehouse receipts and commodity exchanges
e) Act as the main certification authority in structured systems, and provide commercial services as needed
f) Recognize and support accepted principles of international codes of corporate conduct
g) Facilitate awareness of new technologies
h) Represent the regional membership at national, regional and international forums, and lead advocacy and lobbying actions for best interest of council members.
- See more at: http://agriprofocus.com/post/556c0980d58d83452fb44baa#sthash.PmezxkiB.dpuf