Agricultural Non State Actors Forum & YOUTH AGRI-BUSINESS Anna Malongo of Chilolo, Dodoma is a 19 year old with a Form Four leaver. Anna was a sesame farmer when she heard about an opportunity to learn shoe manufacturing. It was then that she entered the skin and hides value chain as a processor and a shoe maker. Using goat and cow hide, Anna processes skin and makes her own shoes from scratch in her small workshop in Chilolo village. Anna has garnered a reputation for herself in her community and at trade fairs for her quality leather shoes. She is also applauded in her community for opening up a new revenue stream for slaughter houses by buying and adding value to the skins they had previously discarded. Anthony Mhanda is a 28 year old graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam. Upon completing his BA in Kiswahili, Anthony returned to his home in Mpanda – Katavi, determined to be a different kind of farmer. Anthony was interested in a more profitable style of farming far removed from the subsistence farming practices he grew up seeing. He entered the agribusiness sector as a bee keeper who adds value to his products by processing and packaging honey that is then sold through his company Tongwa Golden Honey. Using his entrepreneurship skills gained through his time at the University of Dar es Salaam, Anthony has ventured into fields of business consulting and agriculture sub-sectors such as rice and fisheries. Aron Idaffa is a 32 year old Standard Seven leaver from Ngage, Kilimanjaro. Aaron is a horticulture farmer specializing in onion and tomato crops. Aaron saw agriculture as an avenue to improve his family’s lives. Through receiving training on how to make farming profitable, Aaron has been successful. He now owns a FUSO truck that transports supplies to his village and crops to the market, he runs his own input supply shop and has succeeded in building a modern house for his family. Bertha Magembe, 34, is a secondary school teacher in Mwanza Town who is involved in several agri-business enterprises. Bertha was inspired to start selling fresh juice after seeing unpurchased oranges being discarded in the marketplace. She now owns her own industrial juicer and sells fresh orange juice in Mwanza town centre. Bertha is also a poultry farmer, who started with 5 chickens but has now 1000. Bertha and her husband are enthusiastic entrepreneurs who also own avocado trees and a moveable oven for baking fresh bread. Gaddafi Swalehe had completed his secondary education when he was encouraged by his sister to enter into aquaculture. The 22 year old started his business in his hometown Geita Town, Geita with support from his family and training on fisheries from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). Following the training he received on different processes involved in harvesting and incubating fish eggs and the technologies involved, Gaddafi’s business has flourished. Aside from selling ready for consumption fish to local businesses, Gadaffi supplies a number of other fishery businesses and fishermen with fingerlings. Gadaffi is also an advocate for aquaculture as a business enterprise. Daniel Dunia of Manyara is a barley farmer with over 500 acres of land. The 28 year old marketing graduate was inspired to get into agriculture whilst working at a horticulture business. Daniel has enjoyed steady success in agriculture by considering agriculture as a business enterprise. His business interests have expanded into other areas as a result of agriculture, including agricultural inputs importation and peanut butter processing. Once employed in agriculture, Daniel now employs a number of other young people including an agriculture expert in his company. Felista Chambogo, the 37 year old from Iringa, engages herself in maize cultivation. Initially she had a low rate of production per acre, producing up to 3 bags. However thanks to training from One Acre Fund, there has been an increase in productivity, currently she is producing between 6 to 8 bags per acre. For Felista, her success in agriculture has been significant for her family, as she is now able to better provide for her children’s needs and education. Priscilla Tango of Njiro, Arusha is a 25 years old lawyer, who decided to engage in agriculture in order to achieve her goal of being self employed. After failing to acquire a loan from microfinance and banking institutions, Priscilla received financial support from a fried. With half an acre, she started to involve herself in horticulture practices, laying down the foundation of her company, Garden Fresh. Some of the crops she grows include; lettuce, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. Priscilla utilizes modern farming techniques such as green-housing and drip irrigation technology which have aided her in capturing a reliable market due to constant supply of high quality products to the markets. With four full time employees, her company is also a source of employment for others. She has envisioned growth of her business by acquiring more land and establishing a centre for selling vegetables at wholesale and retail. Machel Tarimo is an accountant who has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Even while employed Machel was an avid farmer for several years when he noticed an opportunity in the value addition of horticultural produce for export. Machel (36) and his partners struggled to secure a loan for their ambitious business plan, however through commitment to their vision they invested their own funds to get started. Now their company Home Veg is a successful exporter of vegetables to several countries in Europe. The company prides itself not only managing the GLOBALGAP accreditation, the high standard of quality required for exported food stuff, but for improving the productivity and securing a stable market of the smallholder farmers that supply them. Mansuet Mlacha is a 31 year old farmer and entrepreneur of Same, Kilimanjaro. He is engaged in a variety of agricultural activities including growing onions, tomatoes, maize and rice. He also plants fruits such as water melon and sweet melon. Mansuet started with 3 acres of onions and tomatoes, the output was impressive and that led him to acquire more acres and expand his production to other crops. Currently Mansuet owns up to 13 acres of arable land in Same where he uses a modern irrigation scheme. Profits from agriculture have allowed him to invest in other businesses including purchasing a milling machine and motorcycles. Mansuet has mobilized other farmers in his community to be united when selling their produce in order to guarantee better prices. He is an inspiration figure in his community due to his success in agriculture. Mpoki Alinanuswe, 29, is a graduate from SUA with a Bachelor degree of Science in Agriculture based in Mbeya. Mpoki started growing maize on 2 acres of land he rented from the village council. After a successful harvest, Mpoki decided to grow his business through poultry farming and purchased 270 chickens. Both chicken and maize productions have proven lucrative for Mpoki who now has plans to expand his business. Mpoki also gives back to the community by offering training on good agriculture practices and advice on agriculture related issues. Tertius Luanda is an engineer and a horticulture farmer from Morogoro. Tertius decided to invest in agriculture after seeing the potential in self-employment. The 28 year old started with a 2 acre farm of watermelons that has now grown into 48 acre farm of watermelons, avocado and mango trees. This impressive growth was due to using modern technologies such as drip irrigation. Now Tertius has employed 23 part-time and full time workers in his business. Sufian Mvule is a 36 year old trained Primary School teacher farming rice in Same, Kilimanjaro. Through his small scale entrepreneurial activities, Sufian was able to raise enough money for start his agri-business venture. Sufian uses modern farming technologies such as irrigation scheme. His business has expanded and he is now able to employ workers. Sufian has also been able to purchase a milling machine and open a grocery store as a result of his success in agriculture. Stirmius Mtweve is a 29 year old with a BA in Mass Communication from The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Dar es Salaam. Stirmius and his business partner are involved in maize and poultry farming in Rukwa. Stirmius saw the opportunities available in agriculture and made the brave decision to give selfemployment a try and starting his own business. In one year his business has grown from 100 chickens and now has 1500. This is due to using modern poultry farming techniques. For Stirmius, this is just the beginning as he hopes to prove that agriculture does indeed pay. Wilens Lucas is a 35 year old farmer and entrepreneur from the Iringa region. After suffering the loss of his father, Wilens was determined to make a better live for his family. From the land he inherited from his father, Wilens started farming peas, onions and tomatoes. He received technical and financial support from One Acre Fund which transformed the horticulturist and entrepreneur’s business operations. Wilens believes in planning during planting and selling his produce. Agriculture has transformed Wilens’ life and allowed him to support his siblings to achieve tertiary education.
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