Improves soil structure
Improves soil aeration
Improves irrigation water uniformities in irrigated fields
Makes other farming operations like weeding, spraying, harvesting to mention easier thus reducing crop damages
By creating defined walk ways, beds reduce chances of hard pan development.
Reduces soil erosion
Disease and pest multiplication in the crop land is reduced.
Improves plant root development
Increases fertilizer utilization
Plant population can easily be determined
CALL FOR PROPOSALS- ROUND 5: MATCHING GRANT FACILITY (MGF) BY PSFU
The Competitiveness Enterprise Development Project announces of 5th round of call for businesses to apply for a matching grant. The MGF is only open to private enterprises and associations operating in the following sectors: tourism, Agribusiness (only coffee, grains and pulses, horticulture, edible oils and fisheries) and Information technology/ business process outsourcing.
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In June 2017, staff from Dutch embassies across Africa, Asia and the Netherlands visited Kenya for a learning journey. The journey was meant to jointly learn and reflect on the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) policy of the EKN. Participants visited programs in four sectors: dairy, horticulture, potato, and edible oils.
The delegation met with Kenyan and international farmers, processing companies, expertise centers and NGOs. The embassy staff will implement the ideas and insights developed during this learning journey in their work at national level.
Read more in the comprehensive articles from the learning journey on this Embassy Special by the Food and Business Knowledge Platform.
The key take-home lessons from the journey include:
• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T... Read more
IRESO Project implementing partners meet
On 25th July, partners responsible for implementing activities within the IRESO project met to discuss practicalities for implementation of the project such as;
- recruiting community change agents
- selection of agronomists that will train farmers and youth
- designed strategies for mobilising 4000 farmers and 500 youth of whom 65% will be women
- defined criteria for selection of demonstration sites.
Solidaridad is a global network organization with close to 50 years’ experience in design and implementation of gender inclusive and sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains. We provide producers training and capacity building as well as create linkages to affordable financial services, markets, and certification and beyond, as well as participatory facilitation towards enabling policy environment and sustainable landscapes.
Solidaridad works to create impact along the value chains of cotton, livestock, tea, sugarcane, horticulture, Gold, soy, cocoa, textile, palm oil, aquaculture, coffee and dairy. We envision a world in which all we produce and all we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations.
The Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) Uganda Country Office is one of the three country offices, the others being Ethiopia and Tanzania. The... Read more
Seeds of Expertise for the Vegetable Industry of Africa (SEVIA) is organizing a two days farmer field days aimed at exposing farmers and other stakeholders to different vegetable varieties and technologies in order to improve productivity and farmers' livelihood.
TIME: 8:00 am - 2.00pm
VENUE: SEVIA IVT, Lambo Mferejini
Why you should attend this farmers' field days?
1. To exhibit your work, services and products to various horticulture stakeholders and farmers
2. To meet and interact with like minded individual and expand your network
3. To learn new technologies used in the horticulture industry.
For more information, contact
- Epaphras Milambwe through email@example.com or 0782 495 833
- Clara Mlozi through firstname.lastname@example.org or 0787 177 753
AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, GIZ, The Hunger Project, Bank of Uganda, Solidaridad Network, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, PELUM Uganda, IFDC, Caritas Kabale, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI, A2N, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Uganda National Seed Potato Association, among others are organizing a regional Agribusiness fair focusing on horticulture with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and brokering deals between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services providers including insurance companies for increased agribusiness investment, improved agricultural production and productivity and influencing an enabling environment.
I would love to take this opportune time to thank ISSD, NUTIP, AgriProFocus Uganda and Wageningen University for the Seeds for Business & Business for Seeds seminar in Masaka, which gave Global Fruits Parlour Ltd a huge platform to network with new like-minded contacts, I got a chance to network and build relation with Holland GreenTech Uganda who promised to share with us the designs of constructing low cost Technological Green Houses using local resources and the experts from Namulonge, it was really a remarkable day for us.
God Bless AgriProFocus for connecting us to good networks......
Solidaridad is a global network organization with close to 50 years’ experience in design and implementation of gender inclusive and sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains, farmers training and capacity building, linkages to affordable financial services, markets, certification and beyond, participatory facilitation towards enabling policy environment and sustainable landscapes and has experience in managing international programmes working with grassroots organizations, producers, civil society organizations and Central and Local Governments as well as with core and supportive private sector actors. Solidaridad works to create impact along the value chains of cotton, livestock, tea, sugarcane, horticulture, Gold, soy, cocoa, textile, palm oil, aquaculture, coffee and dairy.
SECAEC through her Uganda Country Office and with funding from NWO – WOTRO Science for Global Development, in the Science for G... Read more
This article (PDF) in Rural21 Journal assesses the impact of horticultural exports on food security in the exporting country. Horticultural produce is mostly destined for high-income countries and it contributes to food intake there, however it is unclear what their food security consequences are in the countries of origin. Many countries that have become important suppliers of horticulture produce to the world market – such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Peru and India – have high rates of poverty and food insecurity within their borders, and especially so in rural areas. In this article, a variety of direct and indirect effects of horticultural exports on food security in these exporting countries are discussed. Four components of food security are considered: food availability, food access, food utilisation and stability. The authors conclu
The 41 st DITF, Buyer/Seller meetings aims at linking sellers and buyers of agricultural produce to establish business relationships for selected sectors. The sectors are:
i. Oil seeds – Sunflower and Sesame
iii. Horticultural produce (Cabbage, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Nutmeg, Mangoes, Black pepper, Chillies, Okra, Lime, Pineapples, Dried Cloves, Ginger, Onions and Water melon)
Both buyers and sellers will be provided with platform to discuss the sector and assess the product availability, quantity and quality, varieties, delivery logistics, sales agreements and new market opportunities.
Find More details HERE
In efforts to promote and support transformation of agriculture from subsistence to commercial undertaking, the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) and the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) are in the process to develop partnership to safeguard horticultural industry.
The Bank wants to address limited financing challenges that face horticultural industry in the country mainly by addressing issues such as commodity trading, high interest rates, short-term loan maturities and rigid repayment terms without flexibility to accommodate the seasonal and/or cyclical nature of agriculture.
As an apex private sector association, TAHA has been actively engaging with government institutions and agencies, Development Partners, Private Sector companies and platforms, regional and international bodies in its strategy to promote inclusive industry growth and sustainability and advocacy for the growth and competitiveness of the hort... Read more
On Saturday 20th May 2017 Agromax will be conducting training in Luteete, Gayaza road from 09:00a.m to 1:00 p.m.
Ø Are you a farmer that is looking to increase his productivity and profitability through modern agriculture
Ø Do you want to learn how to manage labor, inputs and cost of production on your farm
Ø Do you want to understand agronomic practices associated with greenhouse farming, open field production, nursery management and more?
Ø Do you want to maximize on your land use by combining enterprises/practicing mixed farming principles
Ø Can you make a profit analysis?
At a fee of 50,000/= per person learn this and more.
Register today by calling our front desk on: 075(6)622465/ 077(6)622466For special group rates, please email us on email@example.com
The SEAD project is in essence, a capacity building project that is set out to address the skills gaps in the Value Chains of Irish Potato, Dairy, Poultry and Horticulture/Vegetables. It is key to determine the gaps in formal education, applied research and outreach services/non-formal education as provided by the education sector (both by TVET and Universities). Through the support under the NICHE-1 programme (a concerted activity conducted by CAVM and Q-Point), several Labour Market Needs Assessments (LMNA) were conducted that shed light on the needs of the labour market, especially from the private sector (farmers, cooperatives and agri-businesses). The SEAD Project gratefully used the available information for prioritizing its interventions, in especially the Poultry and Irish Potato chains. For the dairy and horticulture chains, valuable information was available from studies performed by SNV and Livestock research/WageningenUR.
The consorti... Read more
The event is organized by the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association (MFVP) Yangon & Mandalay.
The goals of the event are:
· To boost the quality of existing Myanmar Mango and Tea varieties for export to International markets
· To identify new kinds of Myanmar Mango and Tea and give their names
· To distribute the awarded varieties to different regions of Myanmar
· To create the market linkages with producers, buyers, exporters and others
· To display different kinds of Agricultural fresh produces and other commodities
The 3 Day event will be attended by:
· Exhibitors showcasing their companies
· 88 Booths with Chinese Exhibitors
· Importers / Exporters
· Input suppliers
· Agricultural... Read more
The Hague, 20 April 2017 -- A high level political delegation from Myanmar, led by second vice president of Myanmar, H.E. Henry Van Thio visited the Netherlands from 19-23 April. East-West Seed, represented by Ard Groot (vice chairman of the Supervisory Board), took part in a dinner reception for the Myanmar delegation along with other private Dutch companies who are operating in Myanmar.
Other members of the high level delegation are the minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. U Thant Sin Maung, the chief minister of Yangon, H.E. U Phyo Min Thein, and the chief minister of Ayeyarwady, H.E. Mahn Johnny.
“We are honored to have this opportunity to share with the leaders of Myanma... Read more
TANZANIA AGRI-INFRA EVENT
The Horticulture Multi stakeholder platform Met and discussed important issues affecting the horticulture sector in Uganda. The following is what was agreed upon;
I. Registration and Launch of the Horticulture MSP
Members proposed to have the platform registered as a network association so it can be recognised as a legal entity; to enable the platform mobilize financial resources through partnerships with member organisations. The launch of the MSP will proceed after the completion of the registration process.
II. Increase Visibility of the Platform.
Members proposed that there is need to mobilise more stakeholders to join the platform using the diamond approach of Government, private sector, research and Knowledge institutions to be interested to join the platform. The working committee was entrusted to identify potential stakeholders.
III. Capacity Building
Following the European Union ban... Read more
Empower East Africa was founded in 2010 with the aim of providing the markets with safe and quality food through effective training of outgrowers and using the best seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, tools and equipment. The Company is a limited company registered in Uganda and licensed to export fresh fruits and vegetables.
The fruits and vegetables export
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables is one of the fastest growing sectors in Uganda and it is listed as a strategic export in the Uganda Strategic Exports Program. Uganda has unmatched comparative advantage for growing fruits and vegetables due to its warm, less humid climate, plentiful rainfall and vast opportunities for irrigation. Soils of PH 5 to 6.5 are most ideal for most fruits and vegetables and vast areas of Uganda have this PH. The sector employs a large number of people and horticulture exports are worth US$35 million per year. Uganda is currently the second largest producer of FFV in sub-Saharan Afri... Read more
AgriProFocus, in partnership with Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), organized the second Business Drinks of the year on 30th of March 2017 at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa. The Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness and agricultural development community for an informal interaction and networking.
On this last Thursday’s event 55 members of AgriProFocus as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.
Belaineh Mekonnen is a researcher and founder of MOMALLOT, which is a private soil fertility research organization in Ethiopia. His organization is “working on the impact of the new way of home gardening through self-water... Read more