horticulture

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 January 2018 at 12:03

Call: International Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials Seed Money Projects (SMPs) 2018

Seed Money Projects serve to initiate (or act as the ‘seed’ for) international partnerships for Dutch SMEs in the Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials sectors. The creation of a consortium is key in this. The objective is to contribute to the sustainable development of a local agricultural and/or horticultural system. This is conditional on the participation of a local problem owner (a business and/or government) able to point to a demand and necessity for the project. A Seed Money Project results in an international partnership feasibility business model. A good business model is managed and supported by business and must be capable of ‘tempting’ other potential candidate consortium members to participate and thus contribute to international system solutions in the Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials sectors.

Applications and explanatory notes

Applicatio

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Theophile HATEGEKIMANA This seems to be not clear and most of links are not in english. Would you attach the application form if it exists in english or provide more explanation please?

2 days 14 hours ago

Nicole Metz Dear Theophile, thanks for your feedback. The original source of this information is a mix of Dutch and English text indeed. Please note that the 3 links at the bottom of the page I refer to are in English. So just click on those. The 'indieningsformulier' link includes the English application form. I try to copy it here: http://topsectortu.nl/sites/topsectortu.nl/files/files/SMP%202018%20project%20application%20form%20(1).docx

1 day 16 hours ago

Theophile HATEGEKIMANA Thanks dear Nicole Metz

1 day 12 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 January 2018 at 06:37

NAEB in new push to ensure quality of horticulture exports!

(Source: The NewTimes)

The agricultural exports body has embarked on a nationwide exercise to register horticulture exporters as it moves to strengthen collaboration with sector players to ensure quality and boost competitiveness.

“The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) wishes to informs its esteemed partners and exporters of vegetables, fruits and flowers (fresh or dried) or those who plan to start such export to register at NAEB, a notice issued by the export body on December 28 reads in part. It added that this (list of exporters) will serve as reference and basis to draw strategies and also help to strengthen collaboration with the aim of boosting volumes and quality of horticultural exports from Rwanda by complying with export market requirements.

Commenting on the initiative, Eric Ruganintwari, the head of quality assurance at the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), said the exercise is designed to bring together

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Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Thank you Thacien for sharing this news! let all agribusiness entrepreneurs take this advantage to keep expanding our market abroad 

2 weeks 1 hour ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI In addition it is not necessary for horticulture's farmers to come for Registration at NAEB Office at Kigali! Just you can register yourself to Provincial NAEB's office in KAYONZA(eastern province),Musanze(for both Northern and western province) also in Karongi NAEB office.They have also mentioned that the registration would be done before the 31st january 2018

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 20 December 2017 at 08:15

How to protect pests and diseases in your tomatoes!!

Here are the eight ways (8) to protect your tomatoes from the diseases and pests;

1. Feed the soil Healthy soil leads to strong healthy plants. Creating rich healthy soil is one of the most important ways of combating pests and diseases. The best way to add nutrients and improve soil structure is to add plenty of organic matter such as manure. Healthy plants are better able to fend off diseases.

2. Fertilize -  What this means is; fertilize enough to keep plants healthy, and no more than that. DO NOT over-fertilize and practice regular watering. Healthy plants are much more likely to resist diseases and other problems.

3. Crop rotation -  This is one of the top ways to prevent pests & diseases on your farm. Move your crops around each year so that the same group of crops isn’t in the same area for more than one season. Avoid rotating the same ground with peppers, which can host the same diseases.

4. Weeding

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 22 November 2017 at 12:01

Findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI)  

I just received this invitation for a brown bag lunch, as it is happening at AGRA Nairobi. Still, the interesting part are the links in the invitatation text. Courtesy TASAI. 

Timely availability of improved seeds at affordable prices is critical to increased productivity by smallholder farmers in Africa. Improved seeds can deliver state of the art technology to farmers including higher yields, disease and pest resistance, climate change adaptation, and improved nutrition. Over the last two decades, formal seed systems in Africa have been gradually liberalized resulting in increased participation of private seed enterprises (multinationals, regional and domestic companies). This presentation shares the latest findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), a tool that appraises the structure and economic performance of formal seed sectors. For the top four grain and legume crops in each country, the index tracks 20 indicators in five categories: Research and Development, Industry Comp

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 November 2017 at 01:10

My Name is  Kalkidan Daniel and i am student in Arsi Universty; study Horticulture am very intersted in Agriprofocus and i like what you do for the youth generation in Agriculture.

Gizaw Legesse Dear Kalkidan, welcome to the network. And thank you for your comment. I see that your profile page still need update (https://agriprofocus.com/profile/kalkidan.daniel.28516). You can add some info so that members in the network can easily get in touch with you. You can always contact us for any help on how to do that; though I think it is very easy - just click on your name above and edit your profile.

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 20 October 2017 at 12:43

Hi people in horticulture. My passion fruits keep dropping when they are not ripe as in are still young and raw. what could be the problem?

Thanks

Phionah

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Phionah, maybe our friends from BAJJA FRUIT FARM can help you with this. Or maybe Albert KUNIHIRA? They are members of this platform who are active in passion fruit farming. Good luck!

3 months 3 days ago

PHIONAH KYOMUHENDO Hi Anne. Thanks.  Will get in touch with them.

3 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 September 2017 at 02:54

Our latest Newsletter is out!

Dear Members,

We are pleased to share our latest newsletter, there is a lot of interesting updates!

Through this newsletter, you will read about the agri-finance fair and market linkages event conducted in Muhanga district. You will also learn about the role of financial institutions vis-à-vis agriculture sector as well as some business deals made by the farmers during the fair.

While reading this newsletter, you will learn about the fruitful discussions from the round table meeting on organic certification for horticulture value chain in Rwanda. The participants of this workshop elected the steering committee which will moderate this activity in order to value the organic horticultural products and motivating the farmers as well.

Learn about the success stories from other model farmers, you will be inspired by the success of their farming projects.

Finally, there is also some job opportunities related to agriculture sector!!

Glad reading!!

READ THE NEWSLETTER!!

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Meru Farmer's Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  26 October 2017 - 09:00 to 28 October 2017 - 05:00
  Arusha, Tanzania

Meru Farmer's Fair - Tanzania

The Meru farmers fair took place in 2016 and had 9000 visitors, and this year is expecting to have more than 4000 visitors a day which for three days will make it 12000 total. 

Meru Farmer's Fair is organised by a group of farmers organisation in agricultural sector in Tanzania. The fair will bring an opportunity for peoples in this sector to meet, advertise, debate, learn and make business. Also the focus of the fair in commodities produced in Meru which are horticulture (vegetables and coffee), cereals and oil seeds, poultry and dairy (cows and goats). 

The fair starts from 26 to 28 of October at USA River, Arusha from morning to evening. 

For more information on how to participate and deadline for application see the attached document . Email: farmers.meru@gmail.com 




Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 12 September 2017 at 12:12

Our August 2017 Newsletter is out! 

We are pleased to share our August newsletter, with lots of interesting updates!

Read about the learning journey by Food security experts from 12 Dutch embassies from Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe and what they learned about the Kenya horticulture sector and the next steps in terms of supporting and developing the sector.

We also share with you outcomes of an exciting webinar that we recently announced here, which brought over 80 young people in agriculture from across the continent. The question was whether we can consider agribusiness as a silverbullet to youth unemployment. Read and listen to the recording. 

Learn about the farmer field days we recently organised across the country, and what the farmers considered as the most critical factor to the success of their farming. 

Finally, a big announcement about our NETWORK DAY 2017! 

Happy reading! :)

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Posted By in Inclusive and Sustainable Agribusiness
Posted 11 September 2017 at 03:14

What are the main risks and shocks that face horticulture supply chain in Kenya?

Dorina Prech This is a great question for discussion Dan. More insights on this can be found here >> https://agriprofocus.com/post/597b4c6626b72a19f3ce049f

4 months 1 week ago

Dorina Prech It would be great to here what the members of this platform consider as the greatest risk and shock for the horticulture supply chain. 

4 months 1 week ago

Daniel Kangogo Thanks Dorina, the link is indeed very insightful

4 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 September 2017 at 05:18

Bringing agricultural solutions to the farmers through Farmers' Field Days - Lessons from HortIMPACT business case 7

The Kenya Market-led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) is a Dutch funded programme focused on the development of fruit, vegetable, and potato value chains. The programme capitalizes on opportunities in the Kenyan horticulture sector while addressing some of the challenges that persist in the sector. Through working with Dutch companies, the programme has provided opportunities for Kenyan farmers and companies to build on the Dutch expertise and knowledge through applying technologies and methods that support horticulture sector development. The programme does this by taking a business case approach. Companies (mainly Dutch and Kenyan) come up with at least 50% of the budget, while SNV co-invests the rest. All the business cases are led by companies that play an important role in supporting small and medium size commercial farmers to develop their business. The companies ar

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 7 September 2017 at 03:02

  GOMOST LTD!  

It is an agricultural company founded in December 2016.  Our passion is to feed Rwandans with healthy white meat at an affordable price is our driving force. We raise the happiest and beautiful rabbits with tender care; this in turn yield good tasty meat! 

We are also growing chilli in GAHARWA, GASHORA in BUGESERA district. 

For more information about our activities, click here

 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 September 2017 at 09:27

Organic Certification Workshop for Horticulture Value Chain in Rwanda

On Wednesday 30th August 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Oxfam in Rwanda and National Co-operatives Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR) organized a workshop “Organic certification for Horticulture value Chain‘’ at Umubano Hotel, Kigali Rwanda.

This workshop’s objective was to discuss on the issues challenges and gaps which limit the development of Horticulture cooperatives among which organic certification is major and discuss possible solutions to address the identified issues.

During this workshop, there were 31 different horticulture value chain actors and stakeholders. The participants came from Government Institutions (NAEB, RALIS, RSB and RCA), NGOs and INGOs (Oxfam, INADES-Formation, and DUTERIMBERE), PSF (Farmers and Companies), Horticulture Cooperatives federation including organic farmers (ROAM) and cooperative union.

This round table meeting brought in more awareness on what, why a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 12 August 2017 at 11:46

10 BENEFITS OF RISED BEDS IN HORTICULTURAL FARMING

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

Posted By in Business Brokering Uganda
Posted 4 August 2017 at 07:26

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. 

Find more details here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 28 July 2017 at 02:38

Dutch Embassies: Food Security Learning Journey to Kenya 2017- Key lessons

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 full report is available here

The key take-home lessons from the journey include: 

Inclusive Business

• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour le partage, reconnaissons que l'Ambassade des Pays-Bas est très actif sur les questions de sécurité alimentaire en Afrique. je sais de quoi je parle.

5 months 3 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Dorina! The learning journey outcomes are relevant for all AgriProFocus networks across Africa and Asia. As a facilitator of this learning journey, I really enjoyed the open sharing that happened during the field visits and reflection sessions. I highly recommend all of you to watch the video (only 10 minutes) and read the different articles. Also check the original link if you like to http://knowledge4food.net/learning-journey-kenya-2017/  or the link to the 'Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands' page on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website: http://knowledge4food.net/partners/embassies-kingdom-netherlands/

5 months 4 days ago

Dorina Prech Nicole Metz indeed thank you for your wonderful facilitation at this learning journey. I also absolutely enjoyed the open sharing of experiences especially from the other countries. That's why it's great that all the AgriProFocus networks get to see what transpired during the journey. We look forward to the continued dissemination of the outcomes. 

5 months 20 hours ago

Posted By in Project – IRESO
Posted 26 July 2017 at 11:38

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. 

Yiki Habert Hello, I would like to one of the agronomists for WestNile, How can i send you my documents ? i completed Bachelor of Agriculture from Kyambogo University.

5 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 July 2017 at 04:31

Fruits and Vegetables Project Officer Job, Central Region of Uganda, IRESO Project

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

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19

SEVIA'S Farmer Field Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  19 July 2017 to 20 July 2017 - All Day Event
  Lambo Mferejini, Moshi

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 epaphras.milambwe@sevia.biz or 0782 495 833

- Clara Mlozi through clara.mlozi@sevia.biz or 0787 177 753




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12

Agribusiness Finance Fair - Kabaale

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  12 July 2017 to 13 July 2017 - All Day Event
  Kabaale

Agribusiness Finance Fair 2017 - Kabaale 

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.