YAP proposal #401: Set the Good Example (Mensa Kwami Tsedze, Togo)

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Who am I?

My name is Mensa Kwami Tsedze, 25 I hold a degree in biology and physiology from the University of Lomé. I am very passionate about environmental and climate issues, which has led me to be active in several environmental organizations and co-founding IDEAS for Togo in May 2013.

Appointed Regional Ambassador for the TUNZA, programme jointly established by UNEP and Samsung, I represented the West African sub-region in several environmental and climate meeting worldwide. Also I had to represent Togo in several encounters with One Young World in Dublin, World Student Summit on Environment in Stellenbosch in South Africa, and many others.

I am firmly convinced that food self-sufficiency and solving the unemployment problem in Africa necessarily going through the agriculture

My motivations

In Togo, we consume much onion but we do not produce enough to cover domestic consumption. It has to import thousands of tonnes of this vegetable from country such as Niger and Burkina Faso in order to meet domestic consumption.

Yet, Togo has enormous potential to develop the onion crop and be self-sufficient. The availability of arable land and water are some assets which Togo has to engage in the production of this commodity.

I have always maintained that Togo can produce onion enough to satisfy domestic consumption. That’s why I want to show the way through my project.

Project description.

I want to show the way for my young compatriots throwing me in onion production. To do this, I have a land with an area of ​​2 ha in the Agou prefecture located some 108 km from the capital Lome.

My plan is to use my land to produce at least 160 tonnes of onions per year. An onion production season lasts 4 months. The idea is to make two campaigns a year for 40 tonnes per year.

A dozen young people will be recruited to be involved in the realization of the project. Their task will be to help me in different stages of the production run. Such as soil preparation, planting nurseries, hoeing, weeding and harvesting.

Watering the site will be provided by a system assumes drop count. A suitable warehouse will be built to ensure the storage and conservation of bio onion.

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The operation will achieve an annual turnover of at least USD 8,000 per year. What to increase my self-financing capacity, expand operations and to ensure descent remuneration to youth involved in the operation of the farm.

For marketing the product, I plan to organize a farm sale grouped with wholesalers in the region. This will enable them not to make the trip to Niger or Burkina Faso to stock.

Eventually, my ambition is to acquire 15 hectares of land and operate it in onion production. These 15 hectares will produce at least 1,200 tonnes of onions per year, which will recruit more young people in the operation, to supply other countries in the market and significantly reduce onion imports.

Budget (USD)

Property and equipment ………………………………………………………… 1,200

Establishment of an irrigation drip system …………… … ………………………700

Purchase of input and maintains operations …………………………………..600

Construction of a storage and conservation warehouse……………………….2,000

Working capital……………………………………………………………………………500

 

Blogpost and picture submitted by Mensa Kwami Tsedze (Togo): halbanny[at]gmail.com

The content, structure and grammar are at the discretion of the author only.

 

This post is published as proposal #401 of “YAP” – our “Youth Agripreneur Project”.

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