Al-Hadhar Family is the group of Tanzanian students who graduated from Mkwawa High School located at Iringa region, Tanzania who joined together to form an entrepreneurship group in various areas in agriculture and fisheries. This group was formed on August, 2014 and based at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by looking for those who would like to join the group and inject their time and cash to make the group active and invest. Currently there are more than 15 members with its members aged between 25 to 38 both males and females from various academic background including agronomist who joined the group for entrepreneurship and investment by subscribing on a monthly fee of 15 $ (USD).
After a series of meetings on finding out what the group can do so as it can boost the income of its members finally we agreed to invest on agriculture and fisheries, hence some of the group of members were appointed including one member who is a land surveyor to find for the best place an affordable, not only affordable but it is also reachable. By April, 2015 we manage to buy 30 acres along Dar es Salaam – Mtwara main Road almost 100km away from the city center of Dar es Salaam.
- What we do and what we intend to do?
Currently we started by cultivating 8 acres of sesame and little maize expecting to harvest in the near future just to start exploring the field and expecting to add more acres according to our capacity and hence we are looking forward to utilize the whole acres and to add more acres in the future so that we expand our scope by venturing in Fisheries, Animal keeping, poultry and processing of the agricultural products and fisheries to add value on the product. There are a lot of potentials in those areas selected since they have a high demand and the market has not yet been exhausted, hence we hope we will make it.
We hope with these projects we will be in the position to eradicate poverty to some of the village members by buying some of their products that we would like to buy from them to boost up the out from what we produce, but also it will provide opportunities to the local villagers along the farm hence boost their income and have assurance of their life and education for their children. But also we expect to be a center for local citizen around to come and learn few things regarding agriculture so that they can also to adopt some of the technologies to boost their agricultural activities.
- How we do?
Currently we are working remotely, the land lord who sold her 30 acres she is now in charge of the operation since she is familiar with that area, that’s why we gave her that chance to take care of all activities including seeking man power for preparing a farm and sawing seeds up to applying pest side to kill all pest around the farm. In the near future we are planning to Build the better house for her around the farm to improve shelter since we would like add more man power at the farm to easy work on time. We are planning to drill a bore hole for irrigation scheme and not depending on rainfall of which is seasonal and sometimes not come when needed. Planting since availability of enough water has been one of our big challenge.
Drill small dam for fisheries which has been one of the major food across the country and yet the demand has not been covered. Bee keeping is one of the areas that we would like to venture this year, since this involves of just setting the beehives in the reserved place along the farm, and pack the honey collected in best containers to add values on it.
Generally, we can say that so far we are in a good position since we started at the end of the 2015 we managed to plant sesame 8 acres within short period of time, apply pest side and keep following the progress with little funds and resources to manage, the project but now we are moving along to make sure each and every thing is under control.
To add on that, we have started to mobilize funds from group members to get fund to drill a bore hole so that we can have a constant period of planting so that we produce more compared by depending rainfall alone. We hope to be one of the biggest young entrepreneurship group in agricultural and fisheries in the near future since we have passion, vision and perseverance to make our wishes realistic.
- What can we do with grant if granted?
As I have explained earlier on where we would like reach within one year. The first thing we would like to do is to review the market needs based on agricultural and fisheries products so as we can produce the best thing within a month, second to utilize some of the funds received plus our own fund to drill bore holes and drop pipes for irrigation system that can take one month time for 8 acres, third drill dams for fisheries activities that can take a period of one month drilling up to its completion a standard of 30x20metres, buy beehives and their associated equipment’s that can be done with a week, fourth buy processing machines to add values on our products as well as branding of our products to be sent to markets and medias for marketing. For a period of 4 month to one year all these can be done now supervision works come over.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Aklan M.Majaliwa (Tanzania) – wakotoba[at]yahoo.co.uk
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