A group of six young farmers has defied the odds by securing a US$1,2 million contract to supply a large supermarket chain with farm produce.
The young farmers who secured the lucrative contract to supply potatoes, tomatoes and onions to a large retail chain with 52 outlets for a year since April, are trading as Practical Agro-Solutions.
One of the farmers, Robert Mthombeni, who is an agronomist said the journey started in 2009 after the six, who are all in their 30s, obtained qualifications in agriculture.
“We attained qualifications in agriculture from Blackfordy and after acquiring some work experience with Interfresh, we decided to go into business. We started off with producing peas which we supplied to Rolex
Shingirai Kubare, the company’s Head Agronomist, said meeting high quality standards and contractual obligations is key in maintaining market confidence.
While it seems a daunting task to meet delivery targets of 36 tonnes per week, the journey of the young farmers has however become a testimony of the success of the land reform programme and youth empowerment policy spearheaded by the Zanu PF government.