Farming is the main economic activities in Tanzania whereby up to 70% of the population depends on subsistence farming. Farming includes crops and animal farming and it’s the main dependence both for commercial and food security. Meat – beef, goat, pork and lamb - is one of the largest sources of animal protein in many diets both in rural and urban centers in Tanzania. It is a favorite addition in sauces, soups, and stews and is eaten everywhere in Tanzania and on the continent.
In Tanzania pork is mostly consumed in many urban centers and tourist hotels. It was learned that, many tourist hotels in Northern tourist circuit pork is mostly imported from commercial farmers from neighboring countries due to poor quality pork produced. This is due to lack of properly produced pork due to none commercial farmers in the area.
I am proposing to keep semi-intensive cross breed pig farming system as the main enterprise for pork production, as the meat from cross breed pigs sells at a premium price compared to free range system practiced by small holders in the area.
The venture will be the integrated pig farming business that will major on producing finished pigs for pork production and horticultural products mainly tomatoes under greenhouse facility. The farm will also engage in value addition of the same farm produce for the local market and for export as well.
The venture will also be a pig breeding place for small holders’ farmers in the area. The piglets will be sold to small holder farmers at a reasonable price and buy back a finished pigs for slaughters and marketing.
2. Description of the project idea
2.1. Goals of the Business
- To substantiate the profitability of the cross breed pig production based on the existing own two acres farm and sales of pork and live finished animals on the domestic and for export;
- To analyses the market and to forecast sales of the output finished goods in course of the increased production capacities;
- To estimate the expected financial results and to work out the financial strategy of the venture in terms of invested capital pay back
2.2. Tasks of the venture for the investment period
- To construct the pig house in order to provide a closed technology cycle – 1st stage – pig breeding based on purchased quality piglets; the 2nd stage – finishing the piglets to the market weight for pork production;
- To enlarge the share of the regional pork market based on the direct contracts with pork outlets locally and in the region at large;
- To implement contracts and to develop distribution channels for export of pork and its related products;
The chosen business idea is in line with the national ‘kilimo kwanza’ initiatives in agricultural sector as the main economy of the rural economy as well as to increase the production of animal protein in the rural areas.
3. The Holding
I have already invested US$7,000 in the purchase of the land with the aim of creating agricultural business keeping/breeding animals, and growing vegetables. I propose to build a barn which will be used for storage of animal fodder and the machinery necessary for the business. I will also use some space for a farm shop and toilets and the infrastructure of roads work area to facilitate the operation of the various enterprises.
4. CAPITAL COSTS
In summary below is a list describe the total requirement for the project to be up and running
Pig ban US$4500,
Storage facility US$4500,
Farm tractor US$30000,
3disc plough US$3000,
Farm trailer US$6500,
One greenhouse kit US$6000
To finance the start-up and growth, I've taken on debts in many stages. As I've purchased a two acre land for the purpose last two years looking for capital start implementing the project a significant amount of money is required for project to be up and running.
It is devastating to think I won't be part of this business that I starting from the scratch and grow. That the farm I purchased becomes empty for a long time and that so many of my neighborhood small holder farmers who are waiting for the project to start and be a demonstration farm and turning farming into business rather than to be a subsistence purpose. More than 70% of Tanzania population are living in the rural areas and depending on agriculture both for economic development and subsistence.
I need to start injecting cash into the business immediately for me and my team to start implementation as soon as possible as we acquired the money we need. This US$60,690 will get us through the start-up phase. I would love your help and
I am so thankful you took a look at my campaign!
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