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Bwengu Tomato Production and Processing

Bwengu Tomato Production and Processing

Bwengu Tomato Production and Processing is a cooperative-led initiative with a resource-efficient structure to produce and process tomatoes. The drip irrigation system adopted saves water, and the processing plant reduces wasted produce to almost zero. Members of the cooperative benefit from higher income as well as access to fresh and locally produced tomatoes around the year, increasing nutritional intake in local communities.

Assisted by government officials, the sixty members of the cooperative operate a water-efficient drip irrigation instead of the traditional watering cans in order to improve water usage. Fresh tomatoes suitable for the market are sold locally, and the remaining tomatoes are processed and transformed into sauce or jam.

The production is financed by the cooperative and product marketing is coordinated by it.

The usage of drip irrigation systems curtails water consumption, and the high number of farmers using their lands for tomato plantations instead of producing charcoal is diminishing deforestation in the region.

  • Expand irrigation system area from 6 to 8 hectares by the end of 2015.
  • Finalise the installation of a tomato processing plant, currently at 60% completion, within the next year.
  • Source markets and sign contracts for the products with chain stores during the coming year.
  • Provide capacity building of cooperative members in the areas of production, processing and marketing within the next year.

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