Support a smallholder farmer by giving an initial capital of $50 to be in position to produce a high quality white bean product for export to an international processor. With $62, a farmer will buy good quality seeds, fertilizers, plastic drying sheet and ropes used for climbing beans.
Each farmer supported in this project who has 0.5acre plot, will raise his income from 0 to $564 per annum.
A 1acre plot requires 14kg of seed. Each kg of seed produces 45kgs. So 14kgs x 45kgs = 630kgs
The purchasing farm gate price per kg is shs.1500 (Was agreed between farmers, exporter and processor).
Therefore, a 1acre small plot will give a farmer per bean season 630kgs x 1500 = Shs.945,000 (per season).
In Sironko district, where this project is undergoing, there are 2 bean seasons per year. Thus, a farmer that maintains the same land acreage will earn Shs. 945,000 x 2 seasons = shs.1.890,000. Shs. 1,890,000 is equivalent to $564 a farmer on 1 acre plot earns per year.
$62 is seed capital per smallholder to start venturing into growing goods for the export market.
$62 will help a farmer purchase; fertilizer, seed, a drying plastic sheet and ropes for the beans to grown on. In a bid to protect the environment, ropes or nets will be used instead of stakes.
One of the biggest problem smallholder farmer’s face is lack of proper storage which leads to heavy insect infestation hence, huge post harvest losses.
Jay Fortune is encouraging all its smallholder farmer members with dry foods to adopt the use of the PICS Bag to minimize on post harvest losses brought about by insect infestations and minimize on mould growth of stored dry beans. A PICS bag consists of two layers of polyethylene bags; these are then surrounded by a third layer of woven polypropylene which creates an environment in which harvested beans are stored. After harvesting and thoroughly drying the bean, farmers place the beans into a PICS bag, and then tightly seal the bag to prevent any air entering. This method of triple bagging creates an airtight environment, and seals any weevils present in the crop inside the bag. These weevils briefly continue to consume oxygen, but as oxygen levels in the bags drop, and Carbondioxide concentrations rise, the weevils stop feeding on the beans, and quickly die, thereby protecting the crop from further damage.
PICS bags provide many benefits to smallholder farmers. Not only is this an effective insecticide-free, low-cost method of storing beans and legumes but it is easy to explain to farmers, and PICS bags can be stored in family homes– making this an effective way for smallholder farmers to protect their harvests.