- This is a desirable idea and I see a couple of challenges with accessing finance and accessing technologies that are cost effective and appropriate. If you are leveraging the government to access production inputs for farmers (a challenging thing in itself), it will also be good if it could be combined with provision of extension services which I believe is already on offer through the public extension system of government. Doing that will engender sustainability and reduce resource demand on the project.
True. For sustainability and proper resources management, it is important to cooperate by patterning with government. That is why, Government institutions, especially the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) will be one of our potential stakeholders. In fact, we want to make sure that the new project should grow make a reasonable profit to be an auto-financed project. Therefore, any financial support that can reduce our operational expenditures will be taken into consideration; for example;
Nkunganire is a government initiative that aims to enhance the management of best Agriculture Inputs distribution. For organizations, there is an opportunity to get agriculture inputs that can be paid after the end of the season or brought on reduced prices. And Twigire Muhinzi, the extension services through Famer Field Schools (FFS) provide us with access to the qualified personnel needed for training or other capacity building. how about NAEB which in agricultural export development and 2 of our team are full employed to this institution. Not only government programs, there exist other interesting projects under international NGOs such as USAID, DFID, IFAD, KOICA, JAICA to name the few, which support the agriculture sector, especially infrastructures as well as capacity building. So we believe that our project will be linked with these existing programs. The key is to push these agencies and projects to move beyond their focus on more production, and to support postharvest and marketing development for Rwanda’s small farmers. Additionally we are in close touch with the Postharvest Education Foundation (PEF), a public charity which offers free advice, information on low cost postharvest handling practices and technologies for small-scale farmers in developing countries. We also start planning how we make equipments, tools etc on site; we believe that there is no need to purchase expensive tools or import goods; that is why HI Quality company is linked with and reaches out to Specialists at government or Universities to seek for any supports or advices.
A PHMSC center will have three main departments: Postharvest hub, Marketing services and Information management departments to help the center give a full package of support needed by beneficiaries. The project will identify groups of small farmers to work with; a strategic plan with regards to individual group’s needs will be developed and implemented; and that will be established as a venture. Key actors and their roles in the venture should be identified and integrated.
Pleasure to read the feedback from the Amplify team! and here are my responses
the Idea will be implemented by;
HI QUALITY Company ltd is a registered company which is mainly in Agribusiness consultancy such as horticulture Postharvest technology; Food processing; Food Plants design and installations and office management. Thus this is a company which will implement the idea. Actually our team work as part time job:
Mr. Herve INEZA, a Postharvest specialist; Food Science and technologist, permanently work at National Agricultural Export Development board (NAEB) in charge of Export Logistics. With 8 years of experience in postharvest, quality assurance, food processing and certification capacity building extension services.
Mr. Jean Norbert MUGABUSHAKA, a post harvest specialist and food scientist, working at NAEB as Horticulture value Addition officer for 6 years. He has an experience in horticulture postharvest infrastructure development, cold chain management, food processing and extension services.
Mr. Didier DUSHIME, worker in charge of Market at ELITE Digital Company which is an Apple Store and software developers; He has above 5 years in Market and He has an experience in software for SMEs,
Mr. Aimable UWIHANGANYE, Head of Food Technology department at Musanze Polytechnic Institute. He has a great experience in Curricula development and Knowledge transfer.
Dr. Lisa Kitinoja, Postharvest training specialist, The Postharvest Education Foundation (www.postharvest.org) in the USA, will provide technical support and mentoring via online interactions and knowledge sharing at no charge to our organization.
And for the time to devote to this project,
The team use HI Quality Co. Ltd in their part time job mostly consultant services; meet for need assessments and evaluation of the projects. Regarding to the new project of Postharvest hub and Marketing service center; there will be a permanent personnel to run each developed venture then each of the Team will give minimum 12hours per month plus 5 hours for meetings in the start up phase however in a long term all of the team member will become permanent progressing.