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Namakwaland Farms christ-centered sustainable community development through ETHICAL coMMercial agricultural production

Tobias & Ansofie Basson, Nikola, Marissa, Karla-Mari, Tobias Jr.

Husband and wife team, Tobias and Ansofie Basson, are seasoned and experienced Agropreneurs based in Clanwilliam, Western Cape South Africa, with a passion to serve Africa, and its people through best-practise ethical commercial agriculture.

Ethical business practise is achieved when economic, human, social and enviromental capital is developed and maintained, balancing the human and production emphasis. In Namakwaland Farms in South Africa, mainly farm and pack, citrus for the international Northern Hemisphere export market and vegetables (sweetcorn, watermelon, butternut) for the local market. Currently in Uganda, Masaka, Lake Birinzi they produce the highest quality, ground nuts (peanuts) and exotic wild coffees, mainly for export.

The quality of every product we produce depends on the expertise, passion and love of our wonderful production team. Our staff are not employees, they are part of the family, and part of the vision. We strive to not only create the best conditions for our produce to flourish, but also to ensure we maintain an atmosphere where every staffmember will achieve their best potential.

Our staff and employees our greatest asset!

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-5

Our Objectives

  • High PRODUCTION maximum yield per ha.
  • High QUALITY maximum nutritional value.
  • High PROFITABILITY sustainable profit and cost-effective.
  • High MORAL road ethical standards in business and marketing.
  • High farming STANDARDS and best practice technologies.

OUR VALUES

RESPECT
PASSION
INTEGRITY
TOGETHER

Namakwaland Farms provides a vehicle for the local farmer, to penetrate local fresh food markets. We are actively pursuing to be a producer of choice to these retailers, through packaging, consistency, quality, and ethical business practice.

  • We strive to limit the use of pesticides, achieving optimum marketing standards and quality specifications.
  • Provide authentic labeling and packaging.
  • Attain optimum plant & tree health.
  • Limit contaminants to achieve highest nutritional value.
  • Provide necessary certification required by specific retail outlets.
  • Lower the fossil fuel usages by obtaining electricity from wind and solar power sources.

Citrus

Total ha RSA: 120

Export and local market packing facilities

Season: April - October

Varieties: Early- to Late Navels, Satsuma's, Clementines, Mandarins(Exotic Varieties), Valencia types.

Sweet potato (Under trial)

Total ha Uganda: 20

Seasonal Availability: As we explore markets there seem to be a good demand for sweet potato and is widely grown within our area. Also a good crop for giving to outgrowers as the understand it well. We are entering the seedstock multiplication for export.

Sweet Corn

Total ha in SA: 70

Seasonal availability: December to June

Potato

Total ha in Uganda: 20

Seasonable availability: With the raising of the import tax on fresh and processed potatoes to 60% for the 19/20 financial year, there is a sudden demand for domestic production for the more specialized markets like crisps and potatoes for up-market restaurants. Between Café Javas (fresh 30 tons) and Processors (10 tons) there is a good proposition for potatoes production contracts for 40 tons per week at good prices.

Hot Peppers

Total ha Uganda: 5

Seasonal Availability: Capsicums are grown consisting of Habanero, Chilli and Piquant peppers . With recent interception of False Codling Moth larvae in overseas shipments from Uganda, very tight protocols for production and packaging has been put in place. This opens the opportunity for putting up of adequate facilities where good quality control measures can be implemented. With our production expertise we will also be able to meet the higher quality control demands of the market.

Ground Nuts

Total ha Uganda: 66

Seasonal Availability: Currently we produce fresh peanuts on a weekly basis throughout the year. We deliver between 800 to 1000 boxes of 6kg peanuts per week. This we acquire through a two weekly planting of 3 hectares. Irrigation gives us the ability for year round production. Our pricing is very fixed on around 20,000 UGX per box. It amounts to around $5.30 US per box.

Watermelon

Total ha RSA: 30

Seasonal availability seeded: November - January

Seasonal availability seedless: December - April

Exotic Coffee

Total ha Uganda: 2 (Outgrowers only for now, 25 hectares to be planted)

There is a good market for specialized wild coffee. Coffee is widely grown in our area. We already started with outgrowers supplying us and processing it. The market loves the product.

Future Production Investment Options:

Wild coffee planting: With around 10,000 trees ready in our nursery, this is a very exiting opportunity to get involved in. The Kisansa tree, an indigenous wild coffee tree of our area, once thought to be almost extinct in Uganda are grown on a very small scale in our area. The unique fruity coffee aroma with a unpresidented lingering sweet aftertaste blew many coffee connoisseurs away. Ideally for the speciality market as a unique marketable single origin coffee or for blending those elements in high value coffee blends, it is really something to get excited about. As a wild coffee it is extremely resilient to diseases and pests and will therefore be grown organically, further strengthening it as a high end coffee.

Amount needed: Opportunity to be discussed with interested parties.

Preferred Potato Seed Provider: Our farm in Masaka is ideally situated, and isolated from the main potato production areas, enabling us to reproduce quality seed in quarantine. Small-scale farmers cannot afford or obtain quality seed and recycle the same seed over and over, leading to poorer and poorer crop yields. All equipment on ground are present for production. Investment mainly for working capital.

Amount Needed: $100,000

Outgrowers export program: We have been in the export market of Citrus for almost 2 decades, and thus understand the food-safety regulations and protocols very well. Thus our vision to establish this farm as a primary export enterprise in Uganda. We therefore see ourselves as bridge-builders for local out-growers to benefit of higher income sources. Good market opportunity exists and our climate enable us to supply customers with year round production, a major concern for clients like supermarket chains.

Packhouse structure and terrain: $50,000

Packhouse equipment: $150,000

Electricity. Our first biggest challenge is to get connected to the main grid. Currently we use generators for Electricy. To get connected to the closet point(2,5 miles), necessary distribution switchgear and network connection will cost:

Amount: $50,000

Community Development Investment

OUTGROWERS

The Small-hold farmer is the backbone of Agriculture in Africa. Many African landowners have become discouraged because of the many overwhelming challenges they face each year: Global warming resulting droughts and flooding, diseases and pests, no capital, poor seed, lack of knowledge and isolation. Eventually, many of these people seek work in Urban centers and abandon their first love. Amount needed to fund a program, getting interested farmers on board and to take them through a inception phase of one year.

Amount: $20,000

FOUNDATION FOR FARMING

Although Foundations for Farming is a resource to teach improved and sustainable conservation agriculture methods to local farmers, based on biblical principles. John Mugisha has implemented the model on a 2 acre adjacent plot on the farm, to showcase the improved results, and now recruit and train individual local farmers to implement the best practise principals under his supervision. Amount needed for training farmers who will not likely join an outgrower scheme from the beginning, but to improve their livelihood and broaden their horizon.

$10,000

TRAINING CENTER:

We are planning to construct a multipurpose centre that can be used for: Farmer skills training, practical farmer courses, childcare, school aftercare and to be used as a community centre for gatherings

$50,000

Serving our community

FIRST USE LOCAL PEOPLE

Our policy is to source our labour from the local community first, building a good relationship with the Chief, and Birinzi Leaders. We also partner with Foundations for Cross-cultural Education, to empower the local community to raise themselves out of their precarious circumstances.

CHILD CARE

We are partnering and supporting a local NGO, Uganda Childcare, an organisation founded in 2000 by Ruth and Carsten Jespersen to take care of the needs and necessities of children. We also support a young energetic Teacher and now School Master Agnes Nikiza, of “Lovely Agnes NUR & primary School, in Kyabadaaza, Butambala District of about 600 children.

LOCAL CHURCH

“Reform the church to reform the land”

We believe the church is a vital partner with National Government to bring positive community transformation to a nation. Our work in a nation is primary through bringing reformation in mindsets, values, traditions, and the hearts of the church towards a Christ-centered theology and practice.

We are currently busy establishing a Miracle Bible College and Training Centre in Masaka, Uganda focussed on:

  • Spiritual and Religious Studies – Miracle Bible College
  • Small Holding Farmer training – Foundations for Farming
  • Business Ethics & Professionalism – Work4aLiving
  • Mentoring to existing commercial farmers – Knowledge Transfer

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