How William turns his shamba into business
William Maduhu (40) is a smart farmer. He wanted to know exactly what he had spent this year to Agrics seeds and what the outputs of his shamba (Swahili for farm) were worth. As to measure is to know. Despite the challenging season, the rainshowers came much later than expected, he managed to harvest 15 bags of maize, worth more than 1,6 million Tanzanian Shillings. He had spent around 350,000 TSH to the seeds. The outcome was a pleasant surprise: "I had never expected it to be this good!" says William.
William: "I'm not planning to sell all of my harvest though, as I need it badly for my family. I'm a single father of five children and I also take care of my aged parents, from whom I have inherited this shamba. When I started farming I cultivated only maize on all of my 5 acres of land. I roughly harvested 5 to 8 bags in a season. The Agrics agricultural training teached me to rotate my crops and mix edible with cash crops. Therefore I planted 3 acres with maize this year and 2 acres with sunflowers. I'm already looking forward to next season, if the weather works along I'm pretty sure my outcomes can become even better than this year!"
One of William's sons helps with unloading