Three outgrower areas have been identified, based on criteria of:
Currently Agro EcoEnergy is working with three groups of future outgrowers (total of 100 people – 60 female, 40 male). These groups have received training since 2012 and are establishing commercial rice farms. The 3 groups are from Kiwangwa, Matipwili and Gama and they have been 100% financed and supported by Agro EcoEnergy.
It is anticipated that the early formation of these outgrower groups on irrigated rice schemes will bring positive outcomes in relation to food security and preparedness for the implementation of the sugarcane outgrower programme.
The Outgrower Programme will substantially alter the agricultural and economic landscape of the engaged villages: