Bwengu Tomato Production and Processing
Providing fresh tomatoes in a resource-efficient production system
Assisted by government officials, the sixty members of the cooperative operate a water-efficient drip irrigation instead of the traditional watering cans in order to improve water usage. Fresh tomatoes suitable for the market are sold locally, and the remaining tomatoes are processed and transformed into sauce or jam.
The production is financed by the cooperative and product marketing is coordinated by it.
The usage of drip irrigation systems curtails water consumption, and the high number of farmers using their lands for tomato plantations instead of producing charcoal is diminishing deforestation in the region.
Bwengu Tomato Production and Processing is a cooperative that uses a resource-efficient structure to produce and process tomatoes, providing labour and land.
Malawi Irrigation Department oversees the installation of the irrigation systems and trains local farmers in water management and crop production.
OVOP is responsible for organizing the cooperative, offering training in market identification and processing skills, and providing processing equipment.
The 2015 SEED Awards in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa.