The farm cultivates 235 ha of bananas.
In 2022 the farm started to build a customer base in Northern Mozambique. About 50% of the production is sold as green bananas directly from the farm and through 3 sales outlets to markets - as street vendors, wholesalers, supermarkets, and catering companies.
The farm has invested in a ripening facility. Selling ripe bananas allows for a premium price, and the sale of ripe bananas is becoming a mainstay at the farm.
The farm’s laboratory works constantly on monitoring the positive effect of Efficient Microorganisms and Trichoderma, as well as testing other banana varieties for resistance and marketability, in addition to monitoring the overall nutrients program.
The best and strongest plants are constantly selected for propagation and are treated with Efficient Microorganisms and Trichoderma. These are produced at the farm to assist improving the plants’ health.
The farm has a 600-hectare cashew plantation. The soil and weather conditions in Northern Mozambique are good for cashew. Half of the plantation is newly planted, and the other half has been rehabilitated after the farm was acquired. Harvest starts when the trees are 3 years old, and they gradually increase in yield for another 7 years – and after that, the trees produce steadily for the next 20 years.
The production is expected to increase each year and reach the maximum yield from all 600 ha in 2028-2030.
Currently, most nuts are sold to a large trading company that exports them to India.
The farm increased the production of soybeans from 100 ha to 220 ha in 2023. The soy is sold for chicken feed and the production of eatable oil. There is a growing market for soy in Mozambique.
The soy is planted in the former banana plantation where irrigation systems were already installed, making it possible to irrigate the soy during dry spells.
Cattle and Goat
At the end of 2022, the farm had 100 heads of cattle and 300 goats. The animals graze at approximately 1.500 ha, where their enclosures are moved from place to place.
The short and medium-term plan is to increase the herds through natural growth and sell only enough animals to create a small surplus from this production.
The farm has a small production of chicken – about 40.000 per year. All chickens are sold at local markets. The feed for the chickens is bought from a nearby feed factory to which the farm also sells soy.
In order to lower the cost and improve the quality of the chicken feed, the farm experiments with growing Azolla, and use it as complementary chicken feed.
Experimental lots of hardwood trees have been established, including 20 ha of Teak and 10 ha of Eucalyptus.
The trees protect and add value to the land, and at the same time serve as a future source of poles for own use.
Other benefits are erosion prevention and improvement of soil fertility.