Onions are the most widely grown horticultural product in the Morogoro region of Tanzania. And yet, up to very recently, there was no collection point available to stakeholders in this value chain. This is no longer the case: an onion collection centre was built with support from GRET in the village of Malolo B, in the district of Kilosa.
This place for exchanges, which is secure and adapted to suit the needs expressed by all involved, was built in collaboration with the local authorities, farmers, retailers and transporters. It is part of the Malimbichi project (Support for the production and marketing of horticultural products in the Uluguru Mountains and the Ruaha river basin), funded by the European Union and implemented by the Tanzanian federation of Farming Organisations – Mviwata (Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania), with support from GRET.
This new collection centre, which is now operational, will be officially launched in the near future. It provides a covered area for exchanges, including short term storage space, handling & measuring equipment, and offices for management. It is also protected by a fence, in order to ensure security for goods and people.
The management committee of this collection centre – trained and supported by Mviwata – is made up of representatives from among farmers, retailers and the district authorities. This joint management will make it possible over the long term to ensure development of this infrastructure that will include the vision of the various categories of stakeholders that make up this value chain.