[Interview] Emmanuel Kisinda, Managing Director, Kikombo Avocado Farm, Tanzania
Kikombo Avocado Farm is a Tanzania-based company that deals with farming and selling of avocado and seedlings targeting both local and export markets, research and farmer trainings, consultation and management of avocado farming project. The company’s Managing Director Emmanuel Kisinda shares more:
Briefly introduce your company
Kikombo Avocado Farm is a business within the company known as Blue pine Co.LTD. We dealing in pine tree farming and avocado farming, seedlings production, fruits and vegetables production and farming activities consultation.
Is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the work-from-home trend affecting your operations? How so?
The ongoing pandemic has changed our operations especially on avocado fruits business due to restrictions and lockdowns. These measures have affected our export schedule and price of produce. We have found new fortunes in the local market as domestic consumption of fruits and vegetables has been on an upward trajectory in the recent past.
What is your company’s growth strategy for 2022? (New projects, expansion into new markets, new partnerships?
As a company we are looking forward to expanding our projects from 20 acres to 70 acres by the end of 2022. We also envision establishing an out growers scheme on avocados for our export business while looking for more partners. We also want to produce more seedlings to further expand our business and focus on fundraising.
What are the long term ambitions you’re aiming for, as an organization? (National? International? If international, what countries and markets?) What are the long term ambitions you’re aiming for, as an organization? (National? International? If international, what countries and markets?)
Our aim is to be the biggest organization that will carry the avocado business in our community to the international level by cooperating with more farmers to produce more avocados. This we hope will attract investors to assist us in building a pack house for avocados packaging for export market. Ultimately we believe that by growing with our community, we will help change their lifestyles.
Which 3 African countries do you think will perform best in terms of business in 2022? Why do you think so?
Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania come top of my mind due to their ease of doing business and the incentives they offer investors.
How will Africa develop as a knowledge economy in 2022 and how can companies contribute?
African companies should tap more into innovations and invest in its demographic dividend, its young people in order to develop a robust knowledge economy.
What are the opportunities for Agribusiness and Agritech in Africa in 2022?
African agribusiness and agritech has a chance to change African youth by creating jobs, entrepreneurs and opening up the continent to do business with the rest of the world. What we need in order to realize this is more partnerships and favourable environment for business, entrepreneurs and investors.
Any news or information from your organization you’d like to share?
We have been recognized several times in 2021. We were honored as outstanding youth in agribusiness in Tanzania in the Emerging Youth Award organized by African Youth Transformation. We were also feted as the Agriculture Influencer Of the year company in the Kilimo Marathon and Expo by the Shamba Dunia company.