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Annual Bean Business Meeting

iQFarmer Trust was invited by the Ministry of Agriculture to attend the Annual Bean Business Meeting 2019, which took place in Harare.

This is a gathering of invited players in the Bean Value Chain, comprising of Research, Extension, Buyers, Finance, NGOs, Mobile Operators, and Processors-among others.

A number of issues were discussed and analyzed to promote the production, marketing and consumption of beans of various types in the country. Financial inclusion models were also heavily interrogated, as Zimbabwe moves into the 4th industrial revolution-and the Tanzanian experiences helped to lay the benchmarks going forward.

A fantastic presentation came from the national mobile operator, who unpacked their financial inclusion and digital finance models for their existing subscribers, new subscribers, the farming community and agribusiness in general.

One of the sessions touched on a very interesting issue: the nation’s gross production of beans was 21,000 tons for 2017-18 season yet for the 2018-19 season it fell to only 9,000 tons. We asked iQFarmers for the possible reasons as to why this fall in gross production (all varieties included) may have occurred. These were also communicated to the officials coordinating the event and will be contained in the final event document to be released by the Ministry, which we shall share on iQFarmer.

An interesting point to note is that a representative from Tanzania of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) revealed to us that they have a yellow type of small bean in their country, and they produce a massive 100,000 tons of that single variety alone. Now, compare that to our 21,000 tons for all varieties combined in Zimbabwe.

As usual, I met up with some iQFarmers, what a pleasure to realise that our family continues to grow.

We greatly look forward to the 2020 Annual Bean Business Conference.

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