KPL is the largest commercial rice producer in Tanzania and operates on a scale seldom seen for other food crops in the country. Funding was required to develop a pivot irrigation scheme to improve yields on the commercial farm, allow for double cropping (maize and rice) and increase output to domestic and regional markets. The business is faced with an unreliable energy supply and has limited supporting infrastructure in its remote location in the Kilombero valley.
AgDevCo has funded the construction of a biomass gasifier plant on-farm (powered by rice husks – a by-product of the rice milling process) and to enable the roll-out of the 3,000ha irrigation scheme. AgDevCo is also promoting the development of KPL’s outgrower programme, enabling input credit packages and off-take contracts for smallholder farmers, previously trained by the company.