Chillies and paprika are good smallholder crops because they are usually higher value than traditionally grown maize and relatively resistant to drought and disease. They can provide additional income to farmers alongside their maize, cotton and or tobacco crop. Reliable access to export markets is essential, as chillies and paprika have a significantly higher value on export markets.
AgDevCo’s working capital facility enables Tropha to build its outgrower supplier base, which has the potential to be used for other crops, including macadamias. In the 2017 season, c.3,000 outgrowers were linked to markets and at the start of 2018, indications are that this number will rise by a further 500 farmers for the next season. Tropha also engages a chilli and paprika expert to visit all farmers each month to inspect seedbeds and provide agronomic advice.