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William Macharia, an inspiration to young agripreneurs

William Macharia, an entrepreneur in agribusiness, has become an inspiration to young agripreneurs during a field visit as part of Youth caravan 2018, this Wednesday afternoon 28th November 2018.

William, a Bugesera based Agripreneur said that it was not easy for him to start his business in agriculture but due to his passion of the field and consistent effort made it to the extent of exporting some of his products in Europe.

“Market places are available if we as agripreneurs are consistent in producing quality harvest.  We are currently exporting some of our products like French beans, Sugar nap and chillies (habonero) in Netherlands.” He said

William, an agronomist and manager of Sunripe Farms explained to the youth the long journey it took to reach all relevant achievements they made.

“It was not good for us at the beginning, but as we got connected and exposed to market places, now it is better. For now the farm makes between 6000 and 7000 US Dollars per month.” Explained William

As possessor of 6 hectares farms, William took the youth along the whole farm explaining to them how everything works, an act that inspired youth to take action in agribusiness.

The farm in general is a solution to the community as it helps local residents to get six months training on agriculture. It also purchases their harvest.

“We train 50 local residents on agriculture in every 6 months period. We allow them to come to our farms to exercise what we tough them and finally send them to cultivate their lands for their benefits because we are the one to buy their harvest.” He said

William who started his business in 2015 said that doing agriculture as a business is more profitable. He currently employs more than 30 casual laborers and 10 permanent ones.

Sunripe farms Rwanda contains different farms include green houses, value chains of vegetables farms, chicken farm, mushroom and cows. In terms of irrigation they use dripping system especially in dry seasons.

Youth caravan 2018 hosted above 100 participants from different parts of the country with the main theme “Making agriculture cool, a basis to sustainable economic development.” In every year’s caravan, Agroprofocus, co-organizers and their sponsors includes a field visit session to help youth getting inspired in agribusiness thanks to successful agripreneurs who explain to them how they made it.

 

By RYAF Communication Team

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