Encabeni Fresh Produce
Through our marketing facility- Encabeni Fresh Produce Market, we facilitate access to markets for farmers.
Encabeni fresh produce market provides a marketing channel for various types of fresh produce, this includes conventional vegetables, baby vegetables, chicken, and in future, other lines as demanded by the market. To ensure that farmer access to market is improved, the following actions are in place.
- Training - As part of ensuring that farmers handle produce properly during and after harvest, we facilitate training of farmers on their farms or at the Encabeni fresh produce market, where we have a fully equipped demonstration plot. These training is meant to ensure that farmers receive good prices for their vegetables as post-harvest handling is as important as production. This ensures that all produce reaches the consumer in safe and high-quality mode.
- Logistics Support - We provide transportation in suitable vehicles from farmers’ fields to Encabeni fresh produce market in appropriate packaging or transit containers. The transport system, consisting of a well-managed fleet of vehicles is coordinated to ensure that produce is as fresh as possible up to the end user.
- Quality Assurance- exceptional quality is the heartbeat of fresh produce profitability, thus quality control at the heart of our business. Strict quality standards are implemented, that includes farmer training and feedback on their produce, as they work towards world class fresh commodities. Our demo is certified to Global GAP and the Packhouse is certified to HACCP.
- Cold Chain Management- this is the backbone of fresh produce value chains, to compete at the world stage, produce should have long product shelf life.
Through our Farmers Support and Development Unit, we run a fully-fledged farm input shop
We believe that for any farmer to be successful in the agribusiness industry, they should not be delayed by lack of input supplies. In the farm shop, we offer farmers with all necessary farm inputs to ensure a smooth planting and growing season.
We operate a fully-fledged nursery where we manufacture and nurture seedlings of different types of vegetables. These seedlings are then made available to farmers through our farm input shop.
In conducting our fresh produce market, implement strict quality standards where we monitor the quality of the produce from planting phase to post harvesting phase
We ensure to train the farmer on the proper standards of production, and provide them with feedback on their produce.
Our organisation is certified by GLOBAL GAP and HACCP. These are the quality standards we ensure execution of.
Global Good Agricultural Practices (Global GAP)
G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice – and GLOBALG.A.P. is the worldwide standard that assures it.
They are a global organization with a crucial objective: safe, sustainable agriculture worldwide. They set voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe–and more producers, suppliers and buyers are harmonizing their certification standards to match
Regulatory Division (Inspectorate)
This function is enabled by the Import and Export of scheduled agricultural products regulation notice No. 8 (Amendments) effective 1st June 2013
It governs the local trade of agricultural produce to ensure that the country has enough food security, and local farmers have satisfactory market share for their produce.
Permit application and registration procedures for Importers, Exporters and Transits of all scheduled agricultural products are required to apply and register for the year.
Types of Permits and Validity
|#||Type of Permit||Valid||Permit Fee|
|1||EXPORT PERMIT||30 days||E 100.00|
|2||TRANSIT PERMIT||30 days||E 250.00|
|3||ANIMAL FEED PERMIT||30 days||
LARGER SCALE: E 250.00
SMALL HOLDER (maximum import of 20 bags):E 100.00
|4||POPCORN IMPORT PERMIT||30 days||E 100.00|
|5||POPCORN IMPORT PERMIT||30 days||E 100.00|
|6||YELLOW MAIZE PERMIT||30 days||
LARGE SCALE: E 225.00
SMALL SCALE: E 100.00
|7||MAIZE STARCH PERMITT||30 days||E 500.00|
Agriculture Market Information System (AMIS)
The Agricultural Market Information System of Swaziland intends to be the hub for all important information that can helps Agribusiness in the country. The information provided is collected from official entities and from stakeholders and may not represent all the agricultural business on the country as the national production is not totally loaded on the AMIS.
Available on Wesite and Android App..
This Web Portal aims to provide relevant information to all agricultural stakeholders allowing them to take informed decisions by analysing statistics on the business intelligence module, advertising their produce, connecting with clients, recording their agricultural production and getting the lastest agric News
There is also a free Subscription page which allows all users to participate on the Blogs and Forums with comments. Subscribers will also be entitled to receive by e-mail, relevant information on the agriculture sector.
Farmers have a specific section for them to register on the AMIS. By registering themselves, they can provide information regarding their Plantings and forecast harvesting yields and dates. They will be also entitled to receive relevant information by SMS if they provide their National ID numbers along with cell phone number.
Farmer Development Support Unit
We operate a marketing extension service that forms part of our farmer support and development through Marketing Extension Officers (MEOs). This service focuses on helping farmers make good economic decisions on the production and marketing of vegetable crop, fruits and other fresh produce.
We operate this service as follows:
The MEOs assist farmers to make informed production decisions, prime of which is production according to market requirements, including product specifications, varieties, time of planting and profitability of selected crops
farmers are trained on production methodology, pest and disease control, irrigation management, quality assurance, harvesting and post-harvest handling.
MEOs are a conduit for transmitting market related information to farmers. This includes price trends, production innovations, future demand, changes in consumer preferences and further training opportunities.
MEOs provide the market with information on production, expected yields and farmer locations. They also provide the farmers with information on when to harvest, collection schedules from Encabeni fresh produce market and follow up on payments due to farmers
Construction of Pack-Houses – High Value Crop and Horticulture Project
In partnership with ESWADE, we have constructed 3 state of the art packhouses that have strategically been placed near boarder gate facilities. These packhouses are situated in Jabulane near Mahamba boarder gate, Lavumisa near Lavumisa boarder gate and Msahweni near Matsamo boarder. This is a E30M worth project that was funded by the European Union. These packhouses will offer cold storage facilities, extension services and business development services. The purpose for this project is to improve the cold chain management of our local produce by bringing the storage facility closer to the farmer; increase the farmer’s turnaround time; increase the amount of local production; and decrease fresh produce importation and increase the amount of fresh produce export so that the whole nation benefits.
The Small and Medium Earth Dams Project (SMEP)
In partnership with ESWADE and the Ministry of Agriculture, we have undertaken a project to construct and rehabilitate small and medium earth dams and provide downstream irrigation infrastructure for the benefit of local farmers. This project was funded by the European Union, and will be in operation until 2020. Our role in this project is to provide marketing extension services and create access to markets for 1000 farmers.
Climate Smart Agriculture Project (CSMA)
In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, we are conducting the Climate Smart Agriculture Project (CSMA) which is aimed at promoting conservation agriculture and conversion of irrigation systems to water saving / efficient technologies. This project focuses on two (2) rural schemes called Mavulandlela farmer scheme and Intamakuphila farmer scheme. The Climate Smart Technology project was funded by the European Union, through the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA)
The 10,000 seedling a year fruit tree project
We are in a drive to increase the amount of different varieties of fruits produced in the country by both smallholder and large-scale farmers. To achieve this, we are in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture to create awareness on the positive value of fruit tree production. We piloted this project to 100 farmers where we provided them with start-up capital of up to 60 trees per farmer/farmer-scheme. The farmers are also provided with continued extension services from planting up to harvest. Further to this, we will secure markets for the different types of fruit, and undertake the preparation, pre-packing and sale on behalf of the farmers. We were happy to see a surplus production of the Mango fruit in 2019 as it shows that this project is reaping harvest for local farming.