April 8, 2011
Published by EquatorialGuineaonline.com
Management and Economic Consulting, Inc. (MAECI) is in the process of planting Phase III of their tomato farm project located at the Mongomo Farm, located in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea. The Mongomo Farm is the site of the countries initial farm project with MAECI, which is a 750 hectare Corn, and Soybean farm and processing center. MAECI planted a test crop in a 9 hectare section of the farm to determine the ability to grow tomatoes in the country.
This section of the farm is maintained by 25 – 30 members of the surrounding villages. Once the tomatoes are picked and bagged or boxed, they are delivered to the local market.
The villagers are maintaining the vegetable sections of the farm, as well as learning the farming techniques needed to maintain a successful farming operation.
The vegetables grown on the farm will supply the upcoming African Union Summit, being hosted by Equatorial Guinea in June of this year.
MAECI is expected to begin a comprehensive tomato project in multiple locations in the country including the provinces of Cogo, Mboete, Niefang, Anisoc, Tegete, Oveng, Moyos, Basile and Riaba. The tomato farm is expected to produce 15-20 tons of tomato per year, which will satisfy the current demand within the country, and eliminate imports from surrounding regions.
The tomato output will be sold as fresh produce, as well as being processed into canned tomato products. MAECI will be responsible for managing the processing facility.
The Mongomo Farm is a 100% efficient (no waste) program, and organic farm that uses almost no chemical fertilizers. Everything produced on the farm is either sold into the market as fresh produce or processed, and by-products are used for fertilizer or feed for animal farms. In addition, the timber output from the deforestation process will be cut into planks for construction on buildings on the property, or sold in the market. The timber that isn’t of a quality or size to cut into planks, will be used in the charcoal project. The timber is burned in a kiln, and the charcoal is bagged and sold into the market. The ash that is produced in the burning process is used as fertilizer on the farm.
MAECI’s goal is to strike a balance between man power and technology in a developing country, importing state-of-the-art farming equipment from the United States of America, but offering significant employment opportunities the population of the communities where the farms are located.