Outgrowers’ Programme 

Psaltry have a robust outgrowers’ programme. The outgrowers are located around 50km radius from the factory in 4 different local governments, 6 clusters and 16 farmers’ organization. As at 2015,  Psaltry have more than 650 committed farmers cultivating 2500 hectares and several others who attend PIL trainings but not on her database. There is a plan of increasing the farmers base to 1500 committed farmers by 2017. The farmers currently have an average of 18-20 tonnes per hectare with the plan of increasing it to average of 25-30 tonnes with the use of fertilizer and best agronomic practices. Psaltry offer the following services to her outgrowers’ Farmers:

Tractorization: PIL give support to the farmers in terms of land preparations by offering them tractors for both 1st and 2nd plough. PIL currently have 8 tractors, 6 ploughs, 2 harrows, one boom sprayer with planter and harvester in view for next planting season. PIL have a team led by Mechanization/Agric Engineer; tractor technicians and operators dedicated for this purpose

Provision of Inputs: Inputs such as chemicals (both systemic and contact herbicide), fertilizer, and stem cuttings are provided for the farmers in the outgrowers’ scheme.

Linking them to bank for finance: PIL link farmers to bank in order to access loan to maintain their farm. This service is only provided to trusted and committed farmers.

Extension Services: PIL have a robust extension team of 8 staff who work round the clock to supervise the farms of her farmers, provide consultancy services and trainings as needs arise and also monitor their farms

Trust:: An unbroken trust exists between PIL and her outgrowers’ farmers. This has been developed over the years and it has attracted many farmers to join in the largesse of the scheme. Farmers are carried along before major decisions are carried out and most of the policies of PIL are bottom-top approach i.e it emanates from them.

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