Years ago, our sugarcane farm was the center of our world. My siblings and I all relied on that farm to fund our education. My mother and I would often visit the farm to sell sugarcane, where I acted as an accountant, recording the daily sugarcane sales, and my mother served as a supervisor, negotiating prices with middlemen. The money earned from the farm was used to pay for my brothers' boarding school fees.
This sugarcane farm holds a special place in our hearts, which is why we refer to it as the "The miracle sugarcane farm."
Our neighbors, who were also farmers, were just as impoverished as we were, yet their struggles inspired us. Even after my mother passed away and left us to face hardship alone, we remained determined. Many people came to us, claiming they wanted to help. Some were from non-governmental organizations, while others were from the government. They offered kind words and promised to improve our farming, but we have yet to see any tangible results.
As I graduated from University and returned home to my dear village, I paid a visit to our beloved sugarcane farm. It shatters my soul to witness the struggles that smallholder farmers in my community continue to face. The pain is so real as I see their struggles firsthand. It is a constant reminder of the tough journey that lies ahead of me with these courageous and diligent individuals. But despite the challenges, I remain optimistic and determined to do everything within my power to bring about positive change for these deserving farmers.
Every day, I promise myself that I will take action to enhance the livelihoods of these humble small-scale farmers. Through my own personal experiences as a youthful farmer, I have seen the challenges and suffering of my fellow farmers firsthand. It is this frustration that inspired me to create the Mazao Hub ERP System. Despite facing numerous difficulties, we have never lost hope. We have always been fueled by hope, and that hope has never wavered.
I am deeply grateful to the manufacturing companies in Shinyanga who placed their faith in us from the outset and adopted the Mazao Hub ERP system to oversee their smallholder farmers and farming operations, ranging from preparing the land to harvesting the crops and transporting them to collection centers and warehouses. My gratitude extends to the cooperatives that have placed their trust in us, as well as the various agricultural boards that have selected the Mazao Hub ERP system, tailored to their specific requirements. You may be wondering, what is the Mazao Hub and how does it benefit individual farmers?
1. Mazao Hub: SaaS based Digital Agriculture and Farm ERP platform to manage farmers, farming activities and control complex farm operations, make data-driven decisions, optimize cost, improve yields based on real-time insights and advanced field analytics from planning to harvest designed for Individual Farmers, Commercial Farmers, Agro dealers, Farming Cooperatives, Manufacturers, Traders and all other agricultural stakeholders. With Mazao Hub as farmer you can
ü Map your contract farmers, farms including farm measurement using mobile App with google coordinates, Seedlings, Plan and budget all the way based on the season from Land Preparation, Sowing, fertilizing to pre and post-harvest, storage and all related Good Agricultural Practices based on the crops.
ü Manage the entire farm activities and related inventories, monitor farm progress with detection tools, automated agronomy workflow and Agribots based on the crops including inventory, weather forecasting reports, expenses, human resources from Land Preparation to harvest and storage
ü Manage and Monitor harvest, crop collection from farms to various collection centers integrated with other aggregators like logistics to warehouses. Connected together with our integrated supply chain management systems namely warehouse, logistics and delivery, purchase and financial management.
Mazao Hub main functionalities:
a) Farm Resource Management (Crop, fields, machinery, people, inventory)
b) Farm operations (planning, tracking, and analyzing complete crop production)
c) Farm Scouting (NDVI Satellite Imagery, pest and disease knowledge-base, photo evidence with geo-tagging)
d) Weather and risk intelligence (Weather data, weather alarms, pest and diseases risk alarms.)
e) Farm Finance Management (invoices, payables and receivables, budget, loan management)
f) Farm dashboards and analytics (field analysis, yield analysis, crop profitability, ROI, farm finance KPI's, reports)
g) Traceability report
Mazao Hub Platform is accessible here : www.mazaohub.com and available on Google Playstore as Mazao Hub. We have users in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Congo, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda but our headquarters is based in Dar es Salaam at Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) building, 3rd Floor.