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10 small chicken eating 1

13 Green soy beans 1

14 Banana bunch from monapo

17 Cattle at Mirrote 1

18 Teak tree with leaves 1

19 Goat 1

 

Chicken

Fazenda Mirrote produces around 200.000 chickens per year.

They are raised in 12 chicken houses with around 2500 in each batch.

Most of the production is sold as live chicken, for which there is a wide market in the villages and small towns of Northern Mozambique.

The farm has also established a processing plant for the production of frozen chicken, mostly for supermarkets in the region. In this way, all chickens are sold, also in periods when the market for live chickens fluctuates.

Fazenda Mirrote has set up a feed factory that produces 675 Tons of chicken feed per year.

For the production soy, maize, and a mix of micronutrients are used. The soy comes partly from the farm’s own cultivation, partly bought from other local farms.

The farm is experimenting with the use of additional  natural sources of feed:

Azolla, an aquatic fern that can be found in the Lurio River and is rich in protein; plus larvae of Black Soldier flies. Both are healthy and nutritious supplements, that build resistance to diseases and increase chickens’ growth rate.

Bananas 

85 ha are planted with bananas of the Formosana variety, which is tolerant to the Panama TR4 disease. Panama TR4 has destroyed banana plantations in Mozambique as well as in many other countries. The soil is improved with organic materials, Efficient Micro-organisms, and Trichoderma fungus, and in this way the disease is kept under control.

The bananas are sold mainly as green bananas to vendors and from a Jacaranda sales outlet in Pemba.

Cattle

In 2023 the herd consists of around 350 heads. The breed is a mix of Boran and local cattle. They are grazing on 1000 ha, being moved from place to place. In this way, they always have access to fresh feed and the soil gets improved in the process.

They are sold locally for meat.

The plan is to continue increasing the herd steadily during the coming years.

Teak

Fazenda Mirrote has established 280 ha planted with teak and 50 ha are added each year. Teak has been in growing demand for many years because of its strength, durability, resistance to water, termites, etc.

It is in itself a stable and safe long-term investment and is adding value to the land, as well as improving the soil,  protecting against erosion, and contributing to fighting off Climate Change.

Goats

The farm has a herd of 500 heads of the Boer breed.

Boer goats have good meat quality and have many other advantages, such as being fast-growing, having high fertility rates, and having good mothering skills.

They are sold locally for meat and for breeding.

The goats are grazing on 500 ha. The farm has the possibility to extend the grazing area and therefore the herd is allowed to increase every year.

11 Slaughter Combo

15 Chicken feed factory 1

16 banana nursery

20 Grazing cattle 1 1

21 Teak plantation 1

22 Goat kids playing climbing 1