Macadamias can be produced successfully in areas where avocados, coffee, papayas, mangoes and bananas do well. Macadamia take three to four years to mature. A mature macadamia tree can produce over 300 kilos of nuts in a year. There is readily export market for macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts are also grown in Brazil, California Israel, Thailand, South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, Swaziland, Costa Rica, New Zealand Colombia and Guatemala. Major buyers of macadamia nuts in the world are United States of America, Hong Kong, China, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, Chinese Taipei, and Italy. Tanzania has recently been just a new comer in this industry as a producer. The macadamia farming has been introduced in Mbeya, Njombe and Songwe regions.
Problem addressed by Jagrin Agriculture Company Limited:
Grafted macadamias farming is an emerging cash crop in Tanzania with a very big potential of generating foreign exchange through macadamia nuts exports. Tanzania has a very huge potential of being among the major exporters of macadamia nuts in the world due to its geographical location and the fact that macadamia grows well in all areas where coffee is doing well. We at Jagrin Agriculture Company Limited are determined to be among the early adopters of the newly established crop to unleash its high market value potentials.
Our macadamia nuts market:
As it is for avocados, Lima Kwanza Limited is our main market for the nuts as it is for avocados. Lima Kwanza Limited is supplying macadamia seedlings to the farmers in Mbeya, Njombe and Songwe regions at a subsidised price.
Project status at 20 July 2017:
Jagrin Agriculture Company Limited embarked on farming of macadamias with effect from January 2017, where we had planted 282 macadamia trees plants as at 20th July 2017 and 168 plants to be planted in November 2017. Further planting will continue during the year and the coming years by obtaining grafted seedlings from Lima Kwanza Limited (buyer of both macadamia nuts and avocados)
To have at least 5,000 macadamia plants planted (at least 50 acres of farm land) by the year 2019