Our KBA Africa Entrepreneur for the month of May is Mduduzi Moyo, the CEO of Mpilo Royal Farming (Pvt) Ltd.

Mduduzi Moyo is a visionary entrepreneur who has initiated a ground-breaking concept for agriculture and rural development through his company Mpilo Royal Farming. Mpilo Royal Farming is an innovative agriculture based company that is focused on investing in developing rural infrastructure including drilling boreholes, setting up solar borehole pumps, solar surface pumps and as well as setting up smart agriculture and techno irrigation to monitor effective and efficient use of the solar energy and scarce water in Agriculture.

VISION

To be global leading producer, packaging, and distributors of fresh farm products

MISSION

To transform farming through use of new farming strategies integrated with advanced farming technology

COMPANY OVERVIEW AND SCOPE

Mpilo Royal Farming was established in 2015 responding to Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZIM ASSET) by increasing food security and Gross Domestic Product (GDP), create jobs for youth and to provide workplace learning experience for agricultural students. It also drives the development of new farming strategies, technologies and as well as developing entrepreneurs.

Mpilo Royal Farming also addresses the effects of climate change, the worst affected people by Climate change are the rural based youth which has left them with no plans on how to survive and make a living in such extremely dry conditions exacerbated by prolonged periods of drought caused by climatic changes.

Rural areas of Zimbabwe have no water and energy infrastructure to adapt to climate changes and mitigate its effects through stimulating rural economic activities. Therefore Mpilo Royal Farming is focusing on investing in developing rural infrastructure including drilling boreholes, setting up solar borehole pumps, solar surface pumps and as well as setting up smart agriculture and techno irrigation to monitor effective and efficient use of the solar energy and scarce water in Agriculture.

Mpilo Royal Farming is establishing itself, growing and expanding in each ward in rural areas as a springboard to rural development. The Model will use multi-sectoral approach to create jobs and develop rural areas to semi urban through farming as a starting point in partnership with local people, investors and business communities. Multi-sectoral approach will includes farming, rural tourism, manufacturing, ICT and recreation so that it can reduce levels of poverty and migration of people from rural to urban in search for better lives.

Mpilo Royal Farming Smart Agriculture Approach

Smart Agriculture pertains to agricultural sensors and plant status detection schemes, and more particularly to an apparatus and system of sensors and methods that monitor leaf temperature and corresponding microclimatic conditions in real-time and produce a reliable plant water status indicator.

The sensor system is integrated with a wireless network to continuously monitor the plant water stress status and control an automated variable-rate irrigation management system. It can also be used as a standalone unit to record plant water status continuously.

The aim of smart agriculture is to maximize water use efficiency, to maximize yield and to reduce the overall demand on water resources.

Mpilo Royal Farming uses innovative farming to respond to climate change these include solar powered automated irrigation system. The system comprises of boreholes installed with stainless steel solar powered submersible borehole water pump, solar powered surface pump fed drip irrigation and solar panels.