As 2015 unfolds, the management and staff of Thermal Agriculture are filled with gratitude and inspired by the extraordinary community that you have helped us create through social media channels like facebook, twitter and this blog.
Through these platforms, we impacted on thousands of lives, and shared the knowledge and tools needed to tackle low productivity in Agriculture. This year we are expanding our focus to more crops and livestock and opening a new office in West Africa.
Our work is hard, but it’s also joyous and uplifting. And thanks to you, we are going further than we ever could have imagined – “Providing value to both farmers as well as the consumers is the platform we base our business on.”
Our vision has never been clearer, We add value in the agricultural supply chain by linking small scale farmers to better inputs, agricultural extension services, credit, logistics & markets.
Thanks for taking this journey with us.
Happy holidays and warmest wishes,
This month has been hectic, trying to get things done before the Christmas and New Year holiday shutdown. As far as I could tell many employees had kind of gone into hibernate mode so its a good thing that they go on holiday, hopefully they will return rejuvenated and ready to conquer. Personally I hope to steer clear of the clutches of entrepreneurial burnout.
Apparently entrepreneurial burnout impacts strongly on the judgement of the entrepreneur, they are often unable to reflect on what is happening to them. They certainly feel overwhelmed and very stressed, but often blame fate, circumstances and the failings of others for their predicament, rather than recognising that they suffer from burnout. Read more on the Business Partners Knowledge Hub, its worth it.
Another important area for most people is Administration, Finance and Accounting. I’ve watched some of friends (including Chartered Accountants) drive their businesses into the bush, so do yourself a favour and hire a smart accountant at the right time. That’s an article by @DorcasMuthoni, the founder of OpenWorld. It has been reposted on Bankelele. You need to follow @Bankelele to keep pace with developments in East Africa.
Lets hope 2015 is going to be better, cheaper and faster for your enterprise!
I just came across an interesting article entitled Five Tips For Every Young Or Aspiring Nigerian Entrepreneur. It’s on the Ventures Africa website. Ventures Africa is an interesting bi-monthly print magazine and online business news service. Despite my love for Nigeria and its industrious people, I decided to replace the adjective Nigerian with African because I sincerely felt that the advice in the article is applicable across our 54 nations and indeed beyond our continent.
VENTURES AFRICA – “Entrepreneurship is not for everybody,” says Ini Onuk, CEO and Lead Consultant at ThistlePraxis,” the technicalities of running a business is different from your talent and creativity,” she adds, citing an example that qualified medical doctors, do not necessarily possess the requisite skills to manage a hospital.
Speaking on the Mara Mentor Talk Show, Onuk, who is an experience management consultant and a Mentor, on Africa’s largest entrepreneurship community, Mara Mentor, shared tips for young Africans who are continuous venturing into the entrepreneurship space.
“A role model is different from a mentor,” she says, “a mentor is someone you have an on-going communication and relationship with, thus young entrepreneurs should focus more on getting mentors, not necessarily role models.”
See Ini Onuk’s 5 tips for young African entrepreneurs below:
Go beyond be basics of what you do. Pay attention to your business and be the best at it. Break boundaries.
Put structure in place. Lack of structure helps businesses to fail. Although it is okay to start without a structure, but as soon as you do, start putting structures in place. Do not hide behind the myth: start-ups don’t have structures.
Never get comfortable. Mrs. Onuk shares this same philosophy as Steve Jobs, whose “stay hungry, stay foolish” idea keeps inspiring entrepreneurs worldwide. She however adds to it, as she says, “be consistent and be very conscious of customer service.”
Seek knowledge and improvement continuously. Trends change every day, so be abreast with the latest in your industry, and even beyond that – take cognizance of everything.
Take risks. Don’t stay in your comfort zone. Don’t be risk averse; always strive for greater heights, but in your entire risk taking, be strategic.
The quality of seed potato has a very big bearing on the final quality of potato produced. Over the last few weeks the team at Thermal Agriculture have been working on making seed potato available quickly and easily. We’re glad that you can now buy seed potato using Ecocash, Telecash, Visa, Zimswitch, Visa and Mastercard using Paynow. Thanks to the guys at Techzim for writing about the service!
I hope its another one of those innovations that keep us relevant and responsive to farmers and we hope to get involved in more and more crops.
Dear supermarket guy; please make us all buy Ugandan?.
Though I’m from Zimbabwe I think any upwardly mobile African can relate to this blog entry. I surely enjoyed reading it. All you need to do is replace Uganda with the part of Africa you’re from and it makes perfect sense.