MARCHÉ INTERNATIONAL DE KINSHASA
Fresh Produce Markets are often referred to as the stock exchange of the fresh produce industry and this particular facility, situated on the outskirts of Kinshasa DRC which will cover a total area of 36 275 m², will be no different.
Following in the footsteps of South Africa’s major markets including the Joburg Market which is Africa’s largest, the Marché International de Kinshasa will deal in fruit and vegetables, eggs, fish and meat which will mostly be available to local and international buyers alike. Typically, the market will operate on a commission/agent basis. The farmers will deliver their produce to the market agents who go on to sell it to buyers, carefully adhering to a structure designed to benefit all parties involved.
Deemed as a country with the potential to feed the whole of Africa, the DRC has a vast unrealised agricultural capacity. Straddling the equator and occupying two tropical zones, its climate favours the cultivation of a wide range of tropical crops with more than half the land arable and suitable for farming.
Subsistence farming dominates the sector with crops mostly comprising maize, cassava, millet and rice while most of the commercial crops such as coffee, cocoa, tea, palm oil and sugar cane are grown in plantations. Poor farmer productivity, a lack of infrastructure and a difficult business environment have meant that the cost of producing goods and taking them to markets have been high. In some cases, imports are often more readily available or cheaper than local products. Coupled with 80 million hectares of arable land - 90% of it not cultivated - the DRC offers huge potential for feeding itself and upping export figures.
Infrastructure aside, the Marché International de Kinshasa has the power to aid the almost six million small farmers by helping them gain access to existing and new markets. The role of the fresh produce market is to provide the necessary and obvious facilities to compensate for and cover the growing gap in the market.
The provision of a fresh produce market allows for equal trade opportunities to large scale, commercialised producers and smallholder farmers producing small quantities of produce.
Previously, these farmers would have experienced barriers into entering the market world, impossible to conquer due to the fact that large corporate buyers and marketing agents are not interested in procuring small, fluctuating quantities or varying quality fresh produce.
The Marché International de Kinshasa will serve as the ideal platform for these farmers who will have higher levels of clarity of who will buy their produce, even though the commercial farmers remain set to dominate supply.
An extension of this daily active bidding market will be the online web based E-commerce leg of the Fresh Produce Market, selling mainly products derived from the S.E. Parc Agro farms to global buyers. Besides the entrance, parking bays, allocated delivery area, drop-off zones and an administration block, the rest of the 36 275 m² premises will be taken up by the market.
Together the two interlinked projects will strive to conquer what is regarded as tricky business territory and more importantly, reverse the current negative trend of agriculture bowing down to mining when it comes to contributing to the economy. The 7th of May 2015 celebrated the Ground Breaking Day at the Maluku site, as Government Officials inaugurated the project. Excavations commenced soon thereafter with this mammoth development well on track to its planned completion at the end of 2016. With AFRICOM COMMODITIES and the government safely on board, the foundations have been set for farmers to sell produced fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, mainly in Kinshasa which is home to 10 million people.