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Foum Ali Garu
 Foum Ali Garu
Baumreife Mango

Organic tropical farming in Zanzibar

This internship is ideal for everyone interested in agriculture in tropical climate zones, for instance students of agricultural sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, ecology, landscape design etc. The internship is possible at various farms.

Qualified supervision/tutoring is possible; special interests can be discussed in advance. The offer is also ideal for dissertation papers, research projects and similar endeavors. For this, we cooperate with Mr. Foum Ali Garu who is a lecturer at the Kizimbani Agricultural Institute, and who is running his own farm in Kidichi. Depending on the required level of supervision, Mr. Foum might ask for a further contribution that we can let you know in advance.

Students will then also be given access to the scientific library of the Kizimbani Agricultural Institute.

At Foum's farm a variety of tropical fruits are being cultivated, but also spices and mushrooms. There is a visitor's area with a collection of interesting tropical plants.

Besides at Foum's farm, an internship is possible at a joint venture of 4 farms located at two different places in Zanzibar which comprise of a total acreage of 500 acres (200 hectares). The farms do organic farming and therefore abstain from synthetic pesticides, fertilisers and additives.

They grow tropical fruits, particularly different species of mangoes, guava, citrus fruits and bananas, furthermore vegetables such as cucumbers and avocados. The population of over 3000 fructiferous mango trees is remarkable. The farms primarily produce for local markets. Solely exquisite species of mangoes such as Muyuni and Mwarugo are exported to the gulf region.

Like all traditional farms in Zanzibar these farms are characterised by the large variety of species grown. An extensive mixed cultivation is adopted, in which such species of plants are cultivated close to each other, in which the presence of one species reduces the appearance of possible pests on other species.

Synthetic pesticides are replaced for instance by using the oil from the seed of the neem tree. With some species of fruits and vegetables, shifting cultivation is practised to maintain the quality of the soil.

One of the four farms is specialist in poultry farming. There are up to 40,000 broilers and laying hens kept in barns in which they can walk around freely; also a nursery for chicks exists.

Two farms are neighbouring a mangrove forest which is only accessible during low tide. It is a concern of the farm owners to inform the local population about the importance of the conservation of the mangroves, which make a valuable contribution to the protection of many marine species and against the erosion of the coastline.

Inside of the mangrove forests, one farms plans within a short time to start with gathering activity (Fish, mussels) in an ecologically sustainable way.

Activities to work in include:

1. Planning and construction of irrigation systems on one of the farms which has not been extensively cultivated before

2. Organic weed control

3. Residue Management after harvest

4. Optimization of permanent crops (mainly fruit trees)

5. Storage and conservation of tropical fruits to counteract seasonalities  

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Place: Zanzibar, Tanzania

Duration: 2 weeks to 1 year

Special qualification required: Will be of advantage, but is not a requirement 

Costs: 500 € (Including trouble-free package)

Accommodation: No

Meals: Not included

Included: Placement and complete range of services which is part of the trouble-free package

Not included: Travel to Zanzibar International Ariport, health insurance, visa, work permit

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