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Retired engineer helping small-scale poultry farmers access formal markets

A majority of small-scale poultry farmers have closed down their businesses as a result of the emergence of large-scale poultry producers encroaching the informal market with live chickens sold directly to consumers. Those that have prevailed have had to learn to access the formal and semi-formal market by managing to process their chickens. In this regard, small-scale poultry farmers have been able to supply schools, especially boarding schools, butcheries and restaurants. 

In Manzini, the processing of chickens has been feasible through the services of Temashinga Processors Investments Pty Ltd, a business set-up by Oscar Mthunzi Mshwama at his home area in Tincwatfwini on the outskirts of Manzini, by Mzimnene river. TPI was established in 2001 as a sole proprietary and was recapitalized into a private limited company in 2011 as Temashinga Processors Investments (Pty) Ltd Trading as Temashinga Processors (TPI).

“TPI holds her own in a very competitive market, by optimising all available resources in an honest, ethical way to ensure customer satisfaction through excellent service and excellent product whilst contributing to the community and being kind to the environment,” says Mashwama. 

TPI has an agreement to process 90 percent of chickens from farmers sponsored by an international non-governmental organization called Africa Works. These farmers have registered themselves as Forward Ever Cooperative at Lamghabhi area in the Manzini Region. 

TPI renders chicken processing services to all poultry farmers across the country. “We have received broilers and layer chickens from poultry growers and free-lancing business individuals for processing from all over the country,” says Mashwama. 

TPI also provides services for processed products to be ferried to various customers on behalf of the farmers. These include local supermarkets, restaurants, schools, government sectors such prisons, police college, NAMBoard and various retailers.

TPI has a staff complement of 28 workers, 20 females and eight males. “Our employees are each at least supporting two or three family members,” says Mashwama. “In the process TPI is giving back to the community it operates in.”

TPI currently process about +/-3000 birds a week. “We have however under gone expansion programme to process 3000 chickens per day,” he says. The company charges R3.00 for processing broilers and E3.50 for layers and indigenous chickens. “There is an additional freezing charge for each chicken @ E0.015/hr which is 36 cents per chicken per 24hrs of freezing,” Mashwama explained.

As a result of economies of scale considerations, the company processes a minimum 500 chickens from customers. “We do however encourage farmers to bring chickens in groups so that they can meet the quota,” he says. “We are able to separate their chickens appropriately for collection purposes. Above all, we desire to grow and develop the company into a market leader and to expand our client base through all sectors of the market. It is also our desire to produce an end-product of the highest quality as well as develop all employees to their full potential in order to secure a high level of productivity and efficiency and to produce a pleasant working environment.”

Recently, the company has set up a wholesaling butchery section, supplying various sizes of bulk packages of quality beef, pork and poultry products with very competitive prices.   

To reach Temashinga Processors Investments, contact the Office. 

Tel: 2505 7157 / Cell: 7602 3143 / 

7646 5908 / 7657 1641 / 7605 2935 

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