The EU-funded REOPENS (Reviving the Exports of Oranges and Paprika and Exploring the Niche of Saffron) is a 42 months’ project aimed at Improved competitiveness and export capacity of SMEs in the citrus, paprika and saffron value chains in Zimbabwe. This project will benefit 1,558 smallholder farmers from selected smallholder irrigation schemes in Bulilima, Beitbridge, Makoni and Mwenezi districts. These farmers will be linked to regional and global export markets for oranges, paprika and saffron.

Cesvi and SAT are working with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement for the achievement of the project. The two development partners are building on their experience in working in the agricultural sector in the 4 targeted districts. Cesvi has been working in Beitbridge since 2002 and Mwenezi since 2017 while SAT has worked in Mwenezi since 2019 and in Makoni since 2014. To attain the export objective of the targeted value chains, the Consortium will work with 4 Associates who are already exporting different crops (Spexhall Services, Midland Acres, Zafferano di Rosso and Nottingham Estate). While the capacity of the smallholder farmers is being developed to produce for the export market, 4 Business Service Organisations (BSOs) namely ZIMTRADE, Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ), Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) and Horticulture Development Council (HDC) will have their capacity developed so that they can effectively service and represent SMEs.

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Ready for Transplanting-Ngowe, Makoni
Grading paprika before selling to Midlands Acres, Makoni
Paprika seedling inspection before transplanting-Makoni
Approved and graded paprika packed into storage packs
Paprika Seed bank in Makoni
Upper Lesape Paprika Demo plot members pose with their paprika before selling to Midlands Acres, Makoni
Upper Lesape Demo Plot continues to thrive
Tikwiri Scheme member pose withhis paprika ready for sale
Dryland paprika transplanting in Makoni
Upper Lesape Scheme member with his Paprika before inspection by buyer.