On August 31st, 2018, the Control Union produced receipt of Sierra Agra production’s Organic Certification. Around 340 metric tons will be exported to the EU at circa $1,100 organic pricing. The delay in execution of these orders has been due solely to the need to present the organic certificate.
Sierra Agra sources organic certified tree ripened mangoes and coconuts from a network of over 3,500 smallholder farmers who source from approximately 190,000 mango trees. In 2018, Sierra Agra produced over 700 metric tons of organic mango concentrate. In 70 days of production, the company purchased 2,072 metric tons from its farmer network.
Organic certification of coconut, passion fruit and pineapple to follow, as well as BRC, Global GAP factory and other product certifications. Discussion is underway surrounding a potential partnership with Tradin Organic, “the global frontrunner in organic ingredients.” Additionally, Sierra Agra is finalizing preparations for factory audit and other crop certifications this coming January, 2019, which will open the company up to a broader and deeper off-take market and promote increased pricing on their behalf.
Outcomes of the campaign to raise $1 million investment in Anchor Farms Model have the following implications on Sierra Agra’s commitment to Organic agriculture:
Pineapple farm growth from 200,000 plants to 2 million allows for approximately 130 days of organic pineapple juice production. Increase in domestic sales and blending new products.
Expansion of Sierra Agra organic passion fruit Anchor Farm from approx. 2,000 to 50,000 plants. Commencement of USD $2 million revenue stream eight months post planting. Double production partnering with multiple Sierra Leonean communities with Anchor Farm Model.
Launch Sierra Leone’s first commercial organic tomato Anchor Farm. Allows for new revenue stream through early dry season prior to mango. Proof of concept from planting to cash flow is less than eight months.