Value Chain Analysis: A Case of Chinese cabbage, Tomatoes and Okra at Swaswa Settlement in Dodoma Municipality
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Abstract: The study about value chain analysis was conducted at Swaswa settlement in Dodoma urban district. The area practices wastewater irrigation as there is Waste stabilization ponds which form a source of reliable, cheap wastewater, rich in nutrients for crops production. This study aimed at analyzing value chain of vegetables in Swaswa settlement. Specifically the study intended to (i) identify the activities involved in producing vegetables (ii) identify actors involved in the vegetable value chain, their roles and linkages, and (iii) analyse distribution of gross value across different linkages in vegetable production chain. The data were collected from both primary and secondary sources. The primary data for this study were collected from 204 respondents using multi-stage random sampling and purposive techniques. Questionnaires and checklists tool were employed to collect data from respondents. Results show that high gross income goes to Agro-vet wholesalers, whole sellers and middlemen (71.4%) followed by collectors who scored 57.1%. Therefore, farmers are forced to capture a lower share (28.6%) of gross value. Besides, results indicate that farmers face lack of knowledge on postharvest losses, limited access to market, low price of product, lack of storage, lack of transport and low quality of product. Therefore, it is recommended that farmers should be provided with knowledge on post-harvest handling techniques, should form groups so as to buildup collective bargaining power to be able to acquire good prices and ensure crops processing for value addition.