Value chain analysis of vegetables in Bindura, Zimbabwe
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This study intended to analyze the value chain of vegetables in Bindura, Zimbabwe with specific objectives of identifying vegetable value chains and identifying actors and examining the performance of actors in the chain. The research used a descriptive survey method. The data were collected by the use of pre-tested standard questionnaires and face to face interviews to respondents who were for the most time busy. Data were collected from 160 farmers and analysed by descriptive statistics. The data collected were presented using graphs, tables generated using data presentation tools. The study prepared a value chain map for vegetable farmers of which major value chains included farmers, middlemen and consumers. The value chain analysis of vegetables revealed that the major actors in Bindura are input suppliers, producers, collectors, wholesalers, retailers, exporters and consumers. The study result showed that vegetable producers suffer from lack of modern input supply and high postharvest losses, limited access to market, low price of product, poor storage facilities, poor transport facilities, low quality products and lack of policy framework to promote vegetable production. To mitigate the above challenges there was need for government policy that promoted the disadvantaged farmers through provision of good infrastructure, funding, good storage facilities and awareness through extension services. The research recommends farmer cooperative wholesales to cut off some middlemen and increase profits. The research further recommends post harvest technology to process waste vegetables.