6. Increasing Inclusiveness
Due to the nature of the business, MFE dedicates part of its time to smoothing the process of grower inclusion in the company. As in any other egg operation, MFE must ensure that the production scheme is a near-flawless system by which the production flow meets the projections. If actual levels of production deviate from the objective, both the company and growers will face immediate problems. When proper inclusion is achieved, MFE will effectively capitalize on the growers’ adequate management, which will in turn reinforce the relationship between the growers and the company.
What can be done to foster inclusion today?
To carry out the activity, growers are provided with layers, building materials, equipment, feed and even daily supervision. The only input growers need to be able to afford is water. Often, growers struggle to get the water from nearby boreholes to the farm. This collection and transport takes place several times per day. Therefore, securing water supply would undoubtedly ease the burden on the growers. The rationale is that, with all inputs secured, growers can attain the objective of producing eggs at the required pace, consuming the right amount of feed/water and maintaining low bird mortalities. To quote the words of Wilfred van der Kooi: “If good farmers keep up the good work, they will soon find themselves caught in a profitable business with plenty of opportunities to continue growing”. As in the case of New Horizons, the use of manure at the end of the cycle might foster inclusiveness by virtue of an extra source of income. Manure can be recycled in the coming cycle, used as fertilizer for crops or sold to neighboring farmers. Therefore, growers need to become more aware of the beneficial impact that manure can have on the farm and take advantage of the situation.