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ISSUE 39 - VOL 1
JULY 15 - AUGUST 14, 2002

Dr. Bienvenu-Magloire Quenum
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ARE REGIONAL GROUPINGS THE ANSWER TO THE DEVELOPING GAP IN AFRICA?

Africa's decision makers are convinced that the developing gap of the continent - vis-à-vis Europe, Asia and Americas - could only be bridged if African nations are organized into regional groupings.

That conviction arising from the fact that the consumer-base in each individual African country is not broad enough to allow for the establishment of profit making businesses in said countries.

They are convinced that regional groupings will broaden the consumer-base and increase the purchasing power of the population.

The regional grouping concept had therefore been adopted as the driving force for the New Economic Partnership For Development - NEPAD - Click here for more.

Is that strategy a winning one? Are we sure that Regional Groupings - at the current state of very low economic activity prevailing in each individual African country - will lead Africa safely and efficiently on the road of a sustained economic development? Capable of bridging the developing gap? In a reasonable span of time of 10 to 20 years?

These are fundamental questions, which need to be properly and critically addressed in order to be sure that the foundations we African adopt for action are flawless.

Otherwise, sooner or latter, we will discover that we are wandering on the road of development to no avail. And valuable time will have been wasted without reaching the target of bridging the developing gap.

As a contribution to the debate, some existing "politically correct" economic concepts (Lack of purchasing power; Consumer-base and so on) had been analyzed and exposed here under the title: MISLEADING ECONOMIC CONCEPTS TO BE DISCARDED IN AFRICA.

"CONTRIBUTOR'S GUIDELINES" are available here. You are invited to contribute to AFRICABIZ ONLINE MONTHLY ISSUE - with articles related to "How Africa Could Bridge The Developing Gap".

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Dr. B.M. Quenum
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TROPICAL FRUIT INDUSTRY AS INCOME BUILDING POWER FOR AN AFRICAN COMMUNITY / PART VI: FRESH TOMATO PRODUCTION

Courtesy of NC State UniversityIn previous issue the consideration of the quantities of tomato pasta imported by sub-Saharan African countries permits the following rough estimation of the quantities of fresh tomato that could be cultivated in sub-Saharan Africa: 5,89 x 142,000 = 832,000 - 247,000 (production of South Africa + Senegal) (Click here for more) = 585,000 metric tons.

- ESTIMATION OF THE COST OF PRODUCTION PER HECTARE

The yield of a tomato field (soil production) depends on the variety of the tomato seed and the cultural techniques (soil amendment, irrigation system, pest management, overhead irrigation or trickle fertigation instead or simple streaming / overflooding irrigation and so on.)

The most sophisticated the cultural techniques are, the highest the yield per hectare; that could start from 5-10 metric ton per hectare to reaching 80 -120 metric tons per hectare in South of Extremadura -Spain.

Here are reported the different items (Variable costs; Fixed costs and Management costs), which are the operational components to calculating the production cost for one hectare of a well organized and managed tomato plantation.

The final figure obtained is US $ 2,191 per hectare that compares favorably with figure related to Brazil listed below:


PRODUCTION COSTS COMPARISON - YEAR 1999
AlgeriaBrazilTunisia
Cost US$/Ha 1,500 2,200 2,648
Average Yield - Metric Ton155543
Cost - US $ - Metric Ton 100 40 61.58
Source: www.tomatoland.com

- If the technical management of the plantation is well organized; particularly if trickle irrigation is applied and pest control up to standards, the expected yield per hectare could be in the range of 50 metric tons (conservative estimate) per hectare. That gives the cost of production of one metric ton of fresh tomato to be approximately: US $ 43.82

- ESTIMATION OF GROSS REVENUE AS PER ACREAGE OF PLANTATION

Based on the estimated yield above outlined of 50 metric tons per hectare, one gets the following table that lists Production (according to plantation size in hectares) and related Gross Revenue (Calculated with a minimum of 20% margin on production costs if the fresh tomato is sold to a concentrate processing plant.) Let us emphasize that in view of the selling price of fresh tomato in most of sub-Saharan African countries, the margin above production cost could easily be put at 50%:

GROSS REVENUES X 1,000 US$
Hectares50100200300400500
Metric tons2,5005,00010,00015,00020,00025,000
Revenues21.943.887.6131.4175.2219

- This is a real niche opportunity for an international investor or African country to improving its foreign exchange balance. It is also a perfect Economic Catalyst

More on the calculation of the production cost


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HOW TO REMOVE JUNK FILES FROM YOUR REGISTRY WITHOUT RISKING A TOTAL COLLAPSE OF YOUR SYSTEM

Windows Registry is the brain of the operating system. The coordination center for the smooth loading and operation of the several applications you installed on your system.

When you start Windows, some applications are automatically loaded, which icons may appear in the system tray. Many others are loaded without showing any icon in the system tray.

After many install and uninstall, the Registry is full of hundred to thousand of "obsolete" entries and information, which are the remains of uninstalled applications. And the Registry will continue checking and pointing at these remains each time you load the operating system.

The checking and pointing time to the false entries is responsible for the loss of speediness you may experience. The remains and false entries slow down your system, cause crashes, and interfere with other programs.

There are many ways to removing these junks files and regain the speediness of your system. Some are manual and some performed by dedicated third parties software. Amongst these software, System Mechanic stands out of the crowd for its excellent performance.


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