In total, these two FBA groups have 42 members, who had little by little collected the local materials needed for the construction, such as wood, bricks, sand, and boards. Once the materials were gathered, they started building the ACC on October 12th, 2017. Both masons were members of the FBA.
Other construction materials including cements and roofing sheets were provided by the project, which also donated new agricultural equipment such as a rice grinding machine, wheelbarrows, weeders etc … as well as office furniture for the ACC including tables, chairs, and cupboards.
At present, the two FBAs can store up to 50MT of crops in the two large rooms of the center.
“The biggest problem for farmers is that we are forced to sell our crops at a low price, when we have nowhere to store our crops. Now, thanks to this new collection center, group sales are easier and more efficient. We can sell our products at any time, when the price on the market is favorable; and besides, our crops will be safe, “says RANDRIANATOANDRO Pascal, President of Mahasoabe ACC.