In Kikota, agriculture is the industry that thrives; crop cultivation and raising livestock are the main economic activities. The village was formed in 1977 as a banana plantation and banana trees grow in abundance. In more recent years, tea has also become an important commodity and many families also grow maize.
Milk is also a profitable industry in Kikota. Just like bananas, there is the opportunity to sell milk daily. Families can sell up to 10 litres a day.
Kikota village is situated either side of the main road that runs from Tukuyu to Mbeya city. This means that transport links are appropriate and exporting produce is very simple. Farmers bring their produce to the side of the road and sell it to people who will take it to sell across the country. Farmers can do this nearly every morning. This means that the location of Kikota is favourable as farmers do not have to travel far to sell their produce, unlike other villages that are not near a tarmac road.
Kikota village is also near the Malawi and Zambia border. This increases the trading opportunities as the villagers can sell their produce regionally as well as internationally. It is not surprising, then, that agriculture is the main industry in Kikota, as the location of the village means this is the easiest way to make money.
Daniel, one of our successful entrepreneurs, had the idea of farming poultry to supply to nearby hotels. Mr Mwakoba, one of our homestay babas, sells his crops at the nearby market town on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Overall, Kikota’s history is rooted in agriculture. Its location and natural resources make it perfect for crop cultivation and raising livestock. The villagers take full advantage of this and depend solely on the agriculture industry to make a living.