Winrose, the 24 year old from Meru, Tanzania is definitely the shy one of the lot. But, don’t mistake her quietness for weakness, this girl has got staying power and focus!
Will she be able to crack out of her shell, and be competitive enough to live up to her name?
Don't count her chickens just yet!
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Story so far...
Winrose journeys to the DLTP plot, leaving her home in Meru, Tanzania
It's Team blue for Winrose!
Winrose is not much of a talker and so far looks like the underdog in this competition. Then again, still waters do run deep and her shy nature could be a strategy to the top.
Winrose wanted to split her plot into three parts and grow potatoes, squash and managu. However, Michael from Royal Seed opens her mind to the prospect of planting onions due to the oncoming rains
Michael suggests Red Pinnoy from Royal Seed, as it takes a short duration to germinate. It is also popular in the market. Sometimes your produce is ready before you have access to a market. It can be stored for 3 - 6 months whilst you look for a market.
Winrose decided to visit the local markets to do research for her budget. Hopefully, it helped her make a final decision on what to grow for the competition.
Wonder woman Winrose wowed the judges. Take a look for yourself.
Winrose was worried for a minute, but Maggie put her out of her misery and notified her that her budget was approved. She does need to reduce the cost of raising her broilers to a more realistic figure and to include labour costs, which she had omitted.
Jack tells Winrose that her farm plan is very ambitious, but she reminds him that "this is a competition, and I want to be a winner!"
Her chicken house was completed in time for the delivery of her 500 chicks by Kenchic. She was lucky to find such committed builders.
Winrose went to buy feed for her chicks as well as those of Issah. She explains to Maggie, that she is trying to minimise their transport expenses and he will buy the next round. Nevertheless, Maggie is concerned that Issah is taking advantage of her.
Maggie, is not the only one with concerns. Leah thinks Winrose submits to Issah's every whim. "Why can't you just get it yourself?" says Leah.
Winrose seems to have her chicks under control. Only 7 have died. The soft-spoken Tanzanian, definitely has a good chance of winning this competition.
Although it seems like Winrose is doing a lot of the chores for Issah, other farmers such as Ken are keen to help her because of her good character.
Sammy from Osho Chemicals pays her a visit and has nothing negative to say. She has spaced her potato seeds correctly and they have germinated well.
She attends to her crops despite the downpour. Talk about determination!
It's been several weeks and Rispah from Kenchic is back to do a routine inspection. Her flock looks healthy. However, she forgot to wear her dustcoat which must be worn when inside a chicken house, as a biosecurity measure.
At 13 days the average weight should be 410 grams, however, Winrose's chicks are under at an average weight of 302 grams.
At 13 days, you should replace feeding trays with tube feeders, that should be suspended at beak level. The same should be done to drinkers so that they can easily access them without wasting them.
Winrose believes that she has a fighting chance of winning, because in a competition you can't think about failure. You have to be positive and believe you have what it takes to get to tne top.
After a month of carefully tending to her crops, her coriander were ready to sell and her onion seedlings were ready to be transplanted. Her farm looked great
Winrose was able to pay off most of her building and equipment expenses with the income earned from the first flock, so she will be able to make profit from her second flock.
Maggie pops by to check on the progress of her potatoes, and Winrose informs her that she will be ready to sell them in two weeks and that she has already found a market for them.
"Now I see that it is easy to make money from farming. I have already sold my coriander, and soon I can sell my second flock of broilers. My onions and potatoes are almost ready to be sold. I will take this knowledge back with me."
There is no time to waste if you want to stay ahead in this competition. Winrose has already planted her cabbage and spinach, and don't they look great!
Winrose is absolutely delighted to be reunited with her family again. Her parents were very impressed by how much she has learnt and how successful she has become at farming. They even promised her an acre of land back home, when she returns.
Even her workers have wonderful things to say about her and her devotion to her farming projects.
She is the only contestant growing cabbage so she will get a very good market price. And with her drip irrigation system, Winrose is using less water, so she is saving on costs and time.
Over the next month, Winrose’s farm flourished and her spinach and cabbage were popular with the local market. She began to sell on a daily basis. The irrigation paid off! She got maximum yield from her acre and good prices for her produce.