Phata Sugarcane

Outgrowers Cooperative

Phata Sugarcane Outgrowers Cooperative is a smallholder farmer-owned organisation that was formed in 2011. The cooperative is situated in Chikwawa district along M1 Road, a few kilometres away from Illovo Nchalo sugarcane estate in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Maseya. It was established in partnership with Agricane as the technical and administrative partners. Currently, the cooperative has a total of 1110 farmers (456 females and 654 are males) who are growing sugarcane on a total land size of 618 ha.

What We Do

Field Development
Infrastructure and field development
Training courses focused on understanding organisational development, business understanding, corporate governance, agriculture and environmental trainings, HIV/AIDS
Offering of short term credit from a revolving fund to assist members with establishing other income generated activities
Community Development
Corporate social responsibility through community development activities funded by Fairtrade Premium.

Our Work


Phata is within the primary sector of the agricultural industry. Primarily it grows sugarcane which it sells to Illovo. In addition, it also has diversification initiatives.

Diversification - Food Crops Production

Phata produces food crops such as maize, rice, ...

Fish Farming

Fish in 10 ponds (1.2 ha)


Vegetables grown under sustainable practices

Recent News & Announcements


Our Mission

To meet the common economic and social needs of its members in accordance with cooperative principles through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.

Our Partners