Rural Empowerment and Employment through Agricultural Products Processing

Rural Empowerment and Employment through Agricultural Products Processing
Enugu North, EN, NG

There is a dire need to change the concept of government or politicians giving cash away to citizens as a way of empowerment. Without value creation, there is no real empowerment. My proposed solution will create value, empower rural dwellers and create jobs in the entire value chain.

There are 17 local government areas in Enugu State and each area should be able to donate plots of land for the establishment of garri processing plants of at least 2MT capacity daily. The process of construction of these locally made factories and continued operation will generate employment opportunities for the farmers, youths and distributors. Operation of each of these plants will require at least 2,500MT per annum of raw cassava for processing. Initial off take agreement with farmers’ cooperatives within the same local government can be established in advance to provide product supply assurance.

Upon establishment of this plant, there is a potential revenue of N90M per annum at a conservative price of N150,000 per metric tonne of processed garri for each plant. If operations are well managed, this facility has the potential of turning out up to 45% profit margin which translates to N40.5M annually. If this profit is assumed to be the same across each local government and if each local government setups up at least 3 of these plants, we will have 51 plants turning out N2.065B annually. This amount is taxable and can provide more revenue to the local, state and federal governments

Each of these factories can actually employ about 25 – 30 persons thereby opening up direct work opportunities for 1,530 Nigerians. This does not take into account the indirect jobs created from cultivating 160 hectares of land to supply each factory. 51 plants will require cultivation of 8,160 hectares of land leading to significant youth engagement for farming, harvesting, distribution, packaging etc.

Enugu State recommendation is just a test case and this can always be replicated in multiple local government areas in different states of the country. Current manual processing of garri in our communities does not allow room for growth, expansion and increase in value generation.

I believe this idea is a very simple one that can be further explored to get more details for implementation. This way, the teeming Nigerian youths will get the jobs they so much deserve, increase revenue for the state/local governments and potentially expand to generating foreign exchange in the future.

March 28, 2018

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11 Comments

Emmanuel Omare
Emmanuel Omare

The idea of of disbursing money and other farm implement is not working. The simple reason why is not working is because they sometime give this resource to non farmers or evening if they give it to farmers the money will be diverted to settle their immediate need like off setting their long old liabilities that is overdue, some use it to married a new woman, burial ceremony and a host of other things. My propose plan for agriculture in our beloved country is to convert NYSC Scheme to purely Agricultural and technology scheme. The question that come to many Nigeria mind is how all of them graduate of agricultural science? my answer is no, i.e not every one of them is a graduate of agricultural science but they can be trained practically on modernize farming and non agricultural science graduate will learn how to use the modernize farm instrument within 2 to 3 month, thereafter a specialist will be guiding him on what to do before he will perfect himself on the area of farming . What am I trying to communicate every NYSC member will farm for Nigeria within the period of serving the Nation if he desire to continue after his one year mandatory service the scheme absolve him/her. Secondly, another method of overcoming food shortage is to mandate every tertiary institution especially their faculty of Agriculture to go into practical farming. ie the school should be able to feed that particular university community and others close to it. When I mean agriculture am talking about commercial agriculture where companies can come and buy raw materials for the production of other product. I believe this idea is a very simple one that can be further explored to get more details for implementation. This way, the teeming Nigerian youths will get the jobs they so much deserve, increase revenue for the state/local governments and potentially expand to generating foreign exchange in the future.

Emmanuel Adebambo
Emmanuel Adebambo

Nigeria at this stage, when every self sufficient nations of the world are into highly intensive agriculture system of food production be going along the line of producing food in pockets of lands scattered in various local government. If Nigeria will be self sufficient, we have to come up with a plan that makes agriculture a top place of priority in our national issues. Every state should have an aggregate soil profile soil and climate characteristics that determines the types of crops and livestock suitable for production of agricultural plants and animal products. Based on this each state can then acquire vast area of land and then plant crops and grow animals more than enough for the state but also enough to transport to other states and then go into exportation. labour can be made cheap by making each of these sites a complete system in itself i.e by providing all basic amenities (light, water etc) that will make labourers camp. Kibutt in Israel is a good example. Farm settlements should be created all over the states and old ones resuscitated. These will be manned by local farmers whose product should be bought over by the government at harvest in order to encourage them. Seed , fertilizers and agricultural tool subsidies should be made available. These goes a long way to reduce cost of agricultural products in terms of food/feeding, hence poverty is nipped in the bud.

Idam Emmanuel
Idam Emmanuel

Coz it will work when our farmers have access to the fund if the policy is well executed

Philip Ogochukwu Oba
Philip Ogochukwu Oba

A SUCCESSFUL AND PROGRESSIVE NATION IS THAT NATION THAT ITS CITIZEN CAN AT LEAST EAT THREE MEALS DAILY WITH CLEAN WATER. NIGERIAN NEEDS TO CHANGE ITS POLICY ON PRIMARY AGRICULTURE AND IMPROVE IT THROUGH VALUE ADDITION TO ITS PRIMARY PRODUCE. AS AN AGROPRENEUR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY HAS FAILED US THROUGH A LOT OF NONEXISTENCE FUNDING THAT ARE CLAIMED TO BE CHANNEL TO YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE. THIS VENTURE IS HIGHLY CAPITAL INTENSIVE ESPECIALLY IN LIVESTOCK, POULTRY, FISHERY AND IT NEEDS COMMITTED TRAINING IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP, INNOVATION AND MODERN APPLICATION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENT/INNOVATION/CREATIVITY FOR THE YOUTH TO BE SUCCESFUL. GOVERNMENT MUST SET UP CENTRES FOR FULL ACQUISITION OF THE PRODUCE TO ELIMINATE WASTE THEREBY ENCOURAGE THE FARMERS AND WITH THIS GOVERNMENT CAN HAVE SURPLUS TO USE TO CREATE SUBSIDY IN FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE IN THE COUNTRY.

Dr. Ucheagwu Hilary Mbanefo
Dr. Ucheagwu Hilary Mbanefo

I am signing in because, I want to be part of this novel and revolutionary initiative to transform Nigeria from it's retrogressive, oppressive, fossilised ideas, corrupt, and murderous administration to progressive, vibrant, dynamic, inclusive and detribilised Nigeria.

Okoyomon Christopher
Okoyomon Christopher

I am signing this because as an Agriculturist, I understand the positive impact and outcomes is going to have on the Nigerian society at large. For food security to be achieved, the problem of food loss must be addressed and this can only be made possible though processing as a way of value addition and prolonging the shelf life of the highly perishable Agricultural produce. In addition, the provision of processing equipment for the rural Agricultural host communities will also create employment opportunity for both Agricultural graduates through extension services and for the rural dwellers and ultimately bringing about human capital development which is very vital for economy growth and development.

Eneje Arthur
Eneje Arthur

I am signing this solution because it mirrors my exact argument that government should empower the people by looking inwards. Sharing money never creates any real value,rather it perpetuates wrong orientation about what governance is and stands for. We can not build a solid economic foundation for the country by being perpetual consumers, we must learn as a people to produce and as a government to enable the factors of production.

Eneje Arthur
Eneje Arthur

I am signing this solution because it mirrors my exact argument that government should empower the people by looking inwards. Sharing money never creates any real value,rather it perpetuates wrong orientation about what governance is and stands for. We can not build a solid economic foundation for the country by being perpetual consumers, we must learn as a people to produce and as a government to enable the factors of production.

Eneje Arthur
Eneje Arthur

I am signing this solution because it mirrors my exact argument that government should empower the people by looking inwards. Sharing money never creates any real value,rather it perpetuates wrong orientation about what governance is and stands for. We can not build a solid economic foundation for the country by being perpetual consumers, we must learn as a people to produce and as a government to enable the factors of production.

Eneje Arthur
Eneje Arthur

I am signing this solution because it mirrors my exact argument that government should empower the people by looking inwards. Sharing money never creates any real value,rather it perpetuates wrong orientation about what governance is and stands for. We can not build a solid economic foundation for the country by being perpetual consumers, we must learn as a people to produce and as a government to enable the factors of production.

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