The promoter focusses on sustainable agribusiness in all of its aspects through a self-sufficient farming model. In the broad sense the promoter facilitates new collaborations between local Satellite farmers and their villages.
The promoter is a Ghanaian organisation under Dutch management consisting of a well-diversified and devoted team of Africans and non-Africans, all experienced in the field of agribusiness, project management and commercial & financial development. The promoters have created a sustainable Hub farm and breeding station in Africa on 40 Acres. The Hub farm consists of a nursery for various (local) crops, a fish hatchery (catfish and tilapia), a poultry hatchery, a breeding station for grass cutters and a production facility for fish- and animal feed. First it delivers high quality livestock and vegetable seedlings to the Satellite farms to increase productivity and income improvement. Secondly it serves as an education and training centre to empower people to grow food everywhere.
The promoter focusses on sustainable agribusiness in all of its aspects through a self-sufficient farming model. In the broad sense the promoter’s facilitates new collaborations between local Satellite farmers and their villages. They are also creating true profit by clustering several small holder farms (Satellites) connected with a central Hub farm building a solid entity capable to share benefits as well as burdens. It is the organization’s goal to opening up trade and making basic home grown products more available and affordable for the local market. These are important elements to obtain positive results and will create the best guarantees for (rural) employment, economic growth and poverty reduction in Ghana. After years of investing and innovating, the Hub Farm is ready for further expansion. The promoter’s does want to do this through an investment program, which is attractive for both private and institutional investors.
The amount of investment needed to achieve is at least US$ 540,000.- and maximum US$ 1.430.000.-. These funds will serve to improve productivity and especially to expand production of this unique project. The following targets have been set for 2016 till 2019:
- Setup of at least 20 Satellite farms as of January 2017;
- Construction of a building for training and education of small scale farmers;
- Purchase of breeding eggs for the chicken hatchery;
- Purchase of chicken incubators in order to expand current capacity;
- Construction of chicken sheds for layer hens (brood stock);
- Construction / acquisition of a fodder production system for Barley grass;
- Purchase of pigs and milking goats for our breeding program.
LOCAL MARKET & PRODUCTS
The local impact for the villages is huge and generates local trading and economy. The cash flow for these products is important for the village community and the trading/selling of these products to other local communities reinforces the local economic development of the region. Ghana is a large importer of vegetables, fruit and animal products due to the lack of a sound local production market.
The Hub farm focuses on significant local products sustaining economy and local markets, such as:
- Proteins - catfish, tilapia, chicken and grass cutters
- Fruits - coconut, mango, avocado, lemon, orange and papayas
- Vegetables - cassava, coco yam, plantain, eggplant, okra, tomatoes, cucumber and onions.
5% of the net profit is distributed back to the communities in terms of structural and infrastructural investments for the villages involved into the farm. This is direct profit and involvement for the community. The workers needed for the farm are from the villages. They will be trained on the Hub farm for different types of activities on the Farm; approximately 35 workers are needed on a permanent basis. In times of harvesting the workforce can be expanded up to 50 workers. The promoter’s are offering training to the workers and assistant managers for the new Satellite farms to ensure that productivity and quality will meet the demands for the local and pan African market. This will lead to an improvement in efficiency and living conditions for the families, farmers and community. The promoter’s will educate the farmers in management, accounting and planning in order to promote the autonomy. This is what is meant by sustainable development; looking at the roots of problems and tackle them by sharing the skills and knowledge with the farmers.
- Technically and operationally the farm is created in such a way that it can be serviced and managed by their local workers with products that are locally available.
- The promoters shall source all the products directly at normal prices and not via all types of intermediates ensuring right prices and the needed quality.
- The promoters shall be buying in bulk or manufacturing themselves for all the farms creating a price advantage.
- The Hub farm will be supplying the Satellite farms ensuring the quality of products going in: fertilizer, fish-/ animal feed, seeds, fingerlings, livestock and logistics.
- The promoters are developing a new local trading and manufacturing facilities creating new job opportunities towards their main objectives.
PROCESSING & DISTRIBUTION
The processing of all the products is done at the Hub farm ensuring:
- A uniform quality for the buyer’s trough centralized supervision.
- Cost effectiveness for the operational side (larger scale and capacity planning).
- Efficient transport and logistics.
The distribution and trading of the products is done by their internationally active trading company Africa Direct Sales Ltd for the local and Pan-African markets using all the existing networks. The promoter’s shall create the marketing and the sales network for the Satellite farms. The promoter’s sales organization will setup a direct sales network of local roadside sales and sales penetration into the hotel and restaurant branch from Accra, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, etc. Next to this, they will start in 2018 with a pilot store of “Cluster Farm Fresh Shops” in Accra.
Interested? For more information including business plans, please contact:
Jan Reijer Brons