Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Intergrated Farming, Gateway to Zero Hunger
Explain your idea in details:
Main objectives of this project are to help reduce the huge dependence of food imports by the nation of Botswana, increase the food security of the region and the nation at large, diversify the economic activities of the Boteti Region and the nation at large and create employment. The farm will be portioned in 3 dominant section namely, Fruits, Veggies and kraals sections. This will be so to easily monitor and regulate the distinct activities. Economic activities will be fruits and vegetable production, small stock (Kalahari Red and Boer Goats, pig, sheep, rabbits and poultry) production. Fruit trees( oranges, lemons, mangoes, paw paws and guavas) will be planted and irrigated on the fruited section while the veggies section will be home to wide array of vegetables planted all year round interchangeably depending on the season of the year. The 1st year will see the farm stocking on: Kalahari Red goats; different breeds of rabbits; White leghorn, boschveld and wyndodate layers and jumbo quails; The farm will have a borehole and ponds. Ponds will be used to collect water during rainy season to supplement the borehole and also safe guard against draughts. A big and secure reservoir will store the water and animals and plants will both be watered all year round. The plan is for the farm to use solar energy for all its activities in a way to cut drastically running costs and reduce the carbon print. Manure from the kraals will be used on the fruits and veggies while the surplus will be sold. All the livestock will primarily be kept for breeding and selling to local butcheries, supermarkets and suppliers as live and slaughtered beasts. Bi-products from slaughtered livestock will be sold to the local and outside markets. This include hides, horns, blood, feathers and even bones.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This farm model of will drastically help in attaining the Zero hunger goal as its aimed at production of fruits, vegetables and meat which are part and parcel of staple food in Africa. Basically the farm should be fully operational and in 2 years time it should be running on a very low running cost as it will be generating its own manure to be used on plants. Renewable solar energy will be used and this will greatly reduce the region's carbon print while maximizing profit that will make sure of the survival of the farm in the long run. Most of the fruits and vegetables consumed in Botswana are imports therefore this project is aimed at making sure that we responsibly produce enough for our countrymen's consumption and probably exportation to other nations. This will greatly improve the country economy and improve the nation food security. Low running costs will translate to low prices for our produce enabling our communities to be fed cheap as a way of fighting hunger. Local suppliers will be supplied at reasonably lower prices for bulk buys hence diversifying economic landscape of Boteti. Out of school youth and women and girls will be given preference when hiring. This is so to reduce the local youth unemployment rates. This will be a great boost on attaining the decent work and economic growth goal.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This is an integrated farm promoting self-sustainability of commercial agriculture at low running costs. This will need a 20hactor land partitioned, 10hactor for pastoral and 9hactor for arable while the remaining hector will be for office block, storage and staff housing the set up capital i9s estimated to be a little over 100 000USD but the annual running costs thereafter will be as low as 24 000USD. This in turn will lower the selling price of our products making it accessible to most including the poor and needy. Soil and water tests will be used to determine suitable plant and vegetables for our farm. Setting up capital will cover a lot of activities including: bush clearing; fencing; paddocking; infrastructural construction; purchasing parental stock and seedlings. This is to reduce the investment turnover period compared to sowing own plants. Buying seedlings will also greatly reduce mortality rate of plants. A solar energy system will also be bought to provide energy for the farm, this will another way of cutting running costs and safe guarding against irregular electric supply. Acquisition of land is greatly dependent on the recently introduced policies by Botswana Ministry of Youth sports an Culture(MYSC) that are aimed at easing up getting land for youth businesses. Relevant officials will be engaged to site strategically our farm. Different financial institutions will be approached for funding and possibly partnership. This opportunity will be presented to private investors too.
Knowledge Tibapi is a 26 year old entrepreneur whose passion for farming is out of this world. A welding and fabrication artisan by profession recently graduated from Debswana owned Orapa technical college. On his quest to being a reputable entrepreneur and agent of change he recently enrolled and completed entrepreneur development training (EDT) that was offered by LEA and will be going for another training on book keeping and records management late June. He was chosen to be the deputy chairman for Mosetse youth committee in his home village of Mosetse in 2012 where he worked hand in hand with the village elders in promoting youth involvement in developments in the village. Currently operating a tutoring center in Letlhakane village, pioneer in the tutoring services for the region and aspiring to be a tutoring center of repute and benchmarking center of choice. Tibapi enjoys socializing on his spare time as he believes in the African proverb that says if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far go with a group. He also finds fun in volunteering and helping wherever possible. As a way of slowly but surely a way of trying to get his integrated farm dream in action he has started a layers poultry in his backyard as a way of raising funds and getting the necessary hands on experience.