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
RURAL EMPOWERMENT THROUGH CASSAVA PROCESSING
Explain your idea in details:
Having done a detailed market research and feasibility studies a step further was taken to secure a well situated and suitable farm land to start a commercial cassava farm. This commercial cassava farm is going to be a standard farm hence will be involved in both commercial cassava cultivation, laundry starch and animal feed production. We will be involved in both organic commercial cassava farming and non organic commercial cassava farming. Plans have been put in place that will help us launch a standard and world-class cassava processing plant within the first three years of operations. We will produce laundry starch and animal feeds and ensure that they flood the market both in Nigeria and in other countries of the world. We want to compete with the best in the industry with the best supports. We are in the commercial cassava farming business because we want to leverage on the vast opportunities available in the commercial farming industry to contribute our quota in growing the Nigeria and Africa's economy, in national food production, raw materials production for industries, to exporting of agricultural produce from Nigeria to other countries and over and above to make profit.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The heart of this Modern Gari Processing Plant is the Roasting or Frying Pot which is made of Stainless Steel and insulated with fiberglass to absorb heat from the fire. It is powered by 2HP gear motor that rotates the paddles that continuously turn the frying gari mash. The full lists of the equipment are: 1 (NO) Stainless Steel; HAMMER Mill with 15 HP Electric Motor Capacity 1 ton / hr. 4 (NO) Fermentation Racks 4 (NO) Hydraulic Jack (Mechanical) Press Capacity 1 ton / hr. 1 (no) Stainless CAKE Granulator with 7.5 HP, Motor, 1 ton / hr. 2 (NO) Gari Roasting / frying Pot with 2 HP Gear Motor, Exhaust Pipe and can be fired with Firewood, Charcoal etc. 2 tons / day. The Hammer Mill or the Cassava Grating Machine and the Granulating Machine have capacities of 1 ton per hour. This means that within one day of 8 hours, they will process 8 tons of cassava mash. The two frying machines will then roast or fry them into two tons of gari or 40 bags of 50kg per day. Four tons of cassava tubers produce one ton of gari. The capacity of the plant is therefore 2 tons of gari or 40 bags of 50kg per day of 8 hours. Output will increase if production hours increase.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
PROFITABILITY OF THE PROJECT 6.1 Assumptions 1. The conversion rate of tubers to processed gari is 4 tons of cassava tubers to 1 ton of gari. 2. That 1 ton of cassava tuber delivered to the plants is N 5,000 per ton. 3. That the other costs of production are not more than 50 percent of the cost of cassava tuber .i.e. 50% of N 20, 0000 which is N 10,000. 4. That the selling price of one 50kg bag of gari is N5, 000 6.2 Profit forecast 2 Tons per day of 8 hrs N Cassava tubers (8 tons x N5, 000) 40,000 Other costs of production (50%) 20,000 Net profit per day 20,000 Profit per year (working 6 days Per week or 313 days in a year (313 x N20, 000)
PROFILE: A 33 years old Economist, a professional with exposure in Administration, Finance, Marketing and Customer Services from employment engagements in the following industries; Public Sector (State owned media house), Oil & Gas and Pharmaceutical. Now seeks a challenging role in entrepreneurship, especially Ago based that offers opportunities for personal and professional growth in this our dynamic society. ACHIEVEMENT: 1. 2007: Commended on good leadership and organizational skills during my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) by the Zonal Director of the NYSC and other youth Corpers, while at Sokoto State 2. 2007: Worked as a Secretary to the head of Sokoto Rima River Basin and received commendation for good customer services skills, being a fast learner, hard working and result oriented 3. 2007: Successfully acquired skills in Bead making within 1 month instead of the programmes specified 2 months period. And commenced a bead making business with a clientele comprising of young and middle aged women. 4. in late 2017 i developed a strong passion for agriculture and the business of it. It is this passion that drove me into the cassava processing research I am currently pursuing.