Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Recycling Organic waste for sustainable animal production and agriculture
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective is to replace the expensive fish meal in animal diet with inexpensive maggot meal. To attain the objective, As' farms and processing will grow maggots using organic wastes and further process the pupae into animal feed. We will place our collection vessels with inscriptions at different locations in Buea into which inhabitants can dump organic wastes. These waste collection vessels will be transported by tricycles to the site on daily basis to avoid unpleasant smell in town. At the site, sorting will precede filling the growing chambers for the process to begin. While the pupae will be processed to animal feed, the second byproduct of the process which is compost will be at the disposal of farmers for organic agriculture and As' farms and processing will educate and encourage farmers to use compost to practice hydroponic agriculture in stony areas. Hydroponic agriculture is not practiced in Cameroon yet.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The impact of the project will be felt in the animal production industry and agricultural sector. In essence, the project targets individuals engaged in the aforementioned sectors either involved in animal production, animal feed production or crop production. Through this project individuals involved animal feed production will acquire inexpensive maggots in replacement of fish meal and the resulting effect will be a drop in the cost of animal feed for animal farmers. This project will bring a lot of saving in terms of money to the animal production industry. We will work with farmers to introduce hydroponic agriculture as means to use the compost produced. To evaluate success, As' farms and processing will keep track of the number of farmers practicing hydroponic agriculture in different localities as well as the growth performance of the plants. In the animal production industry, we will survey the market and animal feed processing centers to evaluate usage of maggot meal in animal feed.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Wastes collection, transportation to growing site, sorting of inorganic from organic wastes, filling of growing chambers, monitoring and evaluation, harvesting of pupae and processing of pupae into animal feed. This business will be self financing as a percentage from sales will be reinvested alongside inject of capital from my salary. We will equally apply for Government funding as need be. As' farms and processing will be open to partners and collaborators who can help grow the vision behind this project.
I am 27 years. I have a science background from secondary school through University. I obtained my BSc. in Zoology in 2013 graduating as the best student of my department. In 2015, I obtained a diploma in shipping and logistics management which is driven by my interest in management and entrepreneurship. I have handled a number of supply chain positions in different companies and presently work as one of the sales representatives at Metropolitan Plastics S.A in Ombe, Cameroon. Alongside my employment, I am a forex trader. Many Cameroonian youths face the problem of unemployment. I want to add hands with the Government of Cameroon to fight unemployment and give youths hope for the future. I have been in the situation and understands what it means and how it feels. I can only do this through job creation and i hope through this competition, I would be able to establish an enterprise that will employ my fellow Cameroonian youths. I am creative and hard working which gives me the impetus to venture into entrepreneurship.