I am Mr. Sabriino Clair, a YPARD member from Rodrigues Island which forms part of the Republic of Mauritius (Indian Ocean). I am 25 years old and graduated in BSc. (Hons) Food Science and Technology (Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius) and actually doing an MSc in Nutrition at Open University of Mauritius.
I am mainly involved in agricultural production and food processing. I have worked 3 years (maximum contract) for the local government in the agricultural sector and particular on agricultural incentives schemes. I am currently self-employed due to lack of employment opportunities in the island. While working for the government, I invested my salary in setting up a small agribusiness by building a layer house with carrying capacity of 500-600 heads. In February 2016, my contract was over and my agribusiness is actually a source of income for my family who is also involve in crop production (maize, onions, garlic, peanuts, spices, local red beans and mixed vegetables. My family will be an important partner for the project.
The project will consist of setting up a profitable integrated indigenous poultry farm “Village Chicken Integrated Farm” that will produce organic indigenous chicken for sale. A small hatchery will be set up for production of chicks for gene conservation.
Poultry consumption is very high in the island and which still not self-sufficient in poultry. Organic free-range chicken meat and eggs is high in demanding. The target market will be the local market (restaurants, hotels and other tourists lodging businesses) (USD 3/Kg) and export to Mauritius (USD20-28 per head). Its popularity is due to its taste which is well appreciated by tourists.
I am motivated to do this project to create jobs for unemployed youths. As I am involved in the poultry sector, there will be need for additional worker(s). With the success of this project I will expand business to build an abattoir for slaughtering and processing of chickens for export. I wish that the farm will become a role model for the youth as well as the population of Rodrigues Island. Fresh chickens will be available for residents. This will reduce import of poultry.
The components are outlined below:
Firstly I will build a poultry house of 30Ft x 15Ft (bricks, cements,..) and a small room for hatchery (with stones which is abundant). As the roof will be sloppy, rainwater harvesting tank and system constructed. Additional mini cages can be constructed with rocks for reproducers. The project will be started with 100 females and 2 cocks. A pasture area will be set by fencing the land around the building.
A compost pit will be constructed for the production of compost for manuring of land for production of maize, sweet potato and soja to feed the birds. An incubator of capacity of 500 fertilised eggs will be purchased for the production of 500 chicks after 21 days incubation.
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Agreements will be made with vulnerable farmers for production of local feed materials which will be purchased at guaranteed price thus alleviating poverty.
I have already done some works so as to smoothen the setting up of the project. I have already purchased a power tiller in December 2015 for the mechanisation of land for the plantation of feeds such as maize and sweet potato. I already have tools and other equipment required to build set up the project. Some chickens are also available to start up. Land to set up the project has been already cleared. Existing water tanks are available for provision of water. Last year, some 200 drinking nipples were imported from China for chickens. One person will act as mentor for the project. I have also contacted a block making company to buy rejected bricks for expansion of project. A website is already under construction and available at http://villagechickencoltd.wifeo.com/.
The keys for success of this project are: its environmental-friendly approach and adoption of a farm to fork approach to maintain food safety. Organic free-range poultry will be produced thus making the business products unique in the island. Nowadays consumers are more health-conscious and there is increasing concerns about health hazards. The actual measurable success factors will be sales of products every month and profits per production cycle.
The forecasts/projections are given below: (1USD=MUR35)
Local chickens: Chickens are highly prolific and will reproduce rapidly. 1 female will produce between 50 to 100 chicks per year. The local reproducers will be purchased solely from Rodriguan suppliers approved by the Agricultural Services. To further improve production, eggs will be incubated. Chicks will be sold to local residents to help them earn a living. Fattened chickens will be sold to local businesses (hotel etc) and exported to Mauritius. The chickens will be ready for sale by 4-5 months with a weight of 2.5 Kg.
With the 100 chickens in 1 year, 2600 heads will be sold at USD 7.87 each. The revenue will be USD 20,428.
Eggs: Eggs will be sold locally at USD 0.3/unit and fertilised eggs will be incubated for production of chicks twice monthly to ensure continuity of business and provision of chicks (USD 0.6/unit).
20000 eggs will be laid and from this 6000 fertilised eggs will be incubated. So 14,000 eggs will be sold locally for USD 4,200. When hatched (80%), 4800 chicks will be sold for USD 2,880. The revenue for eggs will be USD 7800.
Manure will be used to fertilise nearby agricultural land and surplus will be sold for additional revenues.
The projected revenues for project is USD 28,228 per year.
The annual operational costs will be the purchase of fuels (USD 342) and electricity payment (USD171).Labour will cost USD 2070 and transportation costs will be USD400 annually. The shipment costs will be USD 700 annually. The total operating costs will be USD 3,683.
The net profits yearly will be USD 25,545.
With the incentives of USD 5000, the building, hatchery building, rainwater harvesting system and compost pit will cost USD 3,000, the fencing of pasture area will cost USD800, the 500 eggs-hatchery will costs USD 610, feeding costs for start-up will cost USD 295. Purchase of chickens will cost USD 295
My contribution will be maize seeds and sweet potato cuts. I already have a power tiller (USD 2285) for land mechanisation. All labour costs will be borne by me and I will be the constructor to minimise the costs.
It is targeted that the farm be fully operational by the end of May if project is quickly approved. The chickens will be sold as from 4 months, i.e. as from September 2016.
Blogpost and illustrations submitted by Sabriino Clair (Mauritius) – clairbruno72(at)gmail.com
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