Value addition! How sweet for agric products…
Since my childhood days till 25 years, I have been engaged in farming activities. This captivated my interest to the extent of obtaining a degree in agricultural economic and extension from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). Since I was a child, many of my spare time has been used to engage in farming and with farmers. Recently, the agricultural transformation agenda has encourage me to not only to work with farmers but to help more youth get involved in Agriculture and employ the use of social media to promote Agriculture and its benefits.
I have observed that value addition to products increases its prices hence the profit from them. Being a city with one of the largest population in Nigeria and Africa, Lagos would be the target for this business as it is the home of business both commercial and small scale ventures. Based on my observation on lifestyle of the working class, traders and the environment in line with food consumption, adding values such as cleaning and bagging farm products in attractive and handy packs is being proposed. Currently, handling of vegetables and fruits has exposed them to elements of weather and germs and the target population are people on the go with little time to clean vegetables properly. A properly packaged handy vegetable that is ready for eating or cooking with little or no hassles is therefore highly desired.
The project aims to help the farmers of locust beans, leafy vegetables and carrots earn more by reducing their losses through proper post-harvest activities including value addition. This will enable them through mentoring and proper training to target the high end market that possess the means to pay for this service. This apart from increasing farmers profit will also reduce post-harvest losses and quick perishability of these products. The method to be employed will be to buy-off products in large quantities from farmers, this would enable them strictly focus on production. The aggregated products would then packed and marketed. As time goes on, farmers into this will be supported to grow products using improved seeds/seedlings and modern farm technologies to ensure adequate yield and productivity.
The initial products to be targeted will be Locust beans, carrot and leafy vegetables. Locust beans is one of the ingredients that is used to make soup in Nigeria. This makes the product more competitive in the market and it has positive penetration. The beans will be sourced in large quantity and initially sun-dried with the addition of salt for preservation and then packed in sealable packs which will be obtained from supermarkets and also safe to obtain from the open markets.
For carrots, it will be bought in large quantity, wash and scrape to remove the outer layer which mostly discourage people from buying the product from the open market and packed into sealable nylon. Some will be sold whole as snack and the other will be diced and sliced for cooking. The processed carrots will also be packed and supplied to high-end markets. Leafy vegetables are part of basic meals in Nigeria used as main meals, soups or to garnish meals.
The project will source for them, pluck its leaves, wash, cut and pack them in attractive packs of sealable nylon as this will saves the users some cooking time and more family time. Some will also be dried and packed for the export market for Nigerians in the diaspora. Also, an online marketing platform called “BabaAgro”, an agro market hub, will be created for buyers and sellers of these products to interact.
The realistic and sustainability of the project lies in the fact that agriculture will continue to thrives as long as humans exist. More so, the online platform will increase revenue and encourage more sectors such as information technology, telecommunication sectors to support Agriculture. The project will benefit three categories of people – the farmers, especially women who are the major producer of the targeted produce, the consumers that intend to maintain good health condition and consume well packaged food items and finally employ more youth as the business expand its scope of operation. As part of it benefit, the project will provide improved seeds/seedlings and necessary agribusiness training for farmers and youth as the project gets established.
The US $5000 will cover the following fixed and operating cost for period of 2 years: Office space/shop rent (US $502 for 2 years); purchase of agricultural produce from farmers (US $1807 for 1 year); transportation cost – from buyer to location and intra movement within the location of operation (US $1205 for 1 year); equipment, materials and branding (US $652 for 1year); labor cost (US $542 for 1 year); NAFDAC registration for the target product (US $201) and miscellaneous expenses (US $60 for 1year).
The project long vision will ensure a catalytic approach of farmers to the trending scientific innovations in agriculture and youth to agriculture and its agribusiness through training, workshop and seminars on business start-up and management.
Blogpost and picture submitted by John Agboola (Nigeria) – john.agboola.o(at)gmail.com
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253 thoughts on “YAP Proposal #52: “Reducing Post-Harvest Losses” (John Agboola, Nigeria)”
This is great! Post-harvest studies will be brought to the forefront with this project. People will see the value it can add to the product, plus it helps conserve the food longer. Kudos, John!
Thanks Dax. Always got the inspiration from you – Helping farmers smiles
Waoh, this is a wonderful business plan and I am very cocksure that it will be feasible. Well done brother.
Thanks LicBusiness. The feasibility lies in the fact that agriculture will never go into extinction.
This is great stuff Mr. John. Post harvest storage is the major bane of agricultural produce in Nigeria If this project is well executed as proposed,it will greatly mitigate the loss of of our agricultural produce.
Thanks Ezekiel, reducing loss and absorbing farmers production is our target.
I knew you have what it takes to achieve this and on this note I pray God will give you effortless testimony on it. more grace friend
Thanks Olufowose. Really appreciate your prayers.
Nice one johnne. Will suggest this should be well publicized to help farmers that are illiterate.
Thank you Omotee. It will obviously be and farmers will benefit from our training packages
Awesome proposal…. I like the idea of “BabaAgro” online marketing hub…Thumbs up John!
Thank you. In this age of Social media, we want to create something lasting and abreast with the latest trends- there comes BabaAgro
I have always been looking forward to seeing an end been put to the wastage of agricultural produce. Thumbs up Mr John! This is what we need to improve the dwindling economy as a contribution from the agricultural sector.
Thank Ayo, Reducing wastage and bring smiles to the farmers are the major aim along with improving health standard of the people. Thank you
This will increase sales, it’s an awesome idea
Yea yea..I will and will be competitive in the open market
Well thought of! It is definitely an integral part of the agric value chain. Best wishes.
Thank you AQ for seeing the future
This is so impressive Mr Agboola
Thank you Emmanuel
Good work Mr. John. As major part of the crop’s value is lost after harvesting, the technology like yours will certainly help to address the losses bring quality food to the consumers table with value addition.
Thank you Madan for being part of this vision.
Wow. .this is a brilliant business plan..great idea. .weldone john👍
Thank Tomi.The main aim is to help farmers and everyone along the chain.
Value addition indeed reduces Post-Harvest Losses. Well thought of!
Thank you Doctimi
This is great. Post-harvest losses have been a major problem in Nigeria. It will be great if this project gets sponsored.
May I ask? Who will manage the “BabaAgro” platform? Is it a new platform or an existing one?
Thank you ma for your comment,
The BabaAgroconcept will be an online marketing mix which will be manage from my own end and it is a new platform,although there are some innovation that are on in that aspect too
This is fantastic especially with the sun drying of locust bean(Iru),consumers will definitely feel safe purchasing this.
Thank Olawale for falling in love with our special recipe
Brillant proposal written by John, I believe through you and i Nigeria agricultural market will be valued by the Government.
Thank you Peter for sharing in the Vision
Agboola, I appreciate your interest and contribution to agriculture. But I have some futuristic opinions for this idea from my own perspective:
#1 Your leafy vegetables must be blanched, you can decide the type of blanching as this depends on the type of vegetable. Blanching must be mild to avoid loss of nutrients, and packaging must be air-tight to avoid quick deterioration, and the packaged product must be stored properly, cold storage isn’t bad.
#2 The carrot can be sliced into chips and stored in cold environment. You can check Google for Pomes fries, or better still French fries, you can work with some Food Scientists and see if they can process carrot to become fryable or microwavable or oven-fryable after long cold storage. Remember, malls can provide freezers for your products, I do see imported vegetables in malls and grocery stores here in Lagos, but you are a potential threat to such importers. #valueaddition
#3 Locust beans is a wonderful recipe, I so much enjoy it when cooked with my stew or vegetable soup “winks”. Packaging is all is needed for Locust beans.
Thumbs up bro.
Seriously, i remove my hat for you…These will be incorporated into the project.
Thank you so much Mr Olakunle Stephen
John, I commend the thinking that has gone into this. Post-harvest losses have graduated into post-harvest waste in our clime. Well done for this solution.
Thank you sir for always motivating me…calling me the agric young guy alone goes a long way in putting this together.
Nice initiative from you,this will not only make farm produce save for consumption, it will also bring about new ways of packaging our farm produce.
Thank you Mr. Adebunmi Olajide
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Thank you for the reblogged.
A good thought that introduces hygiene to agricultural products. Good job.
Thank you sir
This is awesome….you are very right, keep it up.
Thank you Aderinsola
This is a wonderful masterpiece.. . I haven’t for once underestimated your capabilities…. I am sure this proposal will fly as I am very sure that you have plenty stuffs to offer….. Keep the flag flying…… Oke Adedamola Temitayo FUTA
Thank you great minds…
Nice one brother I must recommend you on a job well done God will help you on this journey
Thank you Clifford
Farming can be more profitable if farmers have access to post harvest facilities to reduce wastages. Since this idea is coming from a young farmer who has gathered a lot of experience through learning and practice in such a short time, reducing post harvest losses will help elevate the socioeconomic status of farmers who are mostly likened to poverty in our societies.
Thank you boss for supporting the dream
This is great, preserving indigenous food! #Iru
Thank you Kalusam
great idea Mr john…. the sky is just your starting point
Thank you Kamaldeen
This is brilliant. Your sustainability plan should be well elaborate and properly mapped out
Thank You Mr. Cyril. As well as the world exist, agric will always be a priority and as long as humans consume food, the project will continue to thrive.
There should be indicators to measure progress
What indicators would you put in place to monitor progress
This is a nice innovation. Keep moving
Thank you w4age for your compliment
John this is one of the greastest proposql I have ever see.nice work my man. Lorwall
Thank you my man. I appreciate
Keep it moving bro
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Thank you for the reblogged. I appreciate
Good job sir.. keep it up
Thank you OluwaTosin
this is a job well done.. i’m wowed
it is time we make use of this
Thank you nitemiloluwa for seeing the reality of the project
Great sir. I really enjoyed it and have learned a lot. greater success Sir
Like seriously…Thank you so much
This is wonderful and educative. more greater success sir
Amen to the prayers. Thanks
My wonderful friend this is a lovely piece, kudos to you for the great work, however i would love to know how you intend to cater for publicity of the project? and the ‘BabaAgro’ is an awesome platform to start with, this is where IT weds Agriculture *smile*, Agriculture is the next big thing as long as you are ready to give your all, I see another opportunity in you being able to align your interest with big food stores e.g foodco, shoprite and co in addition to the existing plan…GREAT WORK.
Thank you very much Emmanuel..Plans are sketched already for the publicity of the project which i will not unfold for now but the ICT weds Agric will bring to lime-light the beauty of the BabaAgro. Thank you my ICT expert and i hope you are picturing the development of a web and mobile app for this project..*smiles
Its really a good one
I really love this, it’s a great invention.
Thanks for the compliments Samson
It has been estimated that large percentage of agric produce especially crops are wasted to ill post harvest handling in Nigeria. And this is one of the major reasons that lead to the unattractiveness of the Agric sector, especially to youth. Kudos to Mr John for this feasible plan. Babaagro weldone.
Thank you so much Rotimi for showing concern in the quest to reduce post-harvest loses and to make agriculture attractive for the young people. Thank you for your comment.
John I told a friend recently how accurate you are in writing feasibility report for businesses not knowing you have already put together a great proposal like this.great work
Thanks Man for your support. I really appreciate
this is a good business proposal.
this is a good business proposal, accurate and precise.
Thanks Michael for the compliments
This is a Nice Idea…Kudos
This is absolutely wonderful. We need people with this mindset to set our country back to her track. Good job bro
Thank you Opeoluwa for the compliments
Mr John have known you to be hardworking, brilliant, diligent and intelligent. This is a wonderful business idea from an agri-business consultant. Kudos to u bro
Thank you Gideon for the compliments. You rock man
I wish you success, Mr John.
Thank you Mr. Michael
Thank you Mr. Obiora
Nice concept and quite appropriate
Big thanks my mentor. You always motivate me to more
Nice Idea, John. Excellent work!
Thank you ma for the compliment
Great one John! Kudos
John, storage is a major challenge to agricultural produce. studies should be undertaken in this area and lasting solution proffered. if the project is properly executed, there will be light at the end of the tunnel. well-done
Thank you ma for picturing the solution we want to initiate
this is Awesome, weldone bro. Proudly agriculturist, agbe endowed…. O seeeeee
Thank you Mr. Olasehinde for the compliments
Post Harvest loss…that’s the next phase of agriculture. I support John Agboola on this call.
Thank you Bola for the support.
nice and timely… may God see you through
Thank you Timmy
this is awesome… may God see you through
This is very nice bro…thumbs up
Thank you Kayode for your comment
Great job. I wish you the very best.
Thank ma and Amen to the prayer
I’m always happy seeing great invention like this. thumb up. keep it up
I sincerely see agriculture as the major means of survival in the world, I also believe in your idea which I will quickly want to put to you that I situation like Nigeria that the economy is unstable with regards to market value, how do you intend to cope with this fluctuations.
Thank you Michael. We flow with the current trends which might possibly hike up our purchasing and selling price.
This is great. Value addition, youth in agriculture, reduced post-harvest loss, increased nutritional status! I see great potential in this project.
Thank you Samuel for your support
This is great. Value addition, reduced post harvest loss, improved nutritional status, increased income, youth in agriculture….I see great potential in this project.
I love this project but will like to ask some questions. In the prevention of post harvest losses, what are the basics to be done to preserve the quality of the produce cos what I see here is majorly on packaging, branding (though the materials will be packed as soon as possible to avoid wastage). The quality matters a lot.
Keep the good work coming… And your response is highly needed.
Am happy for your work
Thanks Olayiwola. Since the project is not financially capable to purchase preserving technology for now, the plans is to sun-dry most of the product excluding carrot. But the issues of concern is the vegetables which most people enjoy the freshness aspect…this might be refrigerated and the foresight is to ensure that the product, especially for vegetable is sold to the target market that same day. Any additions from you will also be highly appreciated. Thanks man
This is great and has a good marketing potential. Keep it up
Much thanks Aywenger
Innovative!!!!! Vegetables can still stay fresh for a week if properly sealed. I plucked somes leaves (Efo and Scent leaf) from my farm, selead it and I have been observing them till today. They’re still okay.
All the best.
Wowwwwwww. Thanks Joshua for this useful piece…You can drop your mail..Mine is john.agboola.o.@gmail.com
post harvest losses reduces quality and quantity of food produce. I love this proposal as it will reach the demand of our ever increasing population. Mr John, I would like to ask that is there any implication using genetically modified food or resistant varieties as the food produce (Locust beans and Carrots ) in this concept you’ve explained. bro thanks for the initiative as it will provide jobs for the working population.
Thanks Jeremiah..We are not dealing with GMO product atleast for now. Thanks for your comment
This is a nice proposal. I love it so much
This is increadible
This is a nice one
Excellent brain work
I wish all the very best in this project bro
gud and nice initiative!!!!!! God shall support u to attain d goals!
u are such a person who mostly concern about d gud living of ppl in d community. Highest ground is urs!
I wish you best of luck
This is awesome my Johnee..Thumbs up bro
Nice Idea John
Bro..With you, I am confident Agriculture will take a new shape. All the best bro
Kudos John..All the very best
God will see you through.
I wish you best of luck
This is a great Initiative John
Good one John. God will see you through
I had known you for your hardwork. Go John!
Fertilizer is indeed very important for farmers for effective productivity..Good one dear John
Wowwww. This is awesome John..God will Help you
John..Right from school you have always shown your passion for agriculture and always wanting to help others..I must commend your effort on this project.
Thanks Ezekiel for your comment
Good idea John. God will see you through.
Amen. Thanks Tosin
Thumbs up John
Good one dear
Go John…This proposal is awesome
God will help you John
You are loaded man..I really love the locust beans idea.
I love your thinking..very creative
nice project, keep it up
Thank You Shifu54
good job keep it up
Thank You Sam54
Thank You Yemi
This is a idea. Keep it up
It’s a brilliant idea, good thinking!!!
Good Idea John
Thank you Bakare
God will see you through John
Amen. Thanks man
I love the concept on the locust beans.
The initiative is nice. God will see you through
Thank You Bello
Continue to move higher
Amen. Thank you Assumpta
You are great John.
Thank you dear Sunday
Keep moving bro
The proposal is awesome
Thank You Olusola
The initiative is nice. I pray God see you through
Thank you Adesola
Mr John..Nice concept..Finally you let it out.
Thank you Peace
This is interesting Mr. John
I am impressed with this Mr. John
Thank you Faith
Awesome idea John
Congratulations, I support this fully
Value addition will also help agripreneurs see greater value and reward in Agriculture.
Wish you the best
Thanks Alpha for the inspirational words.
Nice proposal here Mr John as this will serve d ever increasing demand for these produce in Lagos. I would like to know from you Mr John if there is any implication of using genetically modified food or resistant varieties as the food produce ( Locust beans and Carrots ) to be preserved and processed. I love this write up as this establishment will also provide employment to our working population.
Thank you all for your comments and Likes….Gracias!!!!
Nice one sir. more grace.
Mr John, your proposed project is a very good one in the sense that vegetables will be circulated round the Lagos since it would be packed. More Grace