My name is Agbelesola Dolapo, 30, from Ilesha in Osun state, Nigeria. I was born in Ilesha and the first in the family of five. I am an Agricultural Engineer by profession and an entrepreneur.
DOTEB AGRICULTURAL COMPANY is a community based project that designs and fabricates good and efficient processing machinery for various post- harvest activities of agricultural crops from harvest to storage using solar/motor. We will also be providing training services for people on farming using the latest technology from DOTEB AGRICULTURAL COMPANY. Our business will provide the products to our customers by making use of our acquired skills, experience and expertise in fabricating the latest technology for agricultural use. Using different marketing strategies, we will be selling our products to farmers/companies based in the Northern region of Nigeria and also exporting it to other states/countries.
What Problems Are We Are Trying To Solve
The use of traditional method for processing crops is predominant here in Northern region of Nigeria. These methods do not support large-scale processing of crops, especially for commercial purposes. Presently in Nigeria, the region that is the highest producer of grains is the northern part of the country and it was observed that most processing of these crops was done by hand. This is time wasting, energy sapping, tedious, back straining and uneconomical. This method also introduces contaminant into the product which makes it unhygienic and wasteful.
Development of these machines records few success and this is why the manual method remains the only means of processing crops in this part. Farmers cannot afford the efficient but high cost of imported processing machinery which is not only costly but also requires a skilled technician to be able to operate it. All these problems are being addressed and will be solved by DOTEB AGRICULTURAL COMPANY.
Motivation and benefits for my community
Seeing how much stress farmers go through to process their crops, with the high cost of labour and charges, coupled with the increasing numbers of unemployed graduates roaming on the streets with their certificate actually influenced my decision to become an entrepreneur in my field of study
- Help the farmers to process their crops without having to purchase expensive foreign machine
- Reduces post-harvest losses of agricultural crops
- Reduces high cost of labour, stress and saves time
- Provide job opportunities for people and also help build more entrepreneurs in our line of business
- Encourages farmers to plant more because they can buy and process their crops themselves
- Improves farmer’s standard of living.
How do we achieve our goals
- Effective and Efficient Distribution Network: The importance of such cannot be overemphasized in our line of business. We intend to establish an excellent distribution network that will enable us to rapidly respond to customers’ orders, and be available in remote areas our competitor has not yet exploited.
- Sales: Proper marketing with vigorous advertisement will ensure the product is made available to the target market and Good customer relationship
- Training our youths on fabricating good and efficient machinery for farmers
Progress so far
- We have carried out physical survey using a well-structured questionnaire to our target customers to know their challenges and how we can help solve it.
- We have tested the prototype of these machines for its efficiency on different crops
Measuring Our Success
Our success will be measured by:
- How many jobs our business has created
- How satisfied our customers are with our products, this will be done by carrying out customer opinion survey and market research to know if we are
- How well our business activities impacts the community
First Tranche (3 months)
Second Tranche (4 months)
Electrical Installation: $500
Machinery and tools: $2000
Third Tranche (3 months)
Work Uniforms: $200
Blogpost and picture submitted by Agbelesola Dolapo (Nigeria) – dolapoagbele[at]gmail.com
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