I am Manasseh Gala Ezekiel, 33, from Kaduna, Nigeria. I am a graduate of Agricultural Economics and Extension, presently studying a Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Kaduna Business School.
I am currently the Farm Manager of EasyMangala Farms, Nasarawa, Nigeria. My business location is in AngwanAdamu village,Karu, Nasarawa State, North Central Nigeria.
I studied in Benue State, Nigeria, popularly known as ‘the food basket of the nation’, where I learned the act of farming as both a practice and a skill.
I am involved in keeping fish and poultry as well as offering consultancy services in general agriculture and business plan design.
My objectives target mostly rural-dwellers.
Due to the prevailing nutritional deficiencies of most Nigerian rural-dwellers, high unemployment rate, and improper waste management, I propose a fish-cum-poultry farm to meet protein demand, provide economic boosts by creating jobs, and minimizing waste by treating poultry droppings to feed fish.
The main purpose of this business is to help solve the problem of land tenure which has caused great loss of lives and properties in recent times here in Nigeria. Thus, there will be maximal utilization of space and resources.
Income generated from one venture is channelled into the production in the other venture simultaneously. This enables multiple land use that would have been underutilized.
My motivation for proposing this venture emanates from my desire to meet and satisfy the nutritional needs of my society, gain control over my career as an agriculturist alongside my work environment, get and keep customer in business, generate income and create profit, and create job opportunities for my community as well as to have a flexible working hours for self development.
To achieve my dream of being an agripreneur, I have acquired relevant techniques in both fisheries and poultry production for better service delivery. I have purchased a piece of land which I am gradually developing to fulfil my dream and currently undergoing a study on innovation and entrepreneurship for creative thinking and excellent management respectively.
The cost of putting the farm project together is USD 5,000 and will comprise:
- Capital equipment, such as buildings, borehole, feeders, drinkers, among others (USD 1,500)
- Operating expenses, such as stock, feeds, vaccines, wages, and utilities (USD 3,000)
- Other expenses, such as pre-start, set-up, and accreditation (USD 500).
Fish-cum-poultry integration is a multiple-land-use approach that combines fish culture with poultry table egg production.
The increasing use of this method is due to the fact that the economic prospects have been well recognized worldwide.
The poultry droppings will be collected, treated and served as fish feed and thereby reducing feed cost by one-third.
This brings three production advantages: cost minimization, profit maximization, and correct resource allocation into business growth and sustainability.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Manasseh Gala Ezekiel (Nigeria): easymangala[at]yahoo.com
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