Initial Investment: ₦ 0
Maize popularly called corn or “mouth organ” is a staple diet in both humans and livestock. Its grows in every state of the country but production is seasonal due to dependence on rain. Maize consumption cuts across all ethnic groups as a snack, boiled or roasted.
There are different varieties of maize locally developed and cultivated in Nigeria. We are focusing on two types, field corn which is meant for processing and Quality Protein Maize (QPM) for fresh consumption. QPM is naturally high in lysine and tryptophan.
Lysine is important for proper growth, and it plays an essential role in the production of carnitine, a nutrient responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and helping to lower cholesterol.
Tryptophan acts like a natural mood regulator, since it has the ability to help the body produce and balance some hormones naturally. It helps bring on natural calming effects, induces sleep, fights anxiety and can also help burn more body fat. Tryptophan has also been found to stimulate the release of growth hormones and even reduce food cravings for carbohydrates.
Babies and adults consuming QPM are healthier and at lower risk for malnutrition disorders.
Producing and making QPM accessible all year round will improve the nutrition of Nigerian children and adults especially in the rural communities where we operate from. This variety of maize is bred in Nigeria naturally.
Finally, as Africa’s population continues to grow, the demand and consumption of maize will increase rapidly over the coming years. According to IITA estimates, about 800 million tons of maize is produced worldwide every year. Africa produces 6.5 percent of this volume which is still insufficient for local consumption. Also, Nigeria remains Africa’s largest producer with nearly 8 million tons produced per annum and it is closely followed by South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
What does my investment cover?
1) Renting the plots of land on your behalf
2) Insurance from Leadway Assurance to cover the farms throughout the farming cycle
3) Farm inputs including high-quality seeds, fertilizers and farm tools
4) Farmers labour to work on the farm
5) Logistics to get the harvested cassava from farm to market
Farm Location: Barkin Ladi, Plateau State
Farm Size: 500 Acres
Maize Type: Field Corn & Quality Protein Maize (QPM)
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