Below is a breakdown of what exactly the $7m that we are seeking for our intended agro-processing plant will cover. Also, please be sure to check out the campaign that we have created to rally collaborators to help us establish this plant.
Our goal is to develop a diversified agro-processing plant that will place our farmers’ produce at every level of the agricultural market chain: supermarkets and grocery stores; bottling companies and breweries; biscuit makers and yogurt producers; bakeries and confectioneries; paperboard industries and pharmaceuticals, etc.
Rural poor smallholder farmers will directly benefit from free inputs (i.e. seed and agronomic training) that the UCF provides to all the participating farmers (at no cost to them), in addition to high prices for their produce, and a ready market at harvest.
The UCF is a nonprofit social enterprise, and all the support that we provide to fellow poor farmers in our region (i.e. seed, fertilizers and agronomic training) is all free of charge to these farmers. Once we install this plant, that will give us the capacity to support many poor farmers across a wider geographical area, in a fully self-sustaining manner, and with a ready market for these farmers’ produce.
Below is what the $7m will pay for:
1). Farmer Support:
Provision of seed (sorghum; cassava stems; mango seedlings; passion fruit seedlings; pineapple suckers; moringa; beets and carrot), and agronomic training to rural poor farmers: $300,000 for 3 years. This is both aimed at increasing the local farmers’ scope of production, and to ensure that even the poorest farmers who have no inputs can participate equally, this time with a ready market for their produce.
2). Processing Plant (component #1):
a). Eight greenhouse-type solar food dryers, each measuring 2,615 square feet (or 9mx27m). These food dryers will be constructed with materials wholly imported from the Germany company ‘Covestro’, and will be installed by Covestro’s implementing technical team (SolarLabSU.com), who are based at Silpakorn University. Cost per dryer (including shipping of materials & labor) is $74,000. Total cost for 8 dryers: $592,000.
b). An electrified borehole, and plumbing installations, to supply running water (a manual borehole is already in place at our project, the UCF, but needs modification to provide running water ): $9,000
c). 2 – 4 cassava slicers/chippers: $8,000
d). A cassava milling machine: $20,000
e). Industrial weighing scale; packaging utilities, and other accessories: $16,000.
f). A new building for housing our milling machine, processed food and other equipment (plus renovation of the UCF’s already existing office building and storehouse): $27,000
g). An open building where fresh cassava is peeled: $4,000.
h). A 625 square ft concrete water tank where peeled cassava is soaked overnight before chipping: $6,000
i). Laying concrete bricks all over the yard of our processing plant (to enhance hygiene): $9,000
j). A 300 ft x 400 ft enclosure around our processing plant for security: $9,000
3). Processing Plant (component #2):
A facility that turns fresh fruits into intermediate products (purees and concentrates) for the food industry: $6m. As indicated on this Wikipedia page below, a new fruit processing plant similar to the one that we want to install as component #2 was recently established in the far north eastern part of Uganda, in a region called “Soroti” — at a cost of $10.2m (an $8m grant from Korea, and $2.2m from Uganda).
This means, with $6m, our own fruit plant, if installed, will only be half the size (and will have half the capacity) of the fruit processing plant in Soroti, and will be the very first such plant in our region. Specifically, our own plant will have an hourly capacity of turning 2 – 4 tonnes of fresh mango into purees/concentrates. This will vary for the rest of other fruits. Please learn about the Soroti plant here on Wikipedia.
Total cost (for 1, 2 and 3 above): $7m