|Dairy Cattle @ Shonga Farms|
Shonga Farms is owned and managed by the Government of Kwara state, it is made up of 13 farmers invited by the government of Kwara State to facilitate agricultural development and rapid growth in the state.
Since the inception of the farm, it as enhanced agricultural productivity and development even as it a create job opportunities and facilitates Food security.
The Government of Dr. Bukola Saraki in a bid to revitalize the agricultural sector in Kwara State instituted the Back-to-Farm Project. This project was meant to encourage commercial agriculture in the state.
The government cleared large hectares of land, procured agricultural inputs like fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides, and distributed lands to farmers.
The Back-to-Farm project recorded 14 percent success, for various reasons, including inadequate commercial farming experience on the part of the farmers.
It was a learning experience for the Kwara State government which decided to seize the opportunity of the situation in Zimbabwe, where white farmers were being displaced by the Zimbabwean government, to offer the farmers an opportunity to farm in Kwara.
The bold step was met with a lot of enthusiasm by a lot of the Zimbabwean farmers and led to the development of the pilot scheme, Shonga Farms involving 13 farmers, who have now relocated and settled in Shonga, Kwara State.
The farmers were each given 1,000 hectares of land under a 25 year renewable lease for commercial farming purpose.
The state government provided the initial equipment for land clearing and guaranteed initial credit facilities for the farmers. The government compensated the local community and further gave them incentives, in addition to relocating them to some other lands to farm.
Some Pictures of Shonga Farms
Dr. Bukola Saraki being conducted around Shonga dairy farm
Jersey cows at the Shonga dairy farm
Part of the Shonga milk processing factory
I think as with any other sound project, the Shonga project is actually touching lives in a practical and visible way. At least the people of Shonga will agree.
Dr. Bukola Saraki giving the directive for Shonga to be connected to power substation
The Shonga power substation
My Visit to Shonga Farm Holding
I was opportune to attend an excursion to the shonga farms holding in 2010, while i was still in high school and that was when i was able to see most of the structures and farm layout, the farm is the biggest in Kwara state and we had to travel a long distance from the cassava farm to the dairy cattle range still within the farm.
Some of my Pitcures
|Me @ Shonga farms - 2010|
|Me @ Center and my Agric Teacher @ Left - Ndidi Ifevbor|
|Me at Shonga Farms Catte Range - 2010|
The Kwara state decided to invite the Zimbabwean farmers in order to meet the state’s food requirement, produce raw materials for its agro-allied industries, and also produce for export. The state also embarked on this project because of its enormous job creation potentials.
Shonga Farms Holding LimitedShonga Farms Holding Limited (SFH) was incorporated as a Special Purpose Vehicle to facilitate public-private partnership in respect to the commercial farming project of Kwara State Government under the leadership of the Governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki. SFH was specifically established to finance activities in the farm.
The five banks involved in the financing of this initiative are Guarantee Trust Bank, Intercontinental Banks, Unity Bank, Fin Bank and Bank PHB. The banks own seventy-five percent equity while the state government owns twenty-five percent equity.
The Shonga Farms Holding on the other hand owns sixty percent equity in each of the 13 farms, leaving the farmers with forty percent equity.
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The Shonga Farms Holding Nigeria Limited, through its subsidiaries engages in mixed, dairy, and poultry farming. It produces commercial crops such as maize, rice, cassava, ginger, soya bean, milk and poultry meat. The company is an independent entity of its own, separate from the state government.
Impact of Shonga FarmsThe Shonga farms have greatly enhanced food production in Kwara State. Currently, the Farm’s chicken processing plant produces 2,500 processed frozen chickens per day, but at full operational capacity will produce 10,000 chickens per day.
Also the dairy farm has the capacity to process up to 50,000 liters of milk per day.
The farm’s priority is to focus on serving the local market of Kwara State before other states.
The farm supplies 2500 litres of raw milk to WAMCO (producers of PEAK MILK) daily.
The poultry farm, whose facility has the capacity for 12 million broiler chickens per annum, currently supplies chicken to the fast food company Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Lagos.
It also supplies banana to the retail store, Shoprite.
Shonga Farm has not only boosted employment in the sector for locals it is also an opportunity for the local farmers to learn agricultural best practises.
The success of Shonga Farms has led to several new developments in Kwara State.
Through the farm alone, up to 3,000- 4,000 are employed during the harvesting season.
The residents in the neighboring villages now enjoy power supply, water and access to healthcare facilities. Several investors like WAMCO and Olam are currently operating in Kwara State, creating employment opportunities for its residents, while several others are showing interest in investing in the Kwara state agricultural sector.
The Shonga Project is centered on three farming activities; mixed farming, dairy farming and poultry farming
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