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    Date submitted
  • 08-Dec-2016

FARM-GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES

Abstract

FARM-GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES is a subsidiary of Darbot one-stop technology hub (a registered technology company with registration number BN 2453008) which is aimed at creating agricultural-oriented applications and trainings to contribute to value-added agricultural businesses in Nigeria.

It will be committed to developing interactive teaching and learning solutions for farmers and intending farmers in Nigeria, by adopting ICT through the utilization of multimedia technology to provide a viable and sustainable innovation that will stimulate the Nigerian and African economy in the short term and long term with the following objectives:

A) To stimulate innovative production among the youths, thereby, creating an image of entrepreneurial young farmers and increasing their social status.

B) To provide existing farmers with quality agricultural information such as input supply, service delivery, output and processing and markets through a well-developed value-chain system.

C) To improve access to Agricultural Extension Service and Research Innovations.

The purpose of this application is to obtain financing in form of grant in the amount of 5,000 dollars only to startup the programme.

PROFITABILITY

 Primarily profit would be made from our desktop services, application download, shortcode subscription on a mobile platform, training & training materials including videos, consultation, etc.

 Additional profit would be made from adverts on our site. Charges will be $5,000 per month for a 728 by 90 banner advert, some client reportedly pays $60,000 for the whole year. $250 will be charge per sponsored post and we can get about 5 to 10 of this per day. Also, A monthly income of $20,000 to $80,000 from Google AdSense.

SWOT ANALYSIS

Strength

1. Easy and cheap to use technology, does not necessarily require call credit or internet access to use.

2. The farmers can interact in any of the three major languages in Nigeria.

3. High profitability and revenue

Weaknesses

1. External business risks

2. Geographically, farmers are dispersed and unorganized.

3. Most rural farmers are computer illiterates.

Opportunities

1. Large global/internet markets

2. Growth rates and profitability

3. Income level is at a constant increase

Threats

1. Inconsistent government regulations and policies

2. Technology licensing services

3. Inadequate power supply

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Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

• Youths (ages 20 - 35): Agriculture has the capacity to absorb a vast amount of youths in the primary and secondary level of production. This will stimulate innovative production among the youths, thereby, creating an image of entrepreneurial young farmers and increasing their social status. • Rural and Urban farmers: Farmers lack quality agricultural information such as input supply, service delivery, output & processing & markets but this can be curbed through our well-developed value-chain system. Thus, creating a strong synergy between the rural and urban farmers. • Women: Our programme will make the women more relevant in the society because they will be empowered • Agricultural agencies: They can endorse our products which can send a powerful message to other consumer groups. This will improve access to Agricultural Extension Service & Research Innovations • Nigerian Government: Our products & services will complement government’s effort on its already established agricultural platform.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Farmers lack quality agricultural information such as input supply, diseases, management, service delivery, output and processing and markets. There is yet to be an encompassing scheme that have a well-developed VALUE-CHAIN SYSTEM in Nigeria. Thus, we at FARM-GLOBAL will fill up this lacuna with the effective manipulation of available ICT gadgets, with a full consideration of the ICT know-how of the average farmer, thereby, making us first of its kind. We’ll create a strong synergy between the government, agricultural stakeholders, youths & farmers. Farmers need to be brought up to speed on recent technologies and innovations that will assist them with better production. This will ensure that there is increased income on the part of the farmers, increased productivity which in turn lead to expansion over time and subsequently to the employment of more labour. Educating farmers would create a lot of impact on agriculture in Nigeria.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

FARM-global is to be launched in 3 phases: 1. A MOBILE & WEB APP: Information on specific crops/livestock can be requested either through a mobile app/SMSes or the web portal by registering on the portal’s calendar. This will also help farmers to monitor production activities & progresses on their farms. It’s under construction www.farmglobaltechnolgies.com. Information is being disseminated on www.darbotechub.com at the moment. Also, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs distribution under the Growth Enhancement Support will be conveyed to farmers through SMSes to guard against further diversion. 2. AFFORDABLE TRAININGS: Trainings will be conducted to farmers & youths on best practices for an Integrated Farming System, thereby, increasing the economical capability of at least 3,000 youths within the next 5 years through our capacity building. We’ll create instructional videos & e-books tutorials. 3. A “novel”CUSTOMER CARE SERVICE: This service will help farmers to get quick help on any agricultural production of their choice & challenges facing them. This will be done by simply dialling our toll free number to access our resource personnel

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

There are designed templates in place to form a formidable ICT based learning programme that will ensure that there are skilled people in the company. These skilled individuals will participate in the courseware development and implementation, as well as due maintenance of important technical concerns. Towards actualization of this dream, manpower will be employed with expertise on Open Source Relational Database Management System popularly known as MySQL served with an open source server-side scripting Language known as PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) and programming will be based on Java technologies. THE TEAM COMPRISES OF: 1) Adedare OSUNSANYA is a dynamic young individual born 29 years ago & has over 5 years of experience as a Tech/Agropreneur with special skills in animal husbandry, crop breeding & various ICT services. To his credit, He holds an award in academic research project in ‘value chain system under an industrial Dairy system’ from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Nigeria. He had a year internship training at OAU Teaching & Research farm & Shongai farms, Benin Republic. He was a Livestock Officer at the Osun State Ministry of Agriculture in the past. He is a Graduate Animal Scientist (GAS) of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) and member of the Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN). Currently, he is the Founder/C.E.O of DARBOT one-stop tech. hub, a registered ICT-based company with initiatives on youth engagements & capacity building. The company has grown from 50 to over 2000 Clients within 2 years of existence. He has attended several conferences and trainings in the past ranging from Young Africans Leaders Initiative (YALI), African Management Initiative (AMI), African Leadership Forum (ALF), Kickstart season 2 of the International Breweries foundation and several others. He holds various certificates in both the IT and Agricultural sectors. He bagged a degree in B.Agric. with specialization in Animal Sciences from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in the year 2014. He is the facilitator of this project and will be responsible for implementation of the IT needs and oversees the operations and human resources management. 2) Tope OMOKANJUOLA was born 28years ago &has over 20years as a seasoned Agriculturist. He was the secretary Nigerian Cassava Growers Association Ife Central branch, Osun State for 2years & also participated in the Osun State broilers production scheme in 2013. He had a year internship training at OAU T & R farm &training at Shongai farms, Benin Rep. Presently, he works as a field officer at Agric. secretariat of the FCT, Abuja. He holds a degree in B.Agric. in Soil Science from Obafemi Awolowo University. He will be responsible for strategizing on the most appropriate and targeted approaches to increase farm-global’s visibility in Nigeria through Geographic Information System. 3) Fashina Abisola was born 25 years ago and has over three years of experience as a young start-up entrepreneur working directly in her school community focusing on providing value –added goods and services for students. As part of her passion to see agricultural marketing in Africa become IT inclined she is currently making moves on creating online value added services that would network farmers directly with consumers. This she hopes will foster credible changes in the agricultural marketing system in Nigeria. Abisola holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural-Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and Certificates in fundamentals of running and starting a business, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and certificate in the fundamentals business expansion (YALI). She will be responsible for collaboration with stakeholders to maintain a consistent brand voice and educating prospective and existing farmers about our product features with their benefits.