Nigeria Farm Settlements
The Nigeria Farm Settlements are a series of economically feasible and practical community-based Commerce and Youth Empowerment Projects. This is a heavily community based, self-help commercial opportunity.
In other countries like USA, Netherlands and such, the farming is done by huge mega corporations. Their scale and size allow for the maximum efficiencies of mechanized farming that smaller farmers cannot afford. These huge corporations tend to discourage smaller farmers and chase them out of the business.
The concept of the Nigeria Farm Settlement is a COOPERATIVE.
In its current design scheme, it is a concept of assigned farming plots in 10-acre increments. Actual crop will vary based on locations. Assemblage of smaller farmers, youth farmers, contemporary farmers into a large cooperative affords them the same opportunities that the huge corporate farmers have, such as financial support, mechanization of farming, pesticide and fertilizers, and access to broader international markets. Along with support services and securities that individual farmers cannot afford. Any farmer can apply for a multiple of 10-acre plots, based on demonstrated ability to farm, and commitment to farm the produce for that specific region. The farming area needed will be based on the type of produce being cultivated, but ideally from 15,000 acres and more.
Every farmer that signs on also gets a residential plot to build a residence on, or as an alternate can apply to rent a multi- family unit to live in.
The assignments are conditional use, based on continuing farming. Any lapse in farming will return plots and residential assignments back to the cooperative. Transfers can only be done through the cooperative and can only be to another farmer willing to tend the lots.
Most of the resources needed by the farmers such as schools, security agencies, produce buyers, fertilizer and pesticide sellers are brought to the farmers due to the scale of opportunities. These resources, in turn, help build the colonies. Vocational Training Centers help the children of the farmers to become better farmers themselves, or become skilled tradesmen such as carpenters, bricklayers, electricians, automotive and diesel mechanics. These skills can help in the building of the settlements, and these skills can be exported into the larger local communities. The Non-Farming Land Area needed for these shared resources and housing typically will be about 400 Acres.
The cost for developing these settlements is significantly less than the sum of costs otherwise born by individual farmers. The key costs to the developer of the Settlement is acquisition of land rights, development of infrastructures, administrative facilities, and initial operations cost until the full execution of the cooperative. Most of the commercial, educational and warehouse construction and operation costs are done as a 20 year BOT (Build, Operate and Transfer), and the balance can be achieved through a PPP (Public, Private, Partnership).
Reusing and expansion of existing Cooperative Farms will significantly reduce development costs, and preserve our ecologically valuable Greenfields (Sustainability Targets)
GOAI & GOAL as design firm and initiators are exploring collaborating opportunities with investors and community leaders.
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Nigeria Farm Settlements
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