- Livestock farming- catfish, snails, goat, chicken
- Food restaurant/mobile delivery for offices.
- Healthy food restaurant- fruits, fresh juices, smoothies
- Cold room/frozen foods retail
- Pap production and retail
- Bakery- snacks, bread, cake
- Small chops supplies/catering
- Plantation farming- vegetables, corn, onions
- Export of food crops/commodities- yam flour, cotton, rubber, shea butter, chille pepper
- Honey export and local retail
Welcome to this week’s episode of top business ideas for women in 2015. If you have not read the 1st episode, please do so as you need to know how to select out of the top 75 ideas. See link here http://mrsceonaija.com/2015/01/09/top-75-business-ideas-for-2015-episode-1-2/
This week, I am sharing tips on how to actually start an agriculture- animal livestock business. I am sharing based on real life experience. I grew up practically on an animal farm- so I’ve raised goats, I’ve raised poultry, I’ve raised ducks, rabbits and more!
- Learn the business: Before you start, you need to research the business thoroughly. You can research online, apprentice with similar businesses, visit other businesses e.t.c
- You need some space/home for the animals: Some animals don’t need sophisticated preparation and a bit easier to raise e.g snails, goats whilst some require more constructed cages e.g poultry, fish. Either way, you need some fair amount of space to raise animals on a large scale
- Identify the source of the ‘baby animal’. You need to identify where you will buy the baby animals from. I.e whether chicks for poultry, kids for goats, calf for cows, fingerling for fish e.t.c
- You need to identify their feed: For some animals, their food is more available e.g. grass, cassava peelings, banana peelings, grains. But some animals require ready made feed e.g poultry chicken. Either way, you need to understand what the animals eat and how to get it.
- Medical attention: You need to have a Veterinary doctor that can attend to your animals as needed.
- Right team: You need someone to attend to the animals/security. This person cares for them- feeds, gives water, cleans environment, take them to a graze as needed e.t.c
- Be prepared to combat ‘predators’: Different livestock businesses attract different predators especially if your site is located in a sparsely populated area or near a river. Examples are rats, soldier ants, snakes. There are many ways to tackle, you can fumigate surroundings, clear bush in surroundings.
- Waste management: You must know how you will dispose their waste so as not to become an environmental nuisance. J
Overall, Start small and grow at your pace so you learn on the job. Infact, you can start some animals at home so you can monitor them. (this doesn’t include cows 🙂
) Ensure you get your costs right so you make profit. You don’t need a fortune to raise 10-15 goats at home or a few snails! Or a few chicken! But you will generate fair income in about one year when they are grown. Good luck.