UNIG AGROPRODUCT – an enterprise created specifically to implement projects in the agrarian sector of the Nigerian economy.
According to our founders, Agriculture is the most promising investment sector in Nigeria. Given that more than 60% of food products are imported – for a country where the population will soon exceed the 200 Million mark, with commensurate market potential.
A huge amount of currency goes abroad as payment for food. This not only invests in external economies, it erodes the opportunity to provide requisite funds for Nigerian agrarian industry.
The huge population that needs to be fed is a huge market. This market has great potential. This represents an incentive for the development of agrarian and agro-industrial areas. Saturating the domestic market with home grown food will enable the country not only to get rid of import dependence, but also to become a powerful exporter of agricultural products in Africa and beyond.
The extremely favorable climatic conditions and the availability of arable land, together with the creation of a powerful production base for its processing, will ensure progressive economic growth, well-being of the population and will allow Nigeria to occupy a leading position in this field of business globally.
Of great importance to this is agricultural technology, which makes it possible to mechanize otherwise labor-intensive processes in cultivation, planting, weeding and harvesting. What can be done manually on 500 or 1000 hectares is impossible on 10,000 hectares.
Achieving this cannot be without tractors and special equipment.
UNIG HOLDINGS is currently organizing the assembly of tractors in Nigeria. This includes service centres for tractor repair, restoration, remodelling and remotorization of other equipment.
Also centers for the training of operators of tractors and mechanics are being created. In addition, delivery and assembly of implements and attachments – trailers, plows, harrows, cultivators, equipment for planting seedlings, weeding and for harvesting.
Due to the seasonality of the weather in Nigeria, rainy season for 5 to 6 months, and dry season the rest of the time when moisture is not available in the required amount – it is important to create irrigation and drainage systems – water accumulation.
In the dry periods, it is most effective to deploy an irrigation system. Such as the Ukrainian machines “Fregat”, which in a circular motion provides irrigation to and average 79 hectares of land, with a radius of the irrigation system of 500 meters, delivering up to 90 liters of water per minute per square meter.
But for a more accurate application of moisture, it would be more correct to use drip irrigation systems, where the volume of supplied moisture can be set more accurately, and thus ensure the necessary water balance of the soil.
In the rainy season – there is need to remove moisture from the fields. To do this, field preparation must be with a view slightly slope for rainwater drains and at the same time build hydro accumulators – artificial lakes with mechanisms for banking water – dams. This allows, on the one hand, to remove excessive moisture during the rainy season for use in the dry period.
Sewage is diverted by canals, which can be arranged both in concrete construction – and ground, with geotextiles.
A large amount of precipitation in the summer contributes to the creation of artificial reservoirs suitable for growing fish. But here the problem of balanced feeds comes first. If they are available, the commercial weight of the farmed fish will increase intensively. And the construction of feed mills and the production of fodder for fish is extremely necessary for the development of this industry.
Just as intensive crop production will promote the cultivation of not only marketable products, but also forage and silage, which will give a powerful impetus to large-scale commercial livestock production because large livestock farms can not perform their function without feed. Grazing large numbers of cattle on any territory is always fraught with great difficulties and problems. The only way out is to create livestock farms and chicken coops, where much will depend on the availability of feed.
Therefore, livestock farming will not develop without a fodder base and enterprises for the production of combined feeds – mixed fodders. Thus, mechanized processing of fields and production of mixed fodders – remain the requsite conditions for the development of livestock and meat production in large quantities and at low prices.
To us at UNIG, the wide application in Nigeria of open greenhouses will be very effective. They are able to prevent the ingress of excess moisture into the ground during the rainy season and ensure a water balance in the dry period.
In the presence of well-trained soil scientists and agronomists – the Nigerian land is arable with capacity to give constantly high yields, and consequently profit. But for this to be achieved, it is necessary to observe the crop rotation of the cultivated products and to form and replenish the soil biohumus.
The creation of enterprises for processing agricultural products will not only enable the preservation of harvest, but also to produce high volumes of food necessary for social consumption. This culminates in high value end user product, not just agricultural production with short shelf life. the model is better than the cheap alternative which has low profitability due to expensive logistics and spoilage as the storage and transportation conditions are not respected.
our alternative delivers finished product having a high value and a long storage time.
All of the above only basically shows the direction and essence of the intensification of agricultural commodities production that every country in the world has been and will continue to pursue, which if adopted in Nigeria, is bound to provide its citizens with food.
This is the philosophy of our business in the agrarian sector of the economy