Shonga Farms, Kwara State,         Nigeria An ‘experiment’ in large-scale  commercial farming under      Nigerian conditions
Events• Fact-finding visit 2004• M o U agreed• 2005 arrival of 13 farmers• 13,000 ha leased on 1,000 ha long leases• 4,656...
Government obligations•   Facilitation of loans•   Pioneer financial status•   Clearance of woodland•   Provision of elect...
Enterprises•   Poultry – broiler chickens (4 farms)•   Cattle - dairying•   Cassava - fufu•   Sorghum – feed•   Cowpeas – ...
Youth• Rural-urban migration, labour  shortage, fields abandoned• ‘Back to the land’ but most absconded• ‘Youth empowermen...
Policy dilemma1. Replication of the large-scale   commercial model2. Training,empowerment of youth3. Smallholder incentive...
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Mortimore Shonga Farms, Nigeria - An ‘experiment’ in large-scale commercial farming under Nigerian conditions

  1. 1. Shonga Farms, Kwara State, Nigeria An ‘experiment’ in large-scale commercial farming under Nigerian conditions
  2. 2. Events• Fact-finding visit 2004• M o U agreed• 2005 arrival of 13 farmers• 13,000 ha leased on 1,000 ha long leases• 4,656 ha set aside for compensation and youth farms• 1,990 claimants for compensation• Cash, bicycles, inputs
  3. 3. Government obligations• Facilitation of loans• Pioneer financial status• Clearance of woodland• Provision of electricity• Repairs to road and new field roads• Direct access to the State Governor
  4. 4. Enterprises• Poultry – broiler chickens (4 farms)• Cattle - dairying• Cassava - fufu• Sorghum – feed• Cowpeas – market and feed• Maize – feed• Rice – by irrigation for market
  5. 5. Youth• Rural-urban migration, labour shortage, fields abandoned• ‘Back to the land’ but most absconded• ‘Youth empowerment’ but credit barriers• Community model commercial farms• But no uptake of Shonga land (1,200 ha)• Shonga and Matete farm schools, informal learning incl cattle
  6. 6. Policy dilemma1. Replication of the large-scale commercial model2. Training,empowerment of youth3. Smallholder incentives, e.g. fertilizerBUT1. Employment on the Shonga farms (<3,000), plus local service providers2. Autonomous markets

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