Fiona Johnson, MD of Vellag Ltd has taken up the role of regional co-ordinator for the Tropical Agriculture Association. The TAA are an institution that was formed in the 1970’s and aims to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods in developing countries through agriculture. The TAA’s brief is to advance education, research and practice in agriculture.
Fiona gave a speech entitled “Can Technology Feed 10 Billion People?” and it was very well received.
If you would like a transcript, please drop us a line and we can send you a PDF of the talk.
I spent Saturday 31st May 2014 selling raffle tickets at the Bath and West Show for this beautiful restored Massey Ferguson 35 tractor. There were four of us from the Tropical Agricultural Association helping to raise money for the Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust.
More details about the tractor:
- Fully restored by the students at Bicton Agricultural College
- With Vapourmatic parts
- Brand new Firestone Tyres
- Petrol driven
- She is going round the agricultural shows this year.
- Raffle tickets £1 each
- Raffle in aid of Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust ( BOAT)
- For main article on BOAT and a chance to purchase tickets click here.
We have been extolling the virtues of processing chicken manure into a sterile pellet or powder. Natural fertilizers are a great multi-solution product. Turn your chicken deep litter into a product you can spread on the fields if you grow your own corn. Or turn it into cash selling a premium gardeners product on the market.
Either way, check out the links below:
Get in touch if you need a quote using our contact form!
We went to a really interesting seminar given by the Tropical Agriculture Association entitled Developments in Ugandan Agriculture. The event was hosted at Bicton College in Budleigh Salterton who hold a course once a year for the Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust. The course is in Institutional Management & Business planning. There were students from Uganda at the seminar which was lovely to see and very nerve wracking for the speakers to talk about agriculture in Uganda in front of Ugandans.
Here are some pictures I took of a display of Uganda crafts from the Food for Thought projects run in Devon.
I was delighted to see that we had a write up in the Guardian on line edition today 14th May. When you have a very niche company, you get overlooked by a lot of the newspapers and government agencies. Support and funding is non-existent for good old fashioned supply and ship companies like ours. Technology may be sexy – the new facebook, the new paypal, the next Bill Gates, but small companies like ours keep the machinery moving. As we are in agriculture, that means we literally keep people fed by supplying spare parts for broken down tractors. Have a nice day!
Watch our Managing Director Fiona Johnson talking about cassava to a group in Dorchester, UK. Cassava is not an easily recongnised foodstuff in Europe. Some people recall the horror of Tapioca pudding from school dinners decades ago. In the developing world, cassava is a great food stuff as it is easy to grow and doesn’t suffer from many pests or diseases.
Today, more interest is being generated using cassava as a base for snack foods. Fiona’s take on this points out the irony that cassava is a subsistance crop upon which millions of people survive in Africa, but in the West, it is being sold as “diet snack food”.
Cassava is a versatile crop with many uses aside from as a source of calories.
It can be turned into glucose and fructose for the food industry for sweetening drinks and cakes. Cassava can be turned into flour for bread, pastry and biscuits. The starch products can be used as thickener for sauces.
We are pleased to announce that we have joined forces with IMC Scrapers to supply scrapers, land levellers and spare parts to our customers in Nigeria.
Vellag pride ourselves in supplying the right stuff that lasts. IMC scrapers go the distance and are designed to ship in a container. We also supply OEM Reynolds scraper parts. Replacement scraper parts are really good value. Made in the USA, there is no compromise on quality
If you would like more information about the scrapers or IMC/Reynolds scraper parts for your farm, please drop us a line and we would be really happy to help.
Jersey cows were imported by ex Zimbabwean Farmer Irvine Reid who lives with his wife Gayle in Kwara State, Nigeria. I visited the farm in February 2014 and had a chat with him about his business and the way forward for his dairy herd.
The benefits of cross breeding the pure bred Jersey cattle with the local indigenous Fulani cattle will be huge.
For more, see the article here.
As part of my job supplying spare parts for tractors and machinery for farms, I am occasionally allowed out to see my clients. In February 2014, I was very lucky to get to visit Shonga Farm in North Ilorin, Kwara State Nigeria.
Here I am in front of a banana plantation in Nigeria:
I was part of a delegation from the British High Commission and shown around the farm by Group Managing Director Tope Daramola. We visited three farms – two producing chicken and one dairy farm. There is an article about the cows in the dairy farm here.
The farmers have a very successful chicken rearing facility. More about that later!
In the mean time, I had a wonderful visit to a great business that combines state support with private expertise to provide food security for Nigeria.
No Farmer, No Country! was a cry I heard quite a bit in Ilorin. They take their farming very seriously in Kwara State.