Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Our Products & Services


Business Development Services (BDS)

Hatchery System Services and Concept/Practice of Effective Hatching
and Raising of Fingerlings --------------------------------------N3, 000
Central Farm Services and Raising of Catfish -------------------N2, 500
Business Training ----------------------------------------------N3, 000
Feeds/Feeding and Fish Feed Formulation & Preparation ------N3, 000
Advisory Services:
Start-up Farm Business Advisory/Counseling Services (per hour) -N450
Existing Farm Business Advisory/Counseling Service (per hour) --N750
Extension Services – On-site (per day) ---------------------------N1, 250
Business Plan Writing and Business Packaging --------------------N2, 500
Business Health Check and Intervention --------------------------N1, 500
Farm Set-up Estimate/Economic Analysis ------------------------N1, 500


Catfish Juvenile --------------------------------------------------N20
Catfish Post-Juvenile ---------------------------------------------N30
Table Size Catfish (per kilo) ---------------------------------------500
Fish Feeds
Per Bag -----------------------------------------------------------N4, 300
Per Kilo -----------------------------------------------------------N320
5% discount for bulk purchase of 2500 fingerlings/juveniles and above
5% discount for bulk purchase of 50kg of table size

Oil Palm -----------------------------------------------------------N200
Guava (Jumbo) ----------------------------------------------------N200
Citrus (Orange) ----------------------------------------------------N400
Mango -------------------------------------------------------------N400
Cashew ------------------------------------------------------------N150
Others (based on order)
5% discount for bulk purchase of 100 and above

Rice Seeds
Cassava Seeds
Cowpea Seeds
Others (based on order)


Duration: One Week
Introduction to fish farming
Sourcing fish for culture
Cultivable species
Selection of fish for culture
Fish transportation
Pond preparation before stocking
Culture of fish in ponds
Feed Application
Pond maintenance

Duration: One week
Laval Production
Selection of Brood stock
Stripping & Fertilization
Egg Incubation

Duration: One week
Feed Nutrients
Formulated Feeds from Feed Ingredients
Small Scale Feed Production
Feed Application
Typical Catfish Diet
Feed Formulation by the Pearson’s Square Method

Duration: One week
Understanding a Small Business
Personnel Management
Financial Management
Methods of Record
Types & Samples of Records
Economic Analysis of Catfish Production in Homestead Fiber Glass Tanks
Preparing a Business Plan
How to Package your Business to Access Funds

Weekend classes can be arranged where the demand is high.

Work Done on the Business Development Services (BDS), MSME, Catfish Farming Industry Supply Chain Development Project.

The end of yet another quarter of project activity is a delightful one for us as well as for the Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) because there is no doubt that our success is also your success.

This is not just a successful execution of the initial project year gone half way (2 quarters or 6 months) but it is for us also the successful opening and running of a new business arm for half a year. You will agree that in business this is an important mile stone.
The Kafanchan branch of PPG Enterprises came about as a result of this project and we have seen this branch grow rapidly increasing our reach to the society, widening our business base (number of employees, assets and revenue) and most importantly another avenue to affect lives positively and contribute to poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihood.
Other achievements worthy of note are in improved capacity in the areas of Accounting, Business management and ICT. We now have our mail server, a web page (though icecool is taking forever to host it) a blog where we keep diary of important activities and a company brochure.
Before proceeding into details I am eager to mention that it is not only PPG Enterprises that has grown as a result of this project but while on client Monitoring & Evaluation for the end of this quarter we saw over 10 MSMEs that were given birth to at the beginning of this project already actively in business and have even achieved substantial growth over these 6 months.


Publicity and Awareness
There was a considerable increase in the level of awareness of the project activities. Trainings were announced on television (NTA Kafanchan) as well as other publicity materials such as fliers and handbills. The Social & faith-based institutions were involved as they mobilized their members to take part in trainings.

We held two (2) batches of training this quarter. The training was broken down as decided after the previous quarter into 4 modules;
- General Introduction to Fish faming – The basics.
- Central farm services & raising of catfish, Feeds and feed formulation
- Hatching and hatchery systems services
- Business Training and How to package your business to access funds.
The course content and price list are attached.
This quarter we broke our coverage area into four zones, Kwoi, Kafanchan, Zonkwa and Samaru Kataf, and went to each zone to conduct trainings. Thus, our reach was wider.

Advisory & Extension Services
There is an increase in demand of advisory services as compared to the 1st quarter with more people willing to part with their money as payment for such services. This can be attributed to the fact that a lot of fish farms were start-ups and they needed guidance as they seemed to be facing beginning challenges of mainly water management and fingerling management because of their young/tender nature. Other aspects that saw clients come in for advisory services were on business management and accessing funds for their development. To this effect we got in contact with the Micro-finance banks (MFB) within the communities and we had success with Commonwealth MFB where one of our clients (Nyah Audu) was able to access funds for growth of his business. Other clients are also billed to benefit from Fantsuam Foundations Micro Finance arm at the beginning of next quarter as arrangements have already been made.

Client Monitoring & Evaluation
This was the most interesting aspect of the project so far as we were able to see a visible translation to reality of our efforts on the project so far. We traveled the entire rural area to visit clients and though it was a hectic exercise it was worthwhile. This felt like another “rural rugged” an exercise embarked on by Christian Corps members. From the clients visited during the monitoring and evaluation exercise we have a good number of success stories to share.

Success Stories:
Peter Keta
This man who is over 60 years old attended the training in the first quarter and again in the second quarter. We had not seen much activity from him as regards purchase of feeds or fingerlings but when we went on the M&E exercise we saw 3 sizeable earthen ponds (1500 average capacity each) he had just completed. He is set to stock at the beginning of next year. He says he is excited as at his age he sees that he has finally found a way out of poverty for his extended family and himself.

Nyah Audu
During the first training we conducted, this young man was a participant and while he was on training he practiced what he was learning by immediately putting up a pilot fish farm of 250 fish capacity. We saw so much activity from him in terms of purchase of fingerlings and feeds, which prompted us to visit his farm. The most interesting thing about his case is that he started with very little capital expenditure (N17,500) as he built the concrete pond himself and the prospect of making profits and breaking-even (expected income N74,000) in just the first cycle has led him to building 2 bigger ponds with the help of a loan he acquired through our network.

Yakubu Ezekiel (Jaja)
At this fish farm two young men, after going through the first quarter training, came together to start a fish farm (700 fish capacity) that has experience very little mortality with great growth. They are also excited and are already rallying for fund for expansion as our advices to be patient and allow the business to grow itself seemed too far away for them.

Col. Kachim
He is a retired military man with a passion for agriculture. This is demonstrated by the number and variety of animals & birds of his farm which is part of his residential home. He was able to complete a fish farm project he started 2 years ago after coming in contact with this project and is set to stock his pond by January 2009. His farm is large and will employ a minimum of 3 hands when full operation starts next year.

Danlami Uzi
At his farm we were surprised by the welcome accorded to us. He is a staff of Fire service and had asked the zonal manager to use a space within the Fire service complex for his fish farm. The progress they saw with the fish farm got the entire staff fascinated and they took the farm as their own. The Zonal manager was excited to see those who had prompted this young staff of his to such an enterprising venture and had asked to partner with the project to train fire service staff as a way of creating other sources of income for the staff. The office agreed to give Danlami more space of which he has constructed to 2 ponds (2000 carrying capacity each) and is waiting to complete the well before stocking.

Mrs Bakut
She has got a fish farm of about 700 capacity built in her home with a well as the source of water and a pump to get water into the ponds. She had challenges of mortality of the fingerlings but after our intervention they are coping fine.

Rev. Thomas B.
This is another enterprising elderly man who just started fish farming as an inclusion to his poultry farm. The farm is currently doing fine.

Yabo Nuhu
The activity we saw on this client in purchasing fish feeds led us to visit his farm. He had come in at one time to ask for advice of the feed size to give his fish and then asked us to visit his farm if we had time. Though he got his fingerlings elsewhere, he got to find out about us when he needed feeds and then he realized we offered other services, which he took advantage of. He has already acquired a plot for expansion and is awaiting funds from his first sales to embark on the expansion. He has about 700 fish in his pond.

Mary Jatau
The zeal of this woman was good to see as she is doing her fish farm in two plastic containers and a metal bath despite space and land constraints. The amount of energy and determination she has put, if channeled properly will yield great results. This was our advice to her. We gave her advices to ease her endeavors and encouraged her to carry on.

Partnership with the Government
We have been working in close partnership with the Kaduna State Agriculture Development Project (KADP) on our project activities. The KADP is the voice of the Government in projects related to Agriculture. We have worked closely with the KADP Samaru zone to ensure Agricultural development in the region and State. Such partnership and efforts have fostered Agricultural development, particularly in the Southern Kaduna zone, which has been recognized through visits by the State Programme Director and a Project team made up of Project Staff and consultants on two separate occasions, to appreciate, encourage and explore other avenues of partnership.
We also have plans, awaiting approval, to extend our services to each Local Government of Kaduna State.


“Bearing the right attitude, the challenges you face in life will make you rather than mare you.” As it is always the case with any worthy Endeavour, we had a number of challenges but we thank God he gave us the knowledge and enablement to handle our challenges and it is these challenges, ironically, that are responsible for the growth and development of this project in a number of ways, which include;

1. Challenge - A constraint of good location in terms of source of water and adequate space for our clients who were interested, some already practicing, and had gone through training to show their readiness and determination to get into the practice of fish farming.
Response – We came up with a community fish pond scheme (earthen). Here we locate a good site (close to the river) within the community and secure a sizeable piece of land where we construct earthen ponds of different sizes close to the water source (river) with a central security and water flow. This is made available to our farmer client on an agreement basis (rent or a certain percentage of sales). This is what informed the Ungwa-rimi project which has been completed and stocked with fish. In the following half year we will replicate the same scheme in Zauru community.
This has no doubt widened our business base, our reach and also our source of income.

2. Challenge – A very low number of women involved and high gender imbalance.
Response – We designed a new training course (package); Fish Drying & Grilling Training targeted at the women to get them actively involved in the catfish supply chain. This will strengthen our network (supply chain) as well as solve the challenge of producing farmers who have fish that are not growing, the way out being to dry them and sell as dried fish as people hardly purchase the fish fresh when they are not properly grown.

3. Challenge – Stunted growth of the fish of a number of fish farmers although we have not received such complaints from clients who purchased fish seeds (fingerlings) from us.
Response – We are doing a research and already experimenting cross breeding the African catfish (clarias gariepinus) with the fast growing catfish specie, mari. We want to be able to offer our clients a fast growing specie of catfish that will make breaking even as a business more feasible since they will be able to grow the fish to table size in a shorter period with less consumption of feeds.

4. Challenge – Clients complain of Breaking even as a result of the amount they spend to feed the fish to achieve optimum results. Most time they complain the money spent on feeding is too high and makes the effort futile.
Response – Research on Local feed formulation that will be cheap and still yield optimum growth of fish. The research is presently ongoing.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Farming Industry (MSME Sector) Supply Chain Stakeholders Interactive Session/Market Research.

The newness of the Business Development Service (BDS) concept and its low level of acceptability/utilization informed the need to host interactive sessions in various regions of rural communities in the southern part of Kaduna State-Nigeria.

BDS provision (Training and Advisory services) is the next best thing in boosting business activity in the MSME sector as the importance of training and business information to the MSME sector cannot be overestimated.

At the interactive sessions (Zonkwa, Samaru, Kwoi and Kafanchan) we pulled together a crowd richly composed of major stakeholders in the catfish farming industry such as manufacturers and suppliers of fish feeds (Jubaili Agrotech & Dizengoff), Micro-finance Banks, Market women, Non-Governmental/Civil Organizations, Government Agencies (Kaduna State Agric Development Project), fish farmers (new and existing) and fish consumers. We focused on strengthening the catfish supply chain at every link by joining hands to chart an effective course out of poverty using catfish farming to create jobs and sources of earning a living.

Boosting MSME activity in catfish farming is an ongoing project (World Bank/FGN BDS Funded Project) we are executing with a realization of 50% of set targets in just a little over one quarter of the one year execution period.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Company Profile

Premier Parks & Gardens (PPG) Enterprises
General Agriculture, Aquaculture and Horticulture Solutions
Along Idu Industrial Layout – Airport Road,
Opposite Intercontinental Bank Plc,
Kagoro Road, Kafanchan,
Kaduna State.

Where We Started!
The company was formed in July 2005 as a partnership involving two partners. The principal partner Mr. Haruna A. Kazzah, a seasoned Agriculturist in learning and practice, had this desire to contribute to reviving the Agricultural sector in Nigeria and by extension Africa. He got a partner in Mrs. Murna A. Kazzah to share this dream with him. The medium for the realization of this dream is PPG Enterprises.

Our Destination!
The structure of the company reflects its ambition to partner with its clients to become a force to reckon with in Agro-allied businesses in the international market while overcoming the inherent challenges. In this we aim to create jobs, generate substantial earnings and make “fortune-500” firms out of Agriculture in Nigeria and Africa.
Our efforts are directed towards contributing to the reduction of poverty in the rural communities of Nigeria.

What we have done!
We bring into the sector over 20 years Business, Managerial and Technical experience in Agriculture. We have 30 Skilled and Unskilled staff. Jobs we have executed include;
- Landscaping of Garki General Hospital Abuja, National Emergency Management Agency Abuja, amongst many.
- Development of Premier Gardens Jabi Abuja integrated fish farming, horticulture and leisure facility (Now Jabi Lake Park).
- Setting up and running of over 10 five farms of a minimum of 100 hectares in different arable crops/seed production and catfish farming/fingerling production.

Cooperate Partnerships
- Participated In A Comprehensive FISH CULTURE FORUM (Workshop) Organised By SMEDAN For Both Service Providers And Fish Farmers
- Partnership with NDE (FCT) On Start Your Own Business (SYOB) Trained Participants Attachment to Established Entrepreneurs.
- Organized Farm Visits For Training Workshops On Homestead Fish Farming For Serving And Retiring Public Servants.

What we are doing!
Our business engagements involve general Agriculture, Aquaculture and Horticulture (Environment) solutions. These have been packaged into a wide variety of products tailored to meet specific needs of our clients. They include;
Sector Specific Business Development Services (BDS) in the form of
Training in;
- Hatchery System Services and Concept/Practice of effective Hatching and raising of fingerlings
- Central farm services and raising of catfish
- Business management and packaging of business to access funds
- Feeds/Feeding and Fish feed formulation and Preparation
Counseling/Advisory Services
Extension Services
Business Plan writing and Business Packaging
Business Health Check and Intervention
Aquaculture products such as;
- Fingerlings/Juveniles
- Fish feeds
- Table size fish
- Smoked fish
Tree crop seedlings like;
- Ornamentals
- Fruit trees
- Forest trees
Arable crop seedling multiplication (improved varieties) like;

- Rice seeds
- Cassava seeds
- Cowpea seeds

Our Mission Statement!
We have identified lack of inputs and technical services as the missing link that has hindered the growth of Agriculture in Nigeria and by extension Africa. We have made bridging this gap our prime focus through achieving;
Availability of Agricultural inputs and technical services, which are vital for any profitable Agricultural engagement
Affordability. We offer very attractive prices for our products and services. The most common hindrance to the utilization of improved farm inputs and technical services is the high prices tagged on the already scarce inputs and services, which put it beyond reach for the average farmer.
Applicability. Our products and services are designed to meet specific needs of clients as their needs could be peculiar. We always have our clients in mind and through regular interaction we are able to act on responses to our products and services act and give the client optimum value for his/her money and time.

Our Values!
Team spirited
Hard Work

Projects We Are Currently Executing.
Provision of Business Development Services (BDS) to MSMEs for the Catfish Farming Industry Supply Chain Development Project (CFISCDP) in Kaduna State – Nigeria.

Quality Support System
Premier Parks & Gardens Enterprises is registered with the Federal Government, Nigeria, Corporate Affairs Commission (No.: BN2003186)

Cooperate Member Fishery Society of Nigeria (FISON)

Member Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFAN) Abuja and Jema’a L.G.A. Kaduna chapters

Member Board of Trustees Cassava Produce Promoters & Exporters Association of Nigeria (CASPPEAN)

Contact us when you need knowledgeable and reliable customer products/services.

Let’s Keep The Land, Our Livelihood And The Economy Green!
Empowering the rural poor farming communities!!