Wednesday, February 9, 2011

BeeKeeping Success


Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby but it can also be a profitable business. Beekeeping is a full time occupation for other people. There are thousands of hobby beekeepers worldwide and numerous large-scale commercial beekeepers. According to estimates, the annual production of honey worldwide exceeds a million metric tons.

Almost every person can be an apiarist. But some who have allergies to bee stings and pollen might want to consider pursuing other hobbies or enterprise. The truth is honey bees would normally sting only when they have to defend themselves. In fact, an individual may develop immunity from bee venom in time. So if all the precautions are met, you can start your beekeeping.

Honeybees are social insects that live in hives. A typical honey bee colony has thousands of bees working together in building nest, collecting food and rearing brood. The bees in a colony are divided in three groups and each has its own tasks to perform.

If you want to get started in Beekeeping, make sure that you have the basic components of the hive, protective gears, equipments in handling the honey, and a bee source. You can start your bee business by buying package bees, buying an already established bee colony or collecting swarms. But for starters, packages are recommended.

Beekeeping has a lot of benefits to offer. If you can overcome the fear of being stung by a bee, then beekeeping can be worth a try.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Get your dream job in agric

Agrijob specialises in recruitment in agriculture, horticulture and food-processing. We know the industry well; therefore we are in an excellent position to assist companies to find suitable candidates to fill positions and also to help candidates to find challenging positions.

Our website boasts an interactive job portal where candidates can register, update their details, upload their CV's and search and apply for jobs. All CV's are strictly confidential. Agrijob does not disclose CV's to any third parties, including prospective employers, without the permission of candidates.

Agrijob makes use of a recruitment tool called 'Shadowmatch'. This exciting recruitment and human resources placement and management tool is known to work very well. 'Shadowmatch' helps ensure employers appoint candidates to match a successful benchmark group. If you are interested in listing one or more jobs, please contact us for more information.

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General Manager Agricultural Input supplies (Zambia) Inserted:
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Retail Food Technologist (Fresh Produce) Inserted:
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Logistics Manager Citrus/Grapes Western Cape Inserted:
01/10/2011 Location:
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Farm Manager (Crops) Free State Inserted:
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Account Manager Agricultural input supply Inserted:
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KwaZulu-Natal


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Irrigation Manager – Berry Farm- Eastern Cape Inserted:
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

how to start farm business

NIGERIA is a country endowed with numerous natural resources: good and fair climate and large expanse of fertile land, most of which are still unused. This is a country where every single soul should be fully engaged and be making money.

Since starting an agricultural business involves proper knowledge and planning, let us therefore look at common mistakes people make while starting an agricultural business and to learn how to avoid such mistakes.

1. The single and biggest mistake that people make is not choosing the right farm business or product. If you don’t have a slight interest in raising animals or growing things, please don’t go into it. Your interest might just be in distribution of agricultural products or processing. Discover the area of agric that you want to be involved in and start from there. For example, if you want to sell smoked fish, you really don’t need to have a fish farm to do that, you can buy fish from fish farmers and smoke them to sell. Last week, I met a lady whose monthly turnover on selling snails is about N400,000, but she does not have a snail farm.

2. Don’t rush into it prematurely: Many entrepreneurs rush into a business prematurely. If you are still working, don’t quit your job until you are fully qualified and prepared in every aspect to start your farm business on full time, that is, you can start your farm business on part-time without quitting your job. It is interesting to know that in the bureau code of conduct for Nigeria civil servants, the only PP – private practice allowed is agriculture.

Starting your agric business after retirement might be too late. Honestly, it is too late! Organisations should assist employees to plan for retirement by organising pre -retirement training programmes.
CUAD offers a well packaged pre- retirement agric training programme for organisations.

3. Not Seeking information and advice: Many starters make the mistake of not seeking for information or advice from others. Don’t be afraid to ask questions from people who are already in the business.Gain the advantage of learning what the worst problems are, based on the experience of those who have been there. Attend seminars and workshops, buy and read books. Remember information is power!

4. Don’t depend entirely on outside resources to furnish the money to start your agric business. The first resource should be your own personal savings. If you have not started saving money towards the project, then it shows that you are not ready. Begin to save money now. And when you ask someone for money, be prepared to provide a comprehensive plan that includes your contribution and schedule for repayment.

5. Failure to plan: After acquiring land for your farming business, list out all the activities that you want to do on the land and map them out on a layout. Draw your planting time– table.

6. Be flexible but not confused: After drawing out your time-table, there should be room for flexibility.

7. It is a mistake not to have a lawyer when signing a land lease, a partnership agreement or a franchise agreement.

8. Don’t fail to exercise rigid internal financial controls. Your goal is to make sure that your farm business receives all of its income, without any of it being siphoned off by waste, fraud, dishonest employees or simple carelessness. Do not delegate to anyone the authority to sign cheques

9. Don’t be an absentee farm owner; be part of your business. Visit your farm and be actively involved in the day- to- day running of the farm. Don’t abandon your farm to a consultant. Always remember that it is your money. Never blame your farm business failure on the person whose money is not in the business!Take 100 per cent responsibility for your actions.

10. Failure to envisage business downturns or challenges: Be rest assured that you will experience challenges in your farm business. Failure to accept this is a mistake.

No matter how prepared and informed you are, there will always be some challenges. In reality, your cash flow projection might be far from your projection. What do you do? A slight mistake on the farm may even wipe out all your livestock, what do you do? That is not the time to quit but look for opportunities in the adversity.

Last year, I lost some fish on the farm and some refused to grow as expected. I didn’t hesitate to cut cost, I stopped feeding the fish and ended up smoking them. That singular act exposed me to the business of smoking fish, which I'm finding very profitable now.
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Soy biodiesel


Soy biodiesel
What is soy biodiesel?
Biodiesel consists of mono alkyl esters produced from vegetable oils,animal or old cooking fats. Soy biodiesel is fuel alternative produced from soybean oil. Biodiesel contains no petroleum diesel, but it can be blended with petroleum diesel.
Since the oil embargo of 1973 by the OPEC a lot of research was done on biodiesel in various universities and government agencies in the USA. Soy biodiesel can be used in diesel engines with little or no modifications. Soy biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification whereby the glycerin is separated from the soybean oil. The process gives two products: methyl esters (the chemical name for biodiesel) and glycerin (used to make soap). Biodiesel is mainly produced and used in the USA. In 1999 about 0.5 million gallons was produced and this value increased to about 25 million gallons in 2003.


Advantages of soy biodiesel
As compared to normal diesel, soy biodiesel has following advantages:
Biodiesel is better for the environment - Soy biodiesel is better for the environment because it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel. The use of biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine results in substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and soot. The use of biodiesel does not increase the CO2 level in the atmosphere, since growing soybeans consumes also CO2. Biodiesel is also more biodegradable than conventional diesel. Studies at the University of Idaho have illustrated biodiesel degraded for 95 percent after 28 days compared to 40 percent for diesel fuel.
Better lubricant - Lubrication tests have demonstrated the lubrication advantage of biodiesel.

soy candles


What are soy candles?
Soy candles are made from soy wax, which is hydrogenated soybean oil. Soy wax was invented in 1992 by Michael Richards who was looking for a cheaper alternative to beeswax. As he entered the candle industry he realized there was a growing demand for natural wax candles. Soy wax is often mixed with fragrances to produces scented soy candles. They are available in supermarkets and specialized stores and can also be bought online. It is also easy and very rewarding making soy candles at home.
Advantages of soy candles
Soy candles have to following advantages compared to paraffin wax candles:

Soy candles are cheap - Beeswax is a great natural alternative to paraffin, but to get the same results as a soy-based candle, it is very expensive. Soy wax is a new alternative to paraffin wax that is cost effective. Soy wax is also made from a renewable source.

Soy wax is all-natural - Soy wax is a favorite of environmentally conscious people because it is not made from petroleum, like paraffin candles. Burning of soy candles does not increase the CO2 level in the atmosphere.

Soy candles last longer - They can last up to 50% longer than paraffin candles.

Wax spills are easy to clean - It's very difficult to remove paraffin wax from furniture or textiles. Soy wax spills can easily be cleaned up with hot soapy water.

Soy candles produce less soot - Soot should be avoided because it is very unhealthy and can eventually coat furniture and walls. Soy candles produce about 90% less soot that paraffin candles.

Scented soy candles distribute more flavour - The incorporation of soybean oil lowers the melting point of the candle, which translates into cooler burning candles and faster scent dispersion. The lower melting point of soy wax results in a larger size of the liquid wax pool around the candle wick. It is from this liquid wax pool that the essential oils evaporate into the atmosphere.

Soy health value


Benefits of soy
There is no denying that soy has many health benefits. These health benefits are mainly coming form the quality of the soy proteins and form the isoflavones genistein and daidzein. Below you can find the main health benefits of soy.
Soy improves bone health
Soy products, such as soy milk, do not contain a lot of calcium but the soy isoflavones may help to reduce the osteoporosis risk. Several studies have suggested that soy isoflavones may be a factor in helping to prevent bone loss. The isoflavone genistein seems to inhibit bone breakdown and may have similar effects than estrogens in maintaining bone tissue. Soy can also indirectly improve bone health. Diets which are high in animal protein cause more calcium to be excreted in the urine. Replacing animal protein with soy protein may help to prevent calcium loss from the bones.
Soy relieves menopausal symptoms
Epidemiological data show that Asian women suffer less from hot flashes and night sweats compared to Western women. These symptoms of menopause are caused by low estrogen levels. Estrogens play a role in the body temperature control. Soy isoflavones can through their estrogen-like effect control these menopausal symptoms.
Soy reduces risk for heart diseases
In countries were soy products are ingested regularly, the rates of cardiovascular diseases is low. Research suggests that soy may help to prevent heart disease by reducing total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol and preventing plaque buildup in the arteries, which could lead to stroke or heart attack. These health benefits are also mainly attributes to the soy isoflavones. The soy isoflavone genistein may also increase the flexibility of blood vessels.
Soy helps to prevent certain cancers
Several studies have indicated that a regular intake of soy foods may help to prevent hormone related cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer.
Soy is very nutritive
Soy products such as tofu, tempeh and soy milk are very rich in protein. This protein is of very high quality because it contains all essential amino acids. The amino acids of soy combine very well with the amino acids of cereals. The soy protein is therefore very important for vegans.
Soy is a good source of lecithin and vitamin E. These natural antioxidants prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Soy is rich in magnesium, which plays an important function for the bones, heart and arteries.

Nutritional values of soy milk


What is soy milk?
Soy milk is made by soaking soybeans, grinding them with water. The fluid which results after straining is called soy milk. You can make soy milk at home with basic kitchen tools or with a soy milk machine. Soy milk is most commonly found in aseptic cartons. Most of the soy milk available in the market is flavoured and fortified with extra calcium or vitamins. The most popular flavours are vanilla and chocolate. Some producers add thickeners to their soy milk to give it a mouth feel of cow's milk. Traditionally, soy milk has a beany taste which is well accepted by the Chinese, but less by the Western palate. By using correct processing techniques, this beany taste can be reduced or eliminated. Recently, with the recognition of its health benefits and with its improved flavor and texture, soy milk has now a high and rising acceptance. Sometimes, use is made of protein isolates from soy bean which are mixed with water, oils, sugars, stabilisers to give it a milky appearance. This type of product is not as wholesome as real soy milk. In Europe, legislation prohibits soy milk manaufacturers to label their product as soy milk. Often they use the denomination soy drinkSoy milk
Soy Milk
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Soy Milk Powder
What is soy milk?
Soy milk is made by soaking soybeans, grinding them with water. The fluid which results after straining is called soy milk. You can make soy milk at home with basic kitchen tools or with a soy milk machine. Soy milk is most commonly found in aseptic cartons. Most of the soy milk available in the market is flavoured and fortified with extra calcium or vitamins. The most popular flavours are vanilla and chocolate. Some producers add thickeners to their soy milk to give it a mouth feel of cow's milk. Traditionally, soy milk has a beany taste which is well accepted by the Chinese, but less by the Western palate. By using correct processing techniques, this beany taste can be reduced or eliminated. Recently, with the recognition of its health benefits and with its improved flavor and texture, soy milk has now a high and rising acceptance. Sometimes, use is made of protein isolates from soy bean which are mixed with water, oils, sugars, stabilisers to give it a milky appearance. This type of product is not as wholesome as real soy milk. In Europe, legislation prohibits soy milk manaufacturers to label their product as soy milk. Often they use the denomination soy drink.

Nutritional values of soy milk
Plain soy milk is very nutritive: it's an excellent source of high quality proteins, isoflavones and B-vitamins. Soy milk is free of the milk sugar (lactose) and is a good choice for people who are lactose intolerant. Also, it is a good alternative to those who are allergic the proteins of cow's milk.
Making your own soy milk
In China and Japan fresh soy milk is made daily using a simple, centuries-old process of grinding soaked soybeans and pressing the soy milk out of the beans. There, soy milk is sold by street vendors or in cafes. Soy milk is served hot or cold and is often flavored with soy sauce and vegetables to produce a spicy soup.

Many people find the cost of commercial soymilk to be prohibitive and make soy milk at home. They soak and crush soy beans and filter the liquid, which is soy milk. Some have invested in a soy milk machine that cooks and grinds the soy beans and makes soy milk, fresh in your own home. There are different brands of soy milk machines on the market (Miracle Soy Wonder, SoyJoy Automatic Soy Milk Maker, SoyToy Soy Milk Machine, Soyapower). You don't need these machines to make good quality soy milk, but they make life easier and give a high yield.Nutritional values of soymilk
Soymilk is an excellent source of high quality protein and B-vitamins. Soymilk is not a rich source of calcium, this is way most commercial soymilk products are fortified with calcium.

Soymilk naturally contains isoflavones, plant chemicals that help lower LDL ("bad" cholesterol) if taken as part of a "heart healthy" eating plan.

Nutrional values of soymilk (per 100g):

Water 93.3 g
Energy 33.0 kcal
Energy 138.0 kJ
Protein 2.8 g
Fat (total lipid) 2.0 g
Fatty acids, saturated 0.214 g
Fatty acids, mono-unsaturated 0.326 g
Fatty acids, poly-unsaturated 0.833 g
Carbohydrates 1.8 g
Fiber 1.3 g
Ash 0.27 g
Isoflavones 8.8 mg
Calcium, Ca 4.0 mg
Iron, Fe 0.58 mg
Magnesium, Mg 19.0 mg
Phosphorus, Mg 49.0 mg
Potassium, K 141.0 mg
Sodium, Na 12.0 mg
Zinc, Zn 0.23 mg
Copper, Cu 0.12 mg
Manganese, Mn 0.17 mg
Selenium, Se 1.3 µg
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 0.0 mg
Thiamin (vitamin B1) 0.161 mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 0.070 mg
Niacin (vitamin B3) 0.147 mg
Panthotenic acid (vitamin B5) 0.048 mg
Vitamin B6 0.041 mg
Folic acid 1.5 µg
Vitamin B12 0.0 µg
Vitamin A 3.0 µg
Vitamin E 0.010 mg

[Source: USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference]