- Client : MARKET DEVELOPMENT for the Niger Delta
- Category : Business, Technology, Workshop
- Date : 2014
- Location : 51, Lagos Street, Off Kings Square, Benin City. Edo State. Nigeria
Training of Fabricators on Fabrication of NIFOR Small Scale Processing Equipment Market Development for Niger Delta region (MADE) – a project seeks to increase incomes and employment opportunities for 150,000 people in the Niger Delta (it is expected that half of the beneficiaries would be women) particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable. MADE uses a Making Markets Work for the Poor (or M4P) approach to diagnose the problems and inefficiencies within identified sectors and design interventions that facilitate systemic change.
The project works to build local capacities and change market incentives so that the sectors better meets the long-term needs of the poor, including women across the Niger Delta region. MADE is currently implementing pilot activities for selected sectors (such as Oil Palm, Rural poultry, Aquaculture, etc.) with the purpose of supporting systemic changes in these sectors to produce pro-poor outcomes
Palm oil is an important product from the Niger Delta region (the region accounts for 50% of production) used for food and non-food purposes in Nigeria, nonetheless demand outweighs local supply. One of the major constraining factors for the shortfall in local supply is the current use of inefficient processing technologies with low extraction rates (5-10%) by small holders which lead to 25-50% loss of oil. This results in low oil output and earnings, thus leaving smallholder processors and producers with little or no incentive to increase output and yields respectively. Improved processing technologiessuch as the NIFOR Small Scale Processing Equipment (SSPE) exists and are capable of increasing oil extraction.
However, these technologies are not being used by smallholders due to poor awareness, lack of capacity of local fabricators to manufacture the machines, poor marketing by fabricators of processing technologies and high up-front cost. In this regard, MADE seeks to strengthen the capacities of fabricators in manufacturing improved processing technologies that would be adapted to the needs of small holder processors and therefore requires the services of a consultant to provide training to a selected group of fabricators on how to manufacture the NIFOR Small Scale Processing Equipment (SSPE) in Akwa Ibom State.
Objective of the Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to strengthen the capacities of lead fabricators to manufacture improved processing equipment and practices in Akwa Ibom. Specifically, the consultant is expected to:
- Customize a training package for fabricators on how to manufacture NIFOR Small Scale Processing Equipment (SSPE) that reflects the needs of the local processors
- Develop a simple training manual on how to manufacture NIFOR Small Scale Processing Equipment (SSPE) for the fabricators
- Deliver training to selected fabricators on how to manufacture NIFOR Small Scale Processing Equipment (SSPE)
- Oversee fabrication of selected component of NIFOR Small Scale Processing Equipment (SSPE) at selected fabricator’s workshops.
- Install products of training at designated mill
- Conducted Skill gap seminar
- Trained equipment Fabricators to meet the project objectives stated above
:Agricultural/food process Engineer, food Science Specialist, Planning Specialist, Economist, and Mechanical technicians.