Industrial Visit To Dandani Farms Nig. Ltd, Agbarha – Otor, Delta State


On 2nd April 2015, the President Engr. (Mrs) Nnoli Akpedeye FNSE, led a delegation of APWEN Warri Chapter members on an industrial visit to Dandani Farms Nigeria Ltd, a mechanised poultry farm located at Agbarha-Otor on the outskirts of Ughelli Town in Delta State. Dandani Farms was well represented by the Managing Director, Mrs. Chi Omonigho who is an Agriculture Engineer, and key management staff of the organisation.

Dandani Farms is a significant player in poultry business in Delta State with an evergreen stock of over 50,000 birds and processing capacity of 10,000 -20,000 chickens per week depending on demand. The establishment also produces eggs in large quantities at another location in Delta State.

To kick-off the visit, APWEN President appreciated Dandani Farms for the opportunity to engage with them on their laudable entrepreneurial approach, and on the benefits/risks of mechanised farming in the prevailing economic climate. Dandani MD, Mrs. Omonigho, encouraged women engineers to take the plunge but start small like she did with a clear vision of where they want the business to go and well-defined strategies for achieving their vision. She elaborated on the challenges and rewards of deploying her engineering knowledge and skills towards the success of Dandani Farms, whilst giving the APWEN delegation an in-depth tour of their facilities.

The tour covered two major installations at different locations in Agbarha-Otor, namely:
1. The Chicken Feed Production Unit where the chicken feed is manufactured using locally fabricated machinery and 95% locally sourced raw materials; and a Hatchery Unit for grooming day old chicks.
2. The Chicken Processing Unit comprising the Chicken Pens/Cages; Mechanised Processor made up of the stunning, bleeding, scalding, de-feathering, eviscerating, grading, packaging, sealing, blasting and storage; and an Incinerator.

The visit was a good eye-opener into the possibilities and advantages of agro-based entrepreneurship in the face of dwindling job opportunities in Nigeria; and boosted members’ resolve/confidence in their ability to become potential job-creators rather than job-seekers.

Dandani Farms Nigeria Limited also provides consultancy services in this regard (see details attached).