FMS Farms operations will comprise of three independent projects as shown below:
The Cassava Farm Project
FMS Farms Cassava Project seeks to harmonize opportunities in the cassava value chain by establishing an integrated farming and processing business that will produce industrial grade cassava starch and derivatives, for supply into manufacturers across multiple sectors and exports. This project comprises of:
A 2.5 ton per hour cassava starch processing plant which requires an input of about 75,000 metric tons of cassava roots annually.
The management and cultivation of a 3,000hectare cassava farm to produce the root requirement for the factory, primarily through an outgrower strategy that incorporates farmers from the community into dedicated areas on FMS premises. This will run under a block farming model being implemented with the technical and financial support of IDH – a sustainable trade initiative
The Vegetable Farm Project
FMS Vegetable Farm seeks to take advantage of the inherent gaps in the vegetable farming sub-sector of the agricultural industry of the country. The main objective is to be the foremost supplier of premium grade vegetable produce in the market, leveraging innovation, technology and agricultural best practices to deliver value . The investment in the vegetable farm will consist of 57,600sqm of greenhouse facilities, 100hectares open cultivation space, and a world class vegetable processing, packaging, and storage facility. This will be an expansion of current operations (10,000sqm of greenhouses) that also incorporates an inclusive community engagement plan specifically targeted at women and smallholder farmers.
The Animal Farm Project
FMS Animal Farms is to initially expand its pilot poultry (16,000 birds) to broader integrated operation of the animal farms division to cover the rearing and maintenance of various animals (cattle, sheep, goats, chickens etc) for breeding and production of meat and meat products.