How to grow Soy Bean and Sunflower for Bidco Africa

Bidco Africa believes in inclusive growth in agribusiness. Consequently we are offering small scale farmers opportunities for partnership in oilseed production (soybeans and sunflower).

Bidco Africa can deal directly with individual small scale farmers but given the size of their enterprises, we advise farmers to form farmers’ groups or cooperatives to benefit from economies of scale.

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  • STEPS
  • FAQs
  • EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM
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Expresses interest to grow and supply either sunflower or soybeans by filling the expression of interest form (EOI) which can be gotten from Elianto Nakuru or downloaded from Bidco’s website. The duly completed and signed forms should be sent back to Elianto Nakuru for assessment and recommendation

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The Bidco agribusiness team will then advise the recommended farmers on suitable crop and varieties for their Agro Ecological Zones. In addition, the farmers are recommended to do soil analysis for their areas of production to have a clear knowledge of the levels of nutrients on their farms. The soil analysis results will be the basis of fertilizer recommendation.

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Bidco Africa will then enter into an off-take contract with the potential farmers. The contract will clearly indicate the farm location, contacts, farm size, crop, varieties, and the quality standards required. The farmer will sign the contract committing himself/herself to grow and supply the oilseeds to Bidco. Bidco will endorse the contract committing itself to offer ready market.

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Bidco extension officers will advise the farmers to ensure Good Agricultural Practices are adhered to by the farmer. In addition, the extension officers will also visit the farmers from time to time based on need. It is the farmer’s responsibility to till the land and buy the required farm inputs (fertilizers, seeds, insecticides). Bidco does not give farmers inputs or guarantee credit to acquire farm inputs.

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The harvested and dried oilseeds are delivered by the farmer to Bidco’s oilseed crushing facility, the Elianto factory in Nakuru. At Elianto, the produce is sampled to ensure that it conforms to the required standards (Specs will be mentioned in the contract) in terms of moisture content and percentage of impurities. If the oilseeds meet the required conditions, the produce is weighed and the weight used to compute the farmer’s payment.

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Bidco extension officers will advise the farmers to ensure Good Agricultural Practices are adhered to by the farmer. In addition, the extension officers will also visit the farmers from time to time based on need. It is the farmer’s responsibility to till the land and buy the required farm inputs (fertilizers, seeds, insecticides). Bidco does not give farmers inputs or guarantee credit to acquire farm inputs.

Trade enquiries to be contacted to the following

1. Nakuru Bidco Africa Ltd.

P.O Box

7029 - 20100,
Sungura Street, Nakuru

Tel

051- 2211 519/ 521

Contact persons:

Mr. Kevin Nyangun

0700 320 172/ 0735 542 685

Samson Samba

0725 933 262

Email:

farmers@bidcoafrica.com

2. Thika Bidco Africa Ltd.

P.O Box

7239 - 01000,
Thika

Tel

067 2821 000

Contact persons:

Mr. John Kariuki

0788 524 632

Email:

farmers@bidcoafrica.com

CONTRACT FARMING FOR BIDCO AFRICA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. How would I become a contract farmer for Bidco Africa? 1. How would I become a contract farmer for Bidco Africa?

You fill the Expression Of interest (EOI) Form and send it to Bidco, Elianto for assessment and recommendation. Bidco will then get back to the recommended farmers and advised on the next step of engagement.

3. Does Bidco provide farmers with inputs such as seeds and fertilizers? 3. Does Bidco provide farmers with inputs such as seeds and fertilizers?

Bidco does not provide farmers with farm inputs or credit to buy inputs. However, we do provide technical training but more importantly, Bidco provides an assured sustainable market for the oilseeds.

5. What price does Bidco offer per kg for both sunflower and soybeans? 5. What price does Bidco offer per kg for both sunflower and soybeans?

Bidco offers very competitive prices for both oilseeds. The price depends on the prevailing market price at the point of delivery.

6. What is the mode of payment and how long does it take to pay? 6. What is the mode of payment and how long does it take to pay?

Payment process is initiated once the produce is weighed at Elianto, Nakuru. The payment is done directly to the farmers account. Normally in two days’ time from delivery time, the money will be transferred by EFT to the farmers account.

8. Which variety of Soybeans seed does Bidco recommend for farmers to plant? 8. Which variety of Soybeans seed does Bidco recommend for farmers to plant?

many varieties are in the market but preferable plant the erect types like Nyala, gazelle etc. which takes a short period to mature than the creeping ones.

11. Do I require fertilizer for planting? 11. Do I require fertilizer for planting?

yes but depends on soil fertility after test. We advise farmers to have the soils of their land tested to know the nutrient status .

12. How much yields per acre can I get from sunflower and soy beans? 12. How much yields per acre can I get from sunflower and soy beans?

it depends with good agronomic management. For sunflower averagely 800 kgs and soy beans 550 kgs.

13. How long does it take for sunflower and soy beans to mature? 13. How long does it take for sunflower and soy beans to mature?

for sunflower it takes 3 to 4 months for soya it takes 4 to 5 months based on the altitude ,weather and variety.

14. Can these crops be intercropped with others? 14. Can these crops be intercropped with others?

sunflower is a fast growing crop and will compete for sunlight with the other hence requires pure stand. However, Soy beans are capable to produce well when intercropped but requires good spacing.

15. What quality parameters does Bidco require? 15. What quality parameters does Bidco require?

for soy seed dry and clean (12% moisture and max 1% impurities) and for sunflower (10% moisture and max 1% impurities) packed in 50 kgs (max) bags .

SOYBEAN AND SUNFLOWER GROWERS FOR BIDCO AFRICA

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