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FOODIE UPDATE (Why we should stop eating wheat foods)

We will take a brief vacation today from the ongoing running series on CHRONIC INSOMNIA AND TRAINLOAD OF TROUBLES, which has run in two parts. The series is yielding ground to two publications, which have been making the rounds in many chat groups on the social media, including some of the friendship groups to which I belong.

When I first read about the dangers of eating wheat, I almost responded like a Doubting Thomas. Wheat?, I wondered. We have eaten wheat since goodness knows when! Until the Nigerian bread market became fraudulent, mixing white flour with wheat flour and passing it off as whole wheat flour and bread, I ate wheat bread for breakfast almost everyday. The shocking discovery is that man has now done to wheat what they have done, and are doing, to other food crops, modifying them from the way Mother Nature gave us these food crops and transforming them into states that would make them grow faster, more resistant to infections, keep longer and yield more money in the market. Quite naturally, the transformation alters, also, the natural ratios in which the constituents co-exist, and yield new radiations which the body now has to adapt to.

The second article, on asparagus, a long-known kidney cleansing herb, is considered for a mention in this column in the state in which it has been lifted from the social media because it may have, as suggested, an important role to play in the cure of cancer and other diseases which plague us today not only in Nigeria but worldwide.

My apologies go to the authors of these articles and to other original sources, which may have been lost through posting and reposting on the social media. Because of this it is not possible to give them their due credit for the publication. Nevertheless, I thought of republishing them because it is the wish of this authors and sources that this be done because of the health they believe doing so will afford the health of humanity

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (Blockchain seen as tool in food safety)

The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops from farm to table.Working with IBM, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is testing the technology system on mangos in the United States and pork in China.

Blockchain, the underlying technology behind virtual currency bitcoin, is a digital system that allows counter parties to transact using individual codes for goods.

“I see a lot of potential to create what I call a digital and transparent food system,” said Wal-Mart food safety vice president Frank Yiannas.

The technology enables different parties in the supply chain to share details such as the date an animal was slaughtered or the weather conditions at harvest time.

Data can be stored through a photograph on a smartphone that is transmitted onto a dedicated platform.

The system also can also counter fraud and mistaken deliveries, champions of the technology say.

“The advantage of blockchain is that the ledger is immediately updated and all the parties have access to the latest information,” said Bill Fearnley, Jr. an expert at market intelligence firm IDC.

Supporters of blockchain are especially keen to address salmonella and other food safety problems that can cause health scares that weigh on corporate reputation and damage sales.

The technology allows a more efficient response if there is a problem, enabling companies to locate the source of an incident more quickly, Yiannas said.

He pointed to a 2006 case where it took hundreds of investigators and two weeks to identify the source of bad spinach under a paper-based system.

But blockchain “reduces tracing from days to seconds,” Yiannas said. “The more accurately you can track food, the better.”

Demand for transparency

The other great virtue of blockchain is enhanced transparency by letting consumers look up key information on where food comes from, an asset amid growing concerns about genetically-modified crops and artificial ingredients.

That additional transparency also can help promote more desirable practices.

British online startup Provenance used blockchain technology to test tuna caught in Indonesia to help corroborate claims the fish were responsibly caught.

The technology also has been embraced by companies in the jewelry business to fight the sale of so-called “conflict diamonds,” which come from war-torn regions.

“Our goal is to provide transparency at every step of a diamond’s journey and ultimately re-shape the way we trade diamonds globally,” said Leanne Kemp chief executive of Everledger, a British company that tracks diamonds from the mines to jewelry stores.

But to completely function as a system, all the parties need to participate, Fearnley said.

Danish shipping giant Maersk estimates the technology could save billions of dollars by eliminating fraud and incorrect deliveries. It is testing the technology with container ships between Kenya and the Netherlands.

But the transition will require investment. A refrigerated product raised in Africa and shipped to Europe requires at least 30 people with some 200 interactions among parties, including customs, taxes, and food safety oversight.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE ( Pegan Diet: Is It Paleo or Vegan Diet? What Is It Actually?)

Thousands of different diets are circulating through the internet in recent years, each promising exceptional results – but only a few of them are truly delivering on their promises. The Pegan Diet is a term that has been rising in popularity recently, and many, people have adapted to this diet. The diet mixes the healthiest elements of both the Paleo and Vegan diet; thus creating a diet that ensures the dieter achieves a perfect balance between nutrition, healthy fats and other essential compounds that the body needs to not only be healthy but also to function better. In this post, we’d like to focus on what exactly the Pegan diet is, as well as take a look at its benefits and drawbacks, to help you make a more informed decision as to whether or not this diet is suitable for you.

               What Is The Pegan Diet

Before we take a look at the pros and cons, as well as the food choices that you can choose from when you follow the Pegan diet, let’s take a quick look at what exactly this diet is. As we’ve mentioned previously, the diet is a combination of both a Vegan diet plan and a Paleo diet plan – many people are confused in this part as they think it is either one of the two. To better understand, let’s take a look at these two diets separately:

  • Vegan Diet – The Vegetarian Resource Group
    explains that a vegan diet is similar to a vegetarian diet, but in addition to excluding fish, poultry, and meat from their diet, vegans also exclude all kind of animal-related products from their diets and their lifestyle. This includes eggs and honey, as well as cosmetics, wool, leather and other products that contain animal by-products.
  • Paleo Diet – A Paleo diet, according to Nerd Fitness
    , is a diet that follows the tradition of “living like a caveman” about a person’s diet. This means a person who follows a Paleo diet would eat anything a caveman would be able to hunt for or gather, such as fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, seeds, and nuts. Anything that a caveman would not be able to gather or hunt for, such as cereal, candy, and pasta, should be eliminated.

CNN Health explains that the Pegan diet fundamentally requires the individual to adjust their diet in such a way that meats only account for 25% of their dietary intake and plants for the rest of the 75%. Unlike a vegan diet that would only require a vegetarian diet for weight loss, as an example, the Pegan diet would also require the person to consume some meat as well, even when used for weight loss.

The Benefits Of The Pegan Diet

Let’s take a look at some of the most beneficial advantages that you can obtain when you follow the Pegan diet.

  • The Pegan diet does not allow any dairy products to be consumed. While this might be difficult for some people to adapt to, it might have numerous benefits for you. Nutrition Studies
    explains that higher dairy intake has been linked to a higher risk of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and type 1 diabetes.
  • Pegan dieting
    combines the healthiest elements of the Vegan and Paleo diet without bringing along any of the adverse impacts that any of the two diets have been associated with; thus you are giving your body healthy foods that will help it function better.
  • This diet is also perfect for people who have a little extra fat that seems to be stubborn as the combination of foods often helps to reduce stubborn fat around the stomach and buttock areas.


               The Drawbacks Of The Pegan Diet

Similar to how this type of diet has numerous benefits for the dieter, we should also focus on the drawbacks that this diet has.

  • The Pegan diet completely prohibits the consumption of dairy products, which might be very difficult for some people to adapt to.
  • This diet requires the consumption of organic meats only. These meats are much more expensive than non-organic meats, which means a person would need to have a larger budget to work on if they are switching from another diet to the Pegan diet.
  • Switching from a Vegan diet to a Pegan diet can be quite difficult as 25% of all food intake should be meat in this diet, but with a Vegan lifestyle, the person would be used to completely avoiding any animal-based products, including eggs and meat.

               What’s Allowed And What’s Not?

While we have discussed the most important aspects of the Pegan diet, we should also look at the foods that are allowed and, of course, the ones that are not allowed. We’ll also share some delicious meal ideas with you to help you get started.

Allowed Foods:

  • Certain fats that are considered to be of high quality. These fats are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. It includes olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil.
  • Lentils, but legumes, peanuts, pinto and other types of beans are not allowed.
  • Healthy grains like quinoa.
  • Grass-fed meat that comes from animals that are antibiotic-free (organic meat). Eggs, beef and other types of meat should not account for more than 25% of a person’s daily food intake.
  • Vegetables and fruit are vital for this diet and must account for 75% of all food that the person consumes daily.

Disallowed Foods:

  • Sugar should be avoided as much as possible. It is okay to consume something that contains sugar once in a while, but this should be seen as an occasional treat.
  • Dairy should be completely avoided if you intend to follow through on this diet plan as dairy might be difficult to digest.
  • Soy is also a food that should be avoided when following the Pegan diet plan.

Meal Idea

To help you get started, here are a few meal ideas that you can prepare while following the Pegan diet plan:

  • Vegan Ceaser Salad
  • Falafel
  • Gluten Free Carrot Cake
  • Chicken With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Spinach

Final Words

While both the Vegan and Paleo diet is often considered to be two excellent choices when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, many people are now turning towards a Pegan diet, which combines the best elements of these two diets in one. The diet is healthy and has numerous benefits for the dieter, and can even help to reduce your risk of obtaining certain diseases and health conditions.

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FOODIE UPDATE (FOOD SAFETY AND REGULATORY AUTHORITY IS A MUST IN AFRICA)

Some three years back there was a debate around the use of brine solution on chicken that is sold in fast food retail stores across the country. At the time we requested the Ministry of Health, which is the only regulatory authority, to provide us with specifications on the amount of brine that can be applied on chicken and other food
items such as beef.

There were no answers forthcoming from the ministry, except a brief statement that the companies using brine solution should do it with care.
This week, the Minister of Health, Dorcas Makgato stated that the some imported foods are responsible for the spread of non-
communicable diseases. Our country imports more than 50% of food items from neighbouring countries, especially South Africa.

Such imports include chicken, pork
and vegetables among others, which are not subjected to intense scrutiny when they are crossed into the country and ultimately into our plates.
Many, if not all fast food retail stores originate from South Africa, their preferred destination for importing food items including chicken, and pork and even beef,
which is in abundance in Botswana.

It is against this backdrop that we call for strengthening of laws and establishment of Food Regulatory Authority or Commission that will be mandated with ensuring that all the food that is in circulation in Botswana is safe for consumption. The body can go for benchmarking exercises in developed countries such as in the European Union where public safety is given priority than
anything else.

The body should set safe limits of
ingredients in food items and drink beverages, and any chemical or colourant found in food items. We should always remember the China infant milk scandal of 2008; the UK sausage scandal of
2012 and Robertsons spice
scandal of 2005 as events that
demonstrate the need for
comprehensive food safety laws.

The minister acknowledged
that we have good policies but many of them need to be strengthened and harmonised and responsive to current and emerging issues. As matter of fact, the minister was too embarrassed to state that several agencies scattered across ministries
mandated to protect the consumer are not effective.
These policies can only be enforced by an Authority that dedicates all its time to ensuring that the public is protected from
unscrupulous traders and individuals who are bent on making quick cash at the expense of unsuspecting members of the
public.

The Authority will also ensure that traders who erase expiry dates of canned foods are severely dealt with. We have long neglected
public safety and the time to act is nay or else we will wake up when it is too late to reverse the damage.

The minister should take leadership in ensuring that this Authority is established before the end of the eleventh Parliament
and that will be her legacy.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (GTBANK FOOD AND DRINK FAIR TO BOOST SMALL BUSINESSES)

As part of its continued efforts to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of young Nigerians, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, is currently providing opportunities to more
than 100 small businesses in Nigeria’s Food Industry through provision of free storefronts at the GTBank Food and Drink taking place in Lagos to commemorate the 2017 Worker’s Day.

The two-day event offers small businesses in the Nigerian Food Industry a free and vibrant platform to connect with a wider
segment of their target markets as well as experts in their business fields. Promoters of the fair told journalists in Lagos on Friday that the 2016 edition had over 90 exhibitors from the food sector and attracted more than 25,000 guests.

They promised that the 2017 edition will expand on the favourite features of the previous
event, such as MasterClasses led by
internationally renowned Chefs and Sales Exhibitions by small businesses. Assistant Manager and Group Head, Communications & External Affairs at the bank, Oyinade Adegite, said: “It will also
provide new and exciting features such as a Farmers’ Market, where SMEs involved in agriculture will showcase and sell fresh and
organic farm products, and a Baking Masterclass for children kids.

There will also be a diverse range of restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes, outdoor grills and thrilling entertainment as well as savoury wine tastings to enable attendees experience an exciting and eclectic mix of undiscovered brands and household names alike.

She further added that the exhibition will be free to attend and guaranteed an unparalleled food experience for everyone,
pointing out that all that is involved is online registration
It was also revealed at the press briefing that a wide variety of cuisines at the fair would be such that one can munch his or her way around the world.

“If you are a food lover, get set to loosen your belt for the gastronomic delights that will be served by a diverse range of restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes. If you love drinks, then prep your taste buds for savoury wine tastings and finely mixed cocktails.

“At the heart of the Food and Drink fair is the exhibition and sales by over hundred SMEs in the Nigerian food industry. Geared
towards promoting indigenous agriculture and supporting small businesses, the Exhibition will provide a platform for SMEs to showcase a wide variety of products ranging from fresh organic groceries to dry foods, confectionary and pastries, ready to eat consumables and drinks as well as top quality crockery,” she stated.

Meanwhile, in an earlier statement, the organisers had stated that there would be
cooking master classes, with the masters of cooking, including internationally renowned chef, Raphael Duntoye, chef patron of la petite maison, famous food and
fitness expert Kevin Curry and pop-up restaurateur – Lerato Umah-Shaylor. “Nothing better embellishes delicious foods than watching celebrity chefs prepare them live, and that’s exactly what you will get at the GTBank Food and Drink MasterClasses.

The MasterClasses will be led by
internationally renowned Chefs, such as, Raphael Duntoye, chef patron of la petite maison, famous food and fitness expert Kevin Curry, TV chef and pop-up restaurateur Lerato Umah-Shaylor and renowned food blogger, Jehan Powell.

Other Masterchef headliners include Ronke Edoho, founder of 9jafoodie.com, Nkesi Enyioha, owner of HSE Café, Chef Abiola
Akanji of Red Dish Chronicles and Chef Benedict Okuzu, the West African Chef Ambassador for German home appliance brand, “Miele.”

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (CONTEC AGRO TO INVEST $360m IN ORGANIC LABS IN NIGERIA)

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Appoint EFCC Chair Outside the Police CONTEC Agro to Invest $360m in Organic Labs in Nigeria
Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
Chairman of CONTEC Global Agro Limited (CGAL), a subsidiary of CONTEC Global Group, Dr. Benoy Berry has said the company plans
to boost food security in Nigeria by setting up $10 million organic agro-labs in each of the 36 states before 2018.

He made this declaration after he was conferred with Outstanding Achievement in Food Security by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abuja. The leadership
award was received on his behalf by the Executive Director, CGAL, Ms Farida Adam.
He dedicated the award to the entire Nigeria farmers, saying it was a great accomplishment to be honoured by one of the most important bodies in Nigeria.

“For us at CONTEC Global Group, this award represents the most important endorsement of the services we offer to Nigerians and other nationals across various critical sectors including Agriculture, Energy, Information Technology, Oil & Gas and Hospitality.

“If hunger is to be banished from Nigeria, we must think organic farming. That is why we are investing N20 billion into the sector to address hunger, malnutrition and food security,” Berry said.

He called for concerted efforts in organic agriculture especially by multinational companies and well to do Nigerians, saying the need to invest in agriculture has become more expedient as Nigeria’s population is expected to hit 450 million at the turn of 2030.

He said: “We have consciously laid the foundation since we commenced production of organic agriculture inputs four years ago through massive investment
of N20 billion to herald a new culture in Nigeria’s agriculture, from our world class research facilities in Maitama district of
Abuja, for higher crop yields”.

To achieve the company’s goal in food security drive, he said a sustainable template has been designed to increase crop yields through production of only
organic inputs for over 50,000 farmers this planting season.
He said the company is spurred to
delivering unique, natural products that improve crop yield and quality while protecting the soil from harmful effects of
chemical based agriculture.

Meanwhile Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has commended Berry for
his bold strides in organic agriculture to banish hunger from the country. Amosun, who was also awarded NUJ Governor for 2016, has pledged to partner
CGAL for food security drive in Ogun State.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (UN TO CUT FOOD AID FOR NIGERIA CRISIS OVER LACK OF FUND)

The UN said four countries including Nigeria are facing a humanitarian crisis

Food aid will be cut for more than a million Nigerians affected by Boko Haram’s insurgency if promised funding from the international community does not arrive, according to a United Nations official. Peter Lundberg, the deputy UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, wrote in the French newspaper Le Monde that just 15% of the UN aid appeal for one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises has been received.

Over the next six months, 242 million dollars (£193 million) is needed to help 1.8 million people, he said. “Without sufficient financing, the World Food Program (WFP) will have to reduce its vital support,” he wrote.

Half a million children in north-east Nigeria are suffering from severe malnutrition, Mr Lundberg warned. “Without treatment, one in five will die.” WFP’s Nigeria office did not respond to a request for more details on what aid would be cut and when.

Nigeria is part of what the UN has called the largest humanitarian crisis since the world body was founded in 1945, with more than 20 million people in four countries facing possible famine. The other nations are South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. Mr Lundberg said the UN has appealed for one billion dollars (£780 million) in aid this year for Nigeria, where an estimated 4.7 million people in the north-east are in urgent need of food aid.

Nigeria’s military has been fighting to win back areas that have been under the control of the Boko Haram extremist group. The Islamic insurgency in the vast north- east has disrupted both markets and farming, creating the hunger crisis.

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FOODIE UPDATE (NORWAY INTENDS TO EXPAND SEA FOOD INDUSTRY IN NIGERIA)

One cannot talk of sea food, particularly stockfish without mentioning Norway. That is why people from various works of
life, including international traders, Norwegian and Nigerian government officials, and other stake holders in the Nigerian fishery industry converged at
Eko Hotels, Lagos for the Norwegian seafood seminar on networking relations for Norwegian stockfish, pelagic and
salmon in the Nigerian market.

Speaking at the event which was held recently, the Executive Director, Nigerian Institute of Marine Research and Oceanography, Dr. Gbolagade Akande, noted that Nigeria has been importing stockfish from Norway since the 1890s. A situation he described as a good
business relation between the two countries.

However, Dr. Gbolagade Akande, who represented the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe, regretted that there was imbalance in the bilateral relationship between Norway and Nigeria, noting that
the development is to the disadvantage of the country.
Elucidating, he said, “There is trade imbalance in the bilateral relationship because Nigerian imports hugely from Norway but Norway cannot be said to be
taking anything from Nigeria. This is not good for our economy. That is why we are advocating for the need to invest and encourage research into the area of aquaculture and fishmeal production.

There is a lot of fish in our water that can support fishmeal production, but sadly Nigeria depends largely on importation of
fishmeal into the country. We want Norway to come and invest in fishmeal industry in Nigeria to close the gap in this trade imbalance.”

The minister said this is important
because Norway is not importing oil from Nigeria because Norway too has oil. He called on Norwegian government to look
at the seafood sector of agriculture where the two countries have many things in common and invest in it. He
described the seminar as another
opportunity for Nigeria and Norway to move forward in their business relations.

“Now we are talking of how to move forward and the way to go about that is to work on how we can bridge the disparity between demand and supply. To achieve this, the two countries will collaborate to inject money into research while Norway is particularly needed to set up fishmeal companies in Nigeria,” said Ogbe While pointing out that there is still a huge potential in the market, Ogbe put the demand of 180 million people population in Nigeria at 2.7million metric
tons, out of which he said Nigeria is only producing 1.7 metric tons.
The Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Ronny Berg, expressed the wishes of the Norwegian government and exporters to assist the Nigerian fish importers trading with them in any legitimate way they can as well as in other fisheries sector like aquaculture in this period of Nigeria’s scarce foreign exchange and slow trade
in the non-oil sector.

Mr. Ronny Berg, who was represented by the Ambassador of Norway to Nigeria, Jens-Peter Kjemprud, also admitted that
there is a lot of opportunities in the seafood sector and promised that Norway is determined to collaborate with Nigeria to explore the sector. He, however, stated that the recent economic situation in the world has affected the sector like other areas of the
global economy but added that a lot is being done to boost production and create jobs, where necessary.

The ambassador also agreed with the Nigerian minister that Norway has been exporting stock fish to Nigeria since 1890s and that Norwegian seafood represents an important source of protein to many Nigerians. The ambassador, who pointed out that Nigeria is Norway’s biggest trading partner on the African continent, said:
“Nigeria and Norway have bilateral trade relations and we have been working closely together for more than 100 years.
We are investing in fish, especially stock fish, sardines, and mackerel, as well as oil.

Nigeria is a fertile land and that is why we will do more in our investment here.” He, however, called on the federal government to boost its provision of infrastructure such as power and tighter security for their investment to bloom in order to command more investment into
the country. He did acknowledge the fact that Nigerians are friendly people that do not discriminate against foreigners.

During the various presentations, it was gathered that Nigeria and Norway have long-standing traditions for seafood trade that is over a hundred years old.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (NIGERIA FROZEN FOOD BUSINESS)

Frozen food business in Nigeria has become another successful goal to become rich and have a sustainable income. The demands for frozen foods only grows concerning to the increase of
middle-class citizens. Moreover, these citizens tend to live in urban areas of Nigeria.

If they can get some fresh food in
rural areas of the country, it may not be an option for big cities. It makes frozen foods business one of the best options for new entrepreneurs. Frozen food poses many advantages for any urban consumer. The frozen state of
the food keeps it fresh and saves nutrient elements. The business is very profitable as depending on the food`s size and sale location, one entrepreneur can get up to 200% profit.

How to start frozen food business?
Frozen food business plan sample
First of all, you need to have a business plan for the frozen food business. When you start your business many things come into your mind. Therefore, you need to
analyze the market and your actions to conquering the market.

It means that your strategy would be divided into two folds:
1. How to survive?
2. How to prosper?
You may need to find other persons who are also in the frozen foods business. They would give you a professional advice how
to write a business plan. The simplest business plan consists of the following clauses:
Product description. In this part, you need to include your type of goods to sell, distributors, farms, manufacturer, freezing, and packaging process.

Equipment. You need to include how many freezers you plan to get and if they are ready to be sold or ship. If you are setting up a frozen food business from home, then you should explain the whole process for packaging and
freezing. Describe vehicles you plan to use to distribute your products.

Industry: If you plan to sell directly to consumers, then you need to analyze the market demand of the area where you
want to sell products. You should explain why people will want your product! If you plan to sell to the local restaurants and groceries, then identify the size of
the business. Do not forget to analyze your competitors and prove that your food would be competitive on the market.

Marketing: In this section, you need to describe how you will sell the products. If you plan to sell it directly, then explain your packaging and label that will help
people to buy food from you. Marketing also cover your product promotion plan.

Finances: In this part, you need to
estimate your profit and expenses. Do not forget that expenses include the cost of equipment, delivery, packaging, storing and manufacturing. Calculate your prices and be sure that they are
marketable. You should also calculate some products you need to sell to stay in the frozen food business in Nigeria. The frozen food business plan is to be composed for three years at least.

The mentioned above clauses are minimally required for a frozen food business plan.
Business Capital
It`s an essential part if you want to launch your frozen food business. You should search for capital before you start any
business. The scale of your venture is limited by the amount of money you have brought to support it.

Moreover, you should understand that before your recently open frozen food shop starts to bring you profit, you need to invest
a huge amount of money in it. Make enough budget so that you would cover all initial expenses. You might also consider setting aside some sum of money to stay in business if you can`t stabilize your income in first months.

Product Line: Think clearly about what you are going to sell to the people. You might think about
getting your hands on poultry products as they are in great demand. Therefore, poultry and seafood can be your first option as it`s the best to start with something what everybody needs. Still, make your local market analysis, try to find what the number one frozen food in the
area is.

For instance, you want to start with fish, then try to find which fish people prefer in this particular area. Moreover, if you want to sell different frozen products, then do
not store them in one refrigerator. For example, fish has not pleasant aroma for some people. If you are about to start poultry and fish frozen food business, then some people may not like the idea of
getting two products from the same refrigerator.

Suitable Location: The location is also a necessary part of any
business. Some ventures thrive in certain locations, while others fail. Once again, make a complete analysis of the area you want to start your business. Moreover,
analyze your frozen food shop perspective in two years in this area.
If you understand that you will live in this area in the survival mode and it will not change in the next few years, then why don’t you consider other options? Initial
costs for the business can provide you few month of the survival mode until you start to get profit.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (SON ACQUAINTS POULTRY FARMERS ON EGGS’ STORAGE, GRADING)

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has appealed to
poultry farmers to adhere to the
standards, especially, in eggs’ storage, grading and
production.

The Director-General (D-G) of SON,
Mr Osita Aboloma, gave the advice at a training programme
organised by the agency for
Poultry Farmers Association of
Nigeria, Kaduna State Chapter.
Aboloma in a statement he released on Monday said that the
training was to assist farmers
achieve best practices in the
sector, including value addition.

He advised farmers to go into
processing eggs into powdery
forms to guarantee its availability
all year round. He said that this would stabilise prices of eggs in the market and the sector would be creating more jobs for the unemployed.
“We want farmers to know that
there are standard rules to adhere
to and best practices that can help
advance the sector.

“It is in the interest of both the
farmers and consumers of the
product to enhance the growth of
the sector,” he said Aboloma was represented by the Kaduna State Coordinator of SON, Mr Dalami Datti.
Mr Ishaku Dogo, the chairman of
the association, said the training
had afforded the farmers the
opportunities to have a better
understanding of standardisation
in the sector.

Dogo said the farmers had realised that standards had a role to play in the success of poultry business.
He urged SON to replicate the
training in other states of the
federation so that more farmers
would benefit from it. (NAN)