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How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 6:00pm On Jun 28, 2014
Plantain as a major source of food in many
regions throughout Nigeria and Sub-saharan
Africa can be grown and processed profitably in
Nigeria.
The production of plantain as shown from
research is over 70 million metric tones per
year. Despite this figure, we are still in short
supply meaning that demand is more than
supply.
Plantain can either be used for domestic
consumption or as a source of raw material by
other processing producers.
For instance, plantain can be processed into
chips or flour and sold locally or export abroad.
Plantain flour because of its value has now
become a popular food today in both local and
foreign market.
In Nigeria, the potential national demand for
plantain flour has been estimated to be in excess
of 200,000 Tonnes/Annum
The current supply level is probably less than
20% of the estimated demand with only few
companies producing on mechanized and
commercial scale.
The facilities required for a small/medium
scale plantain flour mill include drying
machine, slicing/chipping machine, milling
machine and packaging machine.
The average production cost per Kg of plantain
flour is N236, while the average retail price per
Kg of good quality plantain flour is N330 per
Kg.
Plantain is the major raw material for plantain
flour production, and it is available all year
round in commercial quantities in many parts
of Nigeria such as
Enugu,Imo,Osun,Oyo,Ogun,Anambra,Bayelsa e.t.c
Nigeria is said to be the largest producer of
plantain in West Africa.
The processing line for plantain flour
production is as follows:
1. Sorting: This involves inspection of plantain
fingers to identify and remove unsuitable ones
i.e. spoilt, immature pulps e.t.c.
2. Weighing: The sorted plantains are properly
weighed to quantify input of the raw plantain.
3. Blanching: The green plantain fruits are
soaked in hot water for some minutes to soften
the skin for easy peeling.
4. Peeling: The plantain peels are removed
manually using sharp knives to obtain the
pulp.
5. Slicing/Chipping: The pulp is sliced or
chipped with the aid of a mechanical slicer.
6. Drying: The sliced plantain is dried in a
short time with the aid of an industrial drying
machine.
7. Milling: The dried plantain slices/chips are
milled in a hammer mill.
8. Sieving: The flour is sieved to obtain the
desire particle size.
9. Packaging: The flour is packaged in moisture
proof packaging material ready for sale.
Now, if you operate a plantain flour mill that
has the capacity to process 1tonne of plantain
flour per day, and you implement a good and
efficient marketing strategy, the following
average monthly figures are true:
Production volume per month = 29tones
(29000Kg)
Sales = N9, 570,000
Direct cost of sales = N6, 844,000
Miscellaneous = N500,000
Profit per month = N2,226,000.
Plantain flour mill can be operated profitably
any where in Nigeria. The start-up cost at a
small scale is approximately N6,000,000. This
will cover the cost of procurement of land,
factory construction, furniture, vehicle and
procurement/installation of machinery.
Drop your comment or questions for
clarifications, more info and technical assistance.
Call 08164628081,01-7910494
Also,Like our facebook fanpage on
www.facebook.com/lesgupnigeria for more wealth
creating info in agribusiness.

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Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Egomah(m): 10:25am On Jun 30, 2014
Hello and good morning to you. I would like to know if there is a use for platain peel, cos of the volume after making use of the main platain.
Thanks
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 5:17pm On Jun 30, 2014
Egomah: Hello and good morning to you. I would like to know if there is a use for platain peel, cos of the volume after making use of the main platain.
Thanks
Good question.
The peel can also be grinded to make flour.
Its very nutritious and high in vitamins.
Would be dried for some days and then follow the same process of making plantain flour.
It also mean that you will be making money from both the main plantain flour and the flour generated from the peel.
Brazil is the highest producer of this kind of flour.
generated from the peel.
This can also be an advantage for new plantain flour establishment because most flour companies actually dispose them off

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Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 8:02am On Jul 07, 2014
2 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSUME PLANTAIN FLOUR
The demand for plantain flour is increasing day by day especially due to increased awareness of.its health benefits.
Plantain flour has been found to be healthy as well as high energy food.
Plantain flour provide adequate level of minerals such as iron,magnesium and phosphorus which is essential for bone strenghtening and cardiac-protective role.Therefore to prevent yourself from having heart attack consume more of plantain flour than any other.
I have never had the experience constipation even if i filled my tummy with plantain flour but not with the case of other flour especially the wheat flour.
The reason being that plantain flour contain dietary fibre that help normal bowel movements thereby reducing constipation
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Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 12:26pm On Jul 07, 2014
The major machinery and equipment for production of plantain flour are:Dryer,plantain slicer,Hammer mill with cyclone,Vibro sifter,soaking tanks and packaging machine.
The machineries can be fabricated locally to reduce cost production by Over 20%.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by smlafolabi(m): 3:22am On Oct 17, 2014
Nice write up
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 9:36am On Oct 17, 2014
smlafolabi:
Nice write up
Thank you.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by akokite: 12:58pm On Nov 12, 2014
How can I get these machines and can I start on a smaller scale
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 7:24am On Nov 13, 2014
akokite:
How can I get these machines and can I start on a smaller scale
Where are you based?
Cheap Local fabricated machineries are available to kickstart on.a smaller scale.
You can connect with me on whatsapp 08164628081 to discuss more.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by meemeee: 2:29pm On Nov 13, 2014
following
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by bafnaija: 10:30am On Nov 20, 2014
This is good information but before getting to the flour production someone should first master the species of plantain to plant that could produce more flour. For all you guys, what is the best plantain variety in the list below to produce flour in industrial scale?

1. Pita 14
2. Pita 17
3. Pita 24
4. Pita 26
5. Bita 3
6. Agbagba

I am busy researching the best one that could produce more flour and good taste. Thank you.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Gadgetmobil(m): 12:06pm On Nov 20, 2014
You are doing a great Job @Lesgupnigeria, God bless you, we are watching and following
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 8:18am On Nov 21, 2014
bafnaija:
This is good information but before getting to the flour production someone should first master the species of plantain to plant that could produce more flour. For all you guys, what is the best plantain variety in the list below to produce flour in industrial scale?

1. Pita 14
2. Pita 17
3. Pita 24
4. Pita 26
5. Bita 3
6. Agbagba

I am busy researching the best one that could produce more flour and good taste. Thank you.
Good that you are researching more on that,probably you will get one or two things there.

Good Plantain flour must be odorless, have bland taste etc.
In as much that you have good plantain bunch,you are good to process into plantain flour.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by bafnaija: 11:48am On Nov 22, 2014
Which variety is mostly used in Nigeria for flour?
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by bafnaija: 11:49am On Nov 22, 2014
And where is the best place to get a supply of suckers?
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 4:41pm On Nov 22, 2014
bafnaija:
Which variety is mostly used in Nigeria for flour?
i am more familiar with agbagba
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 5:34am On Nov 28, 2014
bafnaija:
And where is the best place to get a supply of suckers?
You can get it from me @#100/sucker.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by bafnaija: 3:51pm On Nov 28, 2014
What is the growth cycle, the height of the trunk and the weight of the bunch, number of fingers, the length of the whole bunch, the grade of the fruit, how much dry matter per 100gm, the colour of the pulp in maturity, the bunch yield for Agbagba?

How much could you be able to supply?

If possible, can you post photo of a bunch of agbagba? Thanks.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by opo26: 11:27pm On Nov 28, 2014
Lesgupnigeria:
Plantain as a major source of food in many
regions throughout Nigeria and Sub-saharan
Africa can be grown and processed profitably in
Nigeria.
The production of plantain as shown from
research is over 70 million metric tones per
year. Despite this figure, we are still in short
supply meaning that demand is more than
supply.
Plantain can either be used for domestic
consumption or as a source of raw material by
other processing producers.
For instance, plantain can be processed into
chips or flour and sold locally or export abroad.
Plantain flour because of its value has now
become a popular food today in both local and
foreign market.
In Nigeria, the potential national demand for
plantain flour has been estimated to be in excess
of 200,000 Tonnes/Annum
The current supply level is probably less than
20% of the estimated demand with only few
companies producing on mechanized and
commercial scale.
The facilities required for a small/medium
scale plantain flour mill include drying
machine, slicing/chipping machine, milling
machine and packaging machine.
The average production cost per Kg of plantain
flour is N236, while the average retail price per
Kg of good quality plantain flour is N330 per
Kg.
Plantain is the major raw material for plantain
flour production, and it is available all year
round in commercial quantities in many parts
of Nigeria such as
Enugu,Imo,Osun,Oyo,Ogun,Anambra,Bayelsa e.t.c
Nigeria is said to be the largest producer of
plantain in West Africa.
The processing line for plantain flour
production is as follows:
1. Sorting: This involves inspection of plantain
fingers to identify and remove unsuitable ones
i.e. spoilt, immature pulps e.t.c.
2. Weighing: The sorted plantains are properly
weighed to quantify input of the raw plantain.
3. Blanching: The green plantain fruits are
soaked in hot water for some minutes to soften
the skin for easy peeling.
4. Peeling: The plantain peels are removed
manually using sharp knives to obtain the
pulp.
5. Slicing/Chipping: The pulp is sliced or
chipped with the aid of a mechanical slicer.
6. Drying: The sliced plantain is dried in a
short time with the aid of an industrial drying
machine.
7. Milling: The dried plantain slices/chips are
milled in a hammer mill.
8. Sieving: The flour is sieved to obtain the
desire particle size.
9. Packaging: The flour is packaged in moisture
proof packaging material ready for sale.
Now, if you operate a plantain flour mill that
has the capacity to process 1tonne of plantain
flour per day, and you implement a good and
efficient marketing strategy, the following
average monthly figures are true:
Production volume per month = 29tones
(29000Kg)
Sales = N9, 570,000
Direct cost of sales = N6, 844,000
Miscellaneous = N500,000
Profit per month = N2,226,000.
Plantain flour mill can be operated profitably
any where in Nigeria. The start-up cost at a
small scale is approximately N6,000,000. This
will cover the cost of procurement of land,
factory construction, furniture, vehicle and
procurement/installation of machinery.
Drop your comment or questions for
clarifications, more info and technical assistance.
Call +23465220074 -7910494
Also,Like our facebook fanpage on
www.facebook.com/lesgupnigeria for more wealth
creating info in agribusiness.
. ooga plz help me I have passion for farming
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Ojilo: 7:25am On Nov 29, 2014
Pls I will like to know if any preservative is required.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 6:15pm On Nov 30, 2014
Ojilo:
Pls I will like to know if any preservative is required.
Preservative is not required.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by meemeee: 10:09pm On Dec 01, 2014
Please are you sure about this?
Lesgupnigeria:

Preservative is not required.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 7:52am On Dec 02, 2014
meemeee:
Please are you sure about this?
What will.be the essence of Preservative in the products.
If well packaged,it can last for a year with no deterioration.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by tosyeno1987: 5:21pm On Dec 10, 2014
Nice Write-up, but my question is ........
what exactly are you adding to the flour to form.

And secondly, you talked about the flour but didn't talked on how to make the flour into food that will be consume by the people? Or can the flour be consumed ordinarily?

Thirdly, having to dry it with a drying machine, is there any implication to the production? and why not drying with the natural sun?
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 7:31pm On Dec 10, 2014
tosyeno1987:
Nice Write-up, but my question is ........
what exactly are you adding to the flour to form.

And secondly, you talked about the flour but didn't talked on how to make the flour into food that will be consume by the people? Or can the flour be consumed ordinarily?

Thirdly, having to dry it with a drying machine, is there any implication to the production? and why not drying with the natural sun?

Vitamin A can be added to the flour.The flour is used to make swallow majorly consume by diabetes patient.

Cabinet dryer is best used to dry it.
Using natural sun mighylt expose your products to contamination
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by sodams007(m): 5:40pm On Jan 01, 2015
Plantain Bunches Supply. 2500-3500 capacity.
Harvest Period: March - April.

Contact: sodams007@yahoo.com, 08067496993.

Serious Business Only!!!

Cheers.

Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 8:26pm On Jan 01, 2015
sodams007:
Plantain Bunches Supply. 2500-3500 capacity.
Harvest Period: March - April.

Contact: sodams007@yahoo.com, 08067496993.

Serious Business Only!!!

Cheers.
Nice one.
Is this your farm? where is the farm located?
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 10:46pm On Jan 01, 2015
2015 is another opportunity to do something differently from how you did it in 2014 if the result you got by doing it that way in 2014 is not worthwhile.

If you have done it differently,you would have ended up with a different result.

See agriculture and do it differently and good result awaits you.
think agricbusiness

stay connected as i will be unveiling different opportunities in agriculture with different approach on how to make them profitable.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by sodams007(m): 11:56pm On Jan 01, 2015
Lesgupnigeria:

Nice one.
Is this your farm? where is the farm located?

Yes bro.... I need to start marketing before they are ready for harvest.

My farm is at Ago Owu farm settlement, after Ikoyi. Apomu Area.

Kindly advise/help.
Regards
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 8:38am On Jan 02, 2015
sodams007:


Yes bro.... I need to start marketing before they are ready for harvest.

My farm is at Ago Owu farm settlement, after Ikoyi. Apomu Area.

Kindly advise/help.
Regards
Good that you have started sourcing for the market now.
i need to know the exact city/state where the farm settlement is located?
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 12:06pm On Jan 02, 2015
a follower ask the below question; Bring your plantain farm on plantain thread and lets solve all the challenges you are facing and all your questions
bookiee:
Hello Sir,
Happy New Year
been following your thread sir..
pplease like how much will I need to start up a plantain plantation.
And how can I market my produce?
Thanks for following.
I work with some processing companies that buys plantain (price varies according to location) and sometimes sells through my nextwork of buyers in the market.
Market is not a problem.
Re: How To Start And Grow A Profitable Plantain Flour Business In Nigeria by Lesgupnigeria(m): 6:17pm On Jan 02, 2015
if you want a diiferent result from your farm business this year,you need to break away from the masses,you need to be strong when others are weak,you need to hold your head when others are fearful,thats when you are position for wealth agribusiness present this year.

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