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AFRICABIZ VOL 1 - ISSUE: 66
OCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 14, 2004
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Editor: Dr. Bienvenu-Magloire Quenum
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Dear visitor and international investor,


We warmly welcome you, if this is your first visit to Africabiz Online - The ultimate newsletter on trading and investing in 49 sub-Saharan African countries. If you are a regular and faithful reader, welcome back.

- AFRICABIZ INTERACTIVE

Till now Africabiz Online and Africabiz Email Edition were announcement deliveries. Which means readers cannot add comments or discuss about arguments put forward in posted articles.

Africabiz Editorial Team is pleased to announce that starting from delivery N: 66, you are now reading, visitors to Africabiz Online or subscribers to Africabiz Email Edition have the opportunity to contribute to the debate posting comments on Africabiz InterActive.

Of course, the platform is moderated to keep at bay comments that do not fit in and particularly those that use abusive expressions and language.


We invite you to visit Africabiz Interactive and contribute.

- DEBT RELIEF? YES. AND WHAT ELSE?


There are now talks and statements by main economic big powers' decisions makers about eventual debts relief in favor of developing countries. UK's Tony Blair starts the trend, followed by officials of US' Bush administration. Some countries such as Germany remain reluctant to changing their mind about the problem, which means that there is still a long road to go to reaching a consensus.

However, such talks and discussions are already a good reverse from the policy that prevailed till now and refused to envisage debts' relief in favor of developing countries. Policy that had been constantly challenged and denounced as 'immoral" by several Non Governmental Organizations and by eminent economists such Dr. Jeffrey Sachs.

Nevertheless, If eventually the new trend becomes effective; and G7 countries finally agree to debts' relief or cancellation in favor of developing countries, one is entitled to ponder about the effectiveness of such move to triggering sustained development in poor countries. Click here to read about: Debts' Relief Without Additional Loans To Developing Would Not Alleviate Poverty.

Your feedback / objection / contribution is welcome. Visit WorldWide BizCenter, and choose General Information (as topic) to create a thread for discussion. On the top of the WorldWide BizCenter page, there is a HELP link to assist you making an efficient use of the discussion board. This link also is useful


Many thanks for dropping by and see you here on November 15, 2004.


Dr. B.M. Quenum

Editor of AFRICABIZ
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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN AFRICA


- Several business opportunities - component parts of the Integrated Developing Scheme described in Africans, Stop Being Poor! are listed in following table.


a- SHEA BUTTER (5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13)
b- BLUE GOLD (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)
c- FREEZE-DRIED PAPAIN (20, 21, 22 and here)
d- KENAF (23, 24)
e- VEGETABLE OIL (25, 26, 27, 28)
f- CEREALS (30, 31, 32, 33)
g- FRUITS (34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46)
h- ESSENTIAL OILS (47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52)
i- ROOTS & TUBERS (54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64)
j- FOWL BREEDING (66,

- FOWL BREEDING AS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: PART I - GENERAL INTRODUCTION

With this delivery starts a new series of "Business Opportunities" dedicated to fowl breeding. Over coming months will be discussed all kinds of fowl breeding: poultry, turkey, goose, ducks, ostrich and emu as income building power for African communities.

Indeed, fowl breeding is an economic component to the strategy here exposed that could make an important contribution to boosting the economic development of any African country. It is the provider of animal protein to the populations. It helps set up small breeding farms as well as big cooperative undertaking for villages and regional development.

Therefore for several months to come, starting from this delivery, fowl breeding will be exposed with regards briefs about investment and generated incomes.

- C - STARTING CHEAP AND GROWING BIG

Fowl breeding is a rare opportunity to starting at a very small level and growing big fast to earning substantial revenues. Let us consider a quick overview of duck breeding, at a very small level, as example.

Indeed, starting for instance with 3 drakes (male ducks) and 10 female ducks, one could have, every month - starting from the third month of operation - 80 to 210 ducks to sell - at size averaging 3 kg to 7.5 kg depending on the animal bred. With pricing varying between US$ 3 to 7 per unit, the selling of the monthly stock represents a pretty good monthly gross revenue for a small farmer in tropical areas.

Muscovy duck - Courtesy University of Oklahoma- The animal chosen for the breeding operation matters for small-farmer. One best choice is Muscovy duck (pictured at the left side - Courtesy of University of Oklahoma) that is fully described at this website.

Muscovy hens can set three times a year, and the egg clutches can vary from 8 to 21 eggs. The egg are incubated for 35 days. A full-grown drake weighs about 15 pounds, and a duck up to 9-10 pounds.

There is a lot of good poultry information on the Web, along with some excellent books for small-scale or backyard poultry keepers.

This delivery is just a global introduction that shows how it is possible to stage an income building operation based on fowl breeding in tropical areas.. Another one will deal, in the future, with duck breeding in more comprehensive manner and show how such an operation extended over several thousand of small farmers could help developing economic activities in African rural areas.

MORE ON FOWL BREEDING
1- Poultry Breeding and Genetics
by R.D. Crawford
2- The Dollar Hen: The Classic Guide to American Free-Range Farming
by Milo M. Hastingd, Robert Plamondon
3- Small-Scale Poultry-Keeping: A Guide To Free-Range Poultry Production
by Ray Feltwell
4- The Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Nutrition
by M.F. Fuller, et al
5-
The Mating and Breeding of Poultry
by Harry M. Lamon, Rob R. Slocum
6- Modern Livestock and Poultry Production
by James R. Gillespie

7- Success With Baby Chicks: A Complete Guide to Hatchery Selection
by Robert Plamondon
8- The Classic Guide To Poultry Nutrition:
Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Gamebirds, and Pigeons
by Gustave F. Hauser
9- The Strange History of The Ostrich
In Fashion, Food and Fortune
by Rob Nixon
10- Ostrich's Avian Incubation: Behaviour, Environment and Evolution
by D. Charles Deeming

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